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: Greg Chase (Attorney, Gregory W. Chase, P.C.)
Vice President: Stephanie Miller (Major Gifts Officer at Animal Humane New Mexico)
Treasurer: Deb Garrison (Principal Support Specialist, APS)
Secretary: Peggy Sanchez Mills (Community Leader and Retired Non-Profit CEO)
- Judy Labovitz (community volunteer)
- Anne Layne (Partner at McHard Accounting Consulting)
- Kelly Mancha (Commercial Lines Director at VIP Insurance Services, LLC)
- Gabrielle Delgado (Student, Bereavement Facilitator)
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!
The Community Alliance is a special group of volunteers who spread awareness of the Grief Center's mission. Through social activities and events, the Community Alliance Committee partners with community members to build new relationships and host fun fundraisers that benefit the GC's free programs for grieving young people and their caregivers.
Members attend a few meetings a year - email firstname.lastname@example.org for details about the next Community Alliance meeting and how you can get involved!
Let's Be Friends!
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: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-323-0478 to get started!
Marketing Committee – The most disappointing thing we hear is, “Where were you when my children needed you?” Help get the word out about services, events and trainings through social media, press releases, and traditional media outlets. Email: email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 505-323-0478 to get started!