Volunteer

There are many ways to get involved with the Grief Center, as a group or individually.  With a small staff and over 100 active volunteers, it’s easy to see that the men and women who give their time and talent are the heart of the program.  Volunteers need to be over the age of 21 for work with families at the Center and at Camp Corazon.  Thank you. Your presence here helps others!

President: Stephanie Miller (Major Gifts Officer at Animal Humane New Mexico)

Vice President: Peggy Sanchez Mills (Community Leader and Retired Non-Profit CEO)

Treasurer: Deb Garrison (Principal Support Specialist, APS)

Secretary: Gabrielle Delgado (Student, Bereavement Facilitator)

Immediate Past President: Greg Chase (Attorney, Gregory W. Chase, P.C.)

  • Judy Labovitz (community volunteer)
  • Kelly Mancha (Commercial Lines Director at VIP Insurance Services, LLC)
  • Paul Casaus (UPS HR Manager)
  • Javier Benavidez (community organizer)
  • Robert McCool (funeral professional)

Volunteer Support Group Facilitators are the backbone of our program. They lead grief support groups for children, teens, or adults, either at the Center for Hope and Healing in Albuquerque or a donated school space in Rio Rancho. Facilitators are trained, teamed up with more experienced facilitators, and supported by our staff. Facilitators come from all walks of life, and are not required to have any experience in support groups or counseling. As one of our volunteers wrote, “This is the most rewarding thing I do.” The time commitment is approximately 3.5 hours one evening every other week for 1 school year, after completing the initial training. Bereavement Facilitator Trainings are held every January and August. Registration is $45 for volunteers.  Please visit our training page for current opportunities.  Trainings are accredited with 13 CEUs for Social Workers, Counselors and Psychologists.  There are 2 options for CEUs – 7.5 hours ($150.00) of core childhood bereavement information, OR 13 hours ($260.00) for the entire course which includes information specific to guiding principles at the The Grief Center and is required for those who wish to facilitate the grief support groups.  Thank you. Your presence here helps others!

Our Community Alliance Committee’s goal is to raise funding to support The Grief Center’s free programs and to raise awareness in our communities about services and volunteer opportunities through outreach efforts.

The CA Committee also supports The Grief Center’s annual fundraising events through volunteerism and helps with outreach opportunities that arise throughout the year.

For information about our next bi-monthly meeting, email Jorie: jorie.weyer@childrensgrief.org

Volunteer Office Support is needed to help the small but tenacious staff by placing phone calls, preparing mailings, entering data and other general office tasks, as well as special projects. Primary responsibilities depend on areas of interest and experience. Please be committed, have good communication skills, and enjoy working with others. Email: info@childrensgrief.org or call 505-323-0478 to get started!

For 20 minutes prior to the beginning of our support groups, we need a few friendly faces to volunteer as Family Greeters. Family Greeters welcome the families that are attending support groups at the Grief Center, serve light meals before group, and then help to clean up afterward. All the time that is required is a about one hour on Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday nights, every-other-week throughout the school year. Email: info@childrensgrief.org or call 505-323-0478 to get started!

Marketing Committee – The most disappointing thing we hear is, “Where were you when I needed you?” Help get the word out about services, events and trainings through social media, press releases, and traditional media outlets. Email: info@childrensgrief.org or call 505-323-0478 to get started!

Development Committee – The development committee works to raise funds for the Grief Center by planning, promoting, and executing special events such as wine tastings at a board member’s home or the annual Healing Hearts Luncheon and Silent Auction. If you have experience in soliciting gifts of auction items or monetary donations from individuals and businesses, or experience in special event planning please contact us! Email: info@childrensgrief.org or call 505-323-0478 to get started!

Do you like to play with and care for preschoolers? Grieving families need your help! We need volunteers twice per month, on a weeknight, from 5:50 PM – 7:30 PM.

Volunteers must: complete an application and provide 3 references; be at least 16 years old; be able to pass a criminal background check; provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination; and be able to commit to all 8 group sessions per semester.

Families attending The Grief Center often have younger children who are not old enough to attend support groups. Volunteer child care providers make sure that preschoolers are safe and cared for while their other family members are in support group. Child care providers should be able to play and communicate with them in a developmentally appropriate way. Preschoolers are 2 – 4 years and required to be potty-trained. Child care providers are paired with another adult partner, so no one is alone with children. There will be no more than 6 preschoolers on any given group night.

Email: info@childrensgrief.org or call 505-323-0478 to get started.