The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
With over 45 trained volunteer facilitators, the Den for Grieving Kids provides vital services to families in lower Fairfield County creating a safe environment for children, teens, parents and caregivers to discuss their bereavement issues. On-going supervision and instruction help the facilitators develop their capacity to be a helpful presence to the bereaved.
We offer two types of facilitator positions: the nights of service facilitator and the school based group facilitator. Nights of service facilitators are asked to commit to either a Monday or Wednesday evening schedule (meeting twice a month from 6:00-9:00pm). The evening consists of a pre and post meeting between facilitators and staff to both prepare and debrief about the interaction with participants. If interested, please reach out to Jennifer Flatow to receive the 2016-2017 Den calendar.
School based group facilitators commit to a weekly schedule of about one hour onsite at their assigned school, with some preparation time required outside of the school visit. Currently there are Den groups taking place in 18 schools in the greater Greenwich/Stamford area. The time for this position varies slightly from week to week so students do not consistently miss the same class. If interested, please reach out to Jennifer Flatow to see a list of current school based group locations.
The Den hosts an annual training for new and returning volunteers each fall. If you are interested in becoming a facilitator, please reach out to Jennifer Flatow, to inquire about becoming a Den Facilitator and receive the 2016-2017 Den calendar.