Children's Grief Center of the Great Lakes Bay Region

Our mission To continue to expand awareness about the impact of grief and each individual’s ability to build resilience, strength, and hope by acknowledging and working through grief.
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Volunteer Facilitator

Are you a good listener? Volunteers are needed to help facilitate our peer support group. Volunteers are skillfully prepared through our 15-hour facilitator training where they learn communication skills like Reflective Listening and participate in creative activities to connect and share with each other in training. They are asked to make a commitment for one year of group, September to May. Groups meet bi-monthly. Consistent attendance is important to ensure consistency for kids and their families.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Share Your Talent

Do you dance, have theater experience, want to share your love for art, sewing, crafts, or music? We could use your talents in setting up and creating packets to be used for grief group activities, collaborate and brainstorm ideas to use in group for creative crafts, games, making samples, setting up supply lists, etc.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Fundraising Committee

We’re looking for creative ideas and a team of people to establish events to help raise funds for the Children’s Grief Center. This team will organize events, create marketing pieces, gather needed supplies and create opportunities for the community to invest in making the Children’s Grief Center sustainable for the long-term.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Office Assistance

Office volunteers would help with organizing, filing, labeling, copying, assembling packets and outreach materials, as well as providing general assistance to the administrative and program staff.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Indoor
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Group Night Support

Volunteers are needed to assist the Group Facilitators in setting up activities before group and cleaning up after group. Groups meet bi-monthly throughout the school year.
  • Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Outreach Team

These volunteers will help share the news about the Children’s Grief Center by distributing information and brochure packets to local businesses, churches, and organizations. Also by presenting information at our CBC booth at area events throughout the year.
  • One-time, Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 21+, 55+
  • Individuals
  • Event support
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
Items we need

Office Supplies

  • Sticky notes
  • Flash drives
  • Ink Cartridges
  • Copy paper
  • Mailing labels
  • Stamps
  • Plastic storage tubs
  • Large mailing envelopes
  • Tape
  • Item Collection

Large Muscle Activities

  • Ring toss
  • Nerf balls
  • Punching bag and gloves
  • Bean bags and target
  • Balloons and bubbles
  • Musical instruments
  • Item Collection

Group Night Supplies

  • Pizza gift cards
  • Subway gift cards
  • Paper plates
  • Napkins
  • Kleenex
  • Granola bars
  • Prepackaged single-use snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Juice boxes
  • Item Collection

Art Supplies

  • Colored paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Stickers
  • Glitter
  • Rubber stamps
  • Paper bags (white)
  • Candy molds
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Pompons
  • Embroidery thread
  • Colored magic markers
  • Colored sharpies
  • Velum paper
  • Watercolors
  • Acrylic paints
  • Foam brushes
  • Regular brushes
  • Watercolor paper
  • Pads of big newsprint
  • Rolls of white paper
  • Dry erase markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Modge podge
  • Modeling clay
  • Item Collection


  • Multi-ethnic dolls
  • Doll beds
  • Blankets and clothes
  • Real baby bottles
  • Dollhouse dolls
  • Families of dolls multi-generational
  • Item Collection

Miscellaneous Items

  • Playhouse furniture and miniatures
  • Building blocks and Legos
  • Lego sets
  • Dollhouse
  • Kinetic Sand
  • Item Collection

Dress Up Clothing & Equipment

  • Anything medical
  • Scrubs
  • Stethoscopes
  • Ace bandages
  • Surgical caps and masks
  • Bandaids
  • Blood pressure cuffs
  • Syringes without needles
  • Rubber gloves
  • Fisher-Price medical playsets
  • Hats
  • Wigs
  • Ties
  • Dresses
  • Vests
  • Wedding dresses
  • Sports coats
  • Uniforms
  • Item Collection
About us We provide a healing environment through peer support to children, teens and their families grieving a death. Through this process, we advocate, we educate, we facilitate, we connect, and we thrive.
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