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.
As a facilitator, you will be assisting in our group activities and providing support to children/teens/young adults and/or their caregivers who are grieving the death of a loved one. A facilitator has many characteristics, but the most noticeable attribute is empathetic listening. The role of the volunteer facilitator is to provide a safe, caring and sharing environment where grieving children can express themselves through words, art, drama, writing or physical play. Support groups are intended for children, teens, young adults, and adults to express their emotions and mourn with other people experiencing a similar loss. Support groups do not consist of counseling or therapy, and our objective is not to "fix" children or their families.