The work, commitment and presence of caring adult volunteers is the heart of the Caring Place.
Grieving children and families at the Caring Place find that they are not alone in their grief. And they find help and support in the midst of their grief. In addition to the other children and families supporting them, helping them and showing them that they're not alone, grieving families are also in a place where caring and committed adults volunteer their time.
No special experience is needed to volunteer at the Caring Place. What is needed is a willingness to listen and support the children and adults.
After completing a comprehensive 26-hour training program and submitting criminal, FBI and child abuse clearances to the state for background checks, the volunteers work in a number of ways with the families.
In addition to helping facilitate the grief work of the children or adults while in their peer groups, volunteers are also important in greeting the families as they enter the building and serving the free dinners of pizza or hoagies, fresh vegetables, drinks and cookies. There are volunteers who also sew the Caring Place quilts, which are made up of the squares that the families lovingly and beautifully decorate in memory of their loved ones.