One of the greatest investments Mourning Hope can make in our community and in the lives of grieving families is the recruitment, training and support of a highly committed group of volunteers. Please read the Volunteer job descriptions below to determine what is best for you!
Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.
Support Group Facilitator
Facilitators lead evening support groups for youth ages kindergarten through high school senior and their families. Groups meet in the evenings from 6:30-8 p.m. Experience is not required. Facilitators must attend one of our training sessions, and are then matched with an experienced group facilitator who serves as a mentor throughout their first series. If both you and Mourning Hope believe facilitating is a good fit for you, you will be asked to commit to facilitating at least one 10-week series (one meeting per week for 10 consecutive weeks) within a year of attending training. A background check is completed on all Mourning Hope facilitators before they begin working with families.
2019 Facilitator Training
Friday, January 25: 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, January 26: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Friday, October 11: 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Saturday, October 12: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Participants are expected to attend both days of training in order to be eligible to facilitate Mourning Hope grief support groups.
$50 one-time fee to cover the cost of a background check, training materials and meals. A reduced fee may be available for students with a full course load. Payment is accepted online or via check. Please note that Mourning Hope is unable to refund your fee if you pay online and do not attend training.
Scholarships are available on a first-come, first-served basis through a generous donation from the Pat Clinch Peace Project.
(Continuing Education is free for current Mourning Hope volunteers facilitators.)
2019 Facilitator "New House" Training
As the Make Room for HOPE capital campaign continues, Mourning Hope gets closer and closer to moving to our forever home at 1311 South Folsom Street. Current Facilitators will be required to attend one "Framing the Future" training session this summer to learn about the new center and how the peer support group structure will incorporate more child-lead activities.
Facilitators must choose one of the following required sessions. Facilitators who work (or would like to work) with caregivers must also attend the caregiver-specific training session:
Thursday, July 18, 6 to 9 p.m. (For Facilitators planning to work with kids and teens)
Saturday, July 27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (For Facilitators planning to work with kids and teens)
Sunday, August 4, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. (For Facilitators planning to work with kids and teens)
Monday, August 5, 6 to 9 p.m. (For Facilitators planning to work with caregivers)
Potluck Partners provide a meal during one night of our support groups. This opportunity is a good fit for an individual, a family or a group. Potluck Partners prepare and setup a buffet-style meal and provide general oversight while families are dining. Following the meal, they are asked to help put food away and leave the kitchen in order.
Handy Helpers complete simple "fix-it" jobs, tidy up the Center, perform yard work, plant flowers and more.
If you have a talent for sewing, you can help grieving families create comfort pillows in memory of their loved ones during evening support group meetings! Sewing nights are listed below and take place from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sewing assistants are asked to bring their own sewing machine, if possible.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Monday, October 21, 2019
Comfort / Therapy Pet Handler
Trained therapy pets and their handlers are invited to attend Mourning Hope's support groups to provide comfort to the grieving children and families in attendance.
Mourning in Motion and Holiday Hope are opportunities for children ages 6 to 17 to express their feelings through various art mediums. Local artists volunteer their time and talents to work with youth.
Student Practical Experiences and Internships
In cooperation with you and your college instructor, Mourning Hope can design an internship for undergraduates or graduate students in human services, communications, or other related fields. Please contact us as early as possible, as limited opportunities are available. Scheduling of hours will be based upon your unique needs and the availability of our staff to supervise.
Do you have a talent not mentioned above that you would like to share with grieving families? We welcome your ideas and questions.