Mediation & Restorative Services

Our missionWe believe that individuals involved in disputes should not be treated strictly as adversaries, but as members of a community that, once fractured, need to be brought together.
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Volunteer Mediators

Our volunteer mediators mediate a wide variety of disputes. Neighborhood problems, parenting-time and custody issues, merchant-consumer complaints, civil-rights cases, restorative justice program in juvenile court, general civil and small claims matters, and any other type of dispute that you can imagine are resolved through this process. Volunteer mediators must complete a 40-hour, court-approved training program and 10 hours of observation before they mediate cases.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Weekends

Fundraising and Committees

In addition to mediation we offer other volunteer opportunities: assisting with fundraising, soliciting sponsors for the annual golf event, serving on a committee, preparing mailings, participating on panels, delivering posters, serving on the Board, and more.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None, On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you helpVolunteers at our center come from a variety of backgrounds, including education, business, legal, social work, and a variety of others. They are all active in the community, and almost without exception, say that this is one of the most rewarding experiences of their lives.
About usEstablished in 1994 to serve the citizens of Muskegon, Mason, Manistee & Oceana Counties, Mediation & Restorative Services provides an alternative for the resolution of disputes and reconciliation of disputing parties; enhances public safety and accountability by supporting victims, building competencies of offenders and promoting reconciliation between victims, offenders, families and the community. We believe that individuals involved in disputes should not be treated strictly as adversaries, but as members of a community that, once fractured, need to be brought together.
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