Volunteering as a Program Facilitator can be a rewarding opportunity for adults and high school students (ages 16 and older) who would like to support grieving children and families in their community. Volunteers help co-facilitate peer support groups where children, teens and families use play, therapeutic activities and interactions with our miniature horses to help them navigate through the grief process. No experience is necessary, just a caring heart! Volunteers must make a minimum one year commitment to attend group twice a month in order to provide a consistent presence to our group participants. This translates into only 6 hours a month.
Prior to beginning in our support groups, prospective program facilitators must attend at least 6 Sunday horse skills sessions from 8-10am to learn how to care and interaction with our mini horses as well as attend a 15-hour training. This training is both informative and deeply reflective and covers of a wide range of issues including developmental stages, how children respond to grief, loss and trauma, children's play, and how they cultivate coping skills. The training also offers new volunteers an opportunity to explore their own feelings around death. Ongoing support and supervision is provided throughout the volunteer experience via pre and post support group sessions.
If you have any questions, please contact Sherisse Wormell at (954) 978-2390, ext. 402 or at email@example.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much time do I need to commit to volunteering?
We ask for at least a one year commitment attending groups twice a month for 6 hours a month. This minimum one year commitment is essential for our children, teens and families to experience consistency and continuity during a difficult time in their lives.
Why are groups 3 hours long?
The groups are split into three parts: a 30 minute pre-meeting for volunteers and staff, 2 hour long session for the children, teens and families, and then a 30 minute post-meeting for volunteers and staff.
Do I need a background in counseling or psychology to be a part of this program?
No. Our volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds. No prior experience is necessary. We are looking for individuals who care deeply about children, teens and families and have an interest in helping them find ways to navigate the grief process in their own way.
How will I know what to say?
Your main role as a program facilitator is to be an accepting and non-judgmental listener. During the training we will discuss how to be with and talk to children, teens and adults in support groups, how to understand the different issues inherent in grief and trauma, and learning how to develop and teach coping strategies to manage many kinds of crises these families will deal with over the years that may be affected by loss in their family.
What if I have a question about becoming a program facilitator?
We're only a phone call away! Tomorrow's Rainbow will be there to answer your questions about any of our volunteer opportunities. Please do not hesitate to contact Sherisse Wormell, Volunteer Coordinator, directly with your concerns and questions at 954.978.2390 ext. 402 or at Sherisse@TomorrowsRainbow.org.
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