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Support Grieving Children and Families at Highmark Caring Place

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ORGANIZATION: Highmark Caring Place

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The work, commitment, and presence of caring adult volunteers is the heart of the Caring Place. The volunteers make the program what it is.

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 to support the children and adults. After completing a comprehensive 26-hour training program, and submitting criminal 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 in serving the free dinners of pizza or hoagies, fresh vegetables, drinks and cookies. Volunteers also sew together the Caring Place quilts, made up of the squares which the families lovingly and beautifully decorate in memory of their loved ones.

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About Highmark Caring Place


Bayview Office Park, 510 Cranberry Street/Suite 100, Erie, PA 16507, US

Mission Statement

Highmark Caring Place, a Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents, and Their Families, provides peer support groups and referral services, at no cost, to those who have experienced the death of a loved one.


Children have been called "forgotten mourners." In Pennsylvania, thousands of children experience the death of a father or mother, sister or brother, grandparent or other family member, every year. These children feel alone. The Highmark Caring Place is a safe place where grieving children and their families talk about their feelings and memories with each other in the presence of caring volunteers. The Caring Place helps grieving children know they are not alone. The Highmark Caring Place is a volunteer based program. Our volunteers are the HEART of our program. Caring Place volunteers come from all walks of life. No special education or experience is needed to become a Caring Place volunteer - just an ability to truly listen and support others. Children and adults meet in age-specific groups, sharing thoughts and feelings, offering peer support. Volunteers facilitate groups of children or adults, listening, encouraging, helping them to express memories and feelings.


Children & Youth
Children & Youth, Community


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Bayview Office Park510 Cranberry StreetSuite 100Erie, PA 16507






  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • Orientation or Training

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