Our mission Michael’s Place serves the bereavement needs of the greater community through support, advocacy, and education for those grieving a death.
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Ways to help

Create-A-Keepsake Volunteers

Create-A-Keepsake is a program that pairs volunteers with individuals to design and create a memorial keepsake. We are looking for volunteers who are skilled in sewing to help individuals and families create items such as bears, pillows, and other materials that honor the memory of their loved ones. Volunteers that have a heart for grieving individuals and want to be a part of the experience, while assisting the families and the staff are welcome, too!
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 55+, Adults, Child with Adult
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Families
  • Indoor
  • Skilled
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Group Facilitators

Group facilitators participate as active listeners, discussion leaders, and support persons in our bereavement support groups. There is no formal counseling or therapy as part of these groups. To become a facilitator, an individual will interview with our grief services coordinator, attend facilitator training, and any additional in-services as presented. Group facilitation experience is not necessary, as all volunteers will participate in an initial training program and shadow experienced facilitators before being assigned to a group. Group facilitation can also be used as an intern experience for those in social work or counselor training programs.
  • Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings

Robin’s Nest Volunteers/Mentors

Volunteers will assist our Robin’s Nest Coordinator by participating with youth in monthly “Best Day” events. These events allow youth to experience positive, caring adult interaction, while engaged in fun, family-oriented activities. Past opportunities have included, skiing, snowboarding, paddle boarding, fishing, and much more! Volunteer opportunities are also available to people interested in hosting an event.
  • Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • On-site
  • Weekends

Office Assistance

Michael’s Place is continually in need of assistance with general office tasks such as computer data entry, updating files and records, preparing mailings, organizing program materials, soliciting meal donations, etc.
  • Occasional, Weekly, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Office work
  • On-site
  • Weekdays

Special Event, Fundraising, and Committee Opportunities

Ambassadors, special event, and fundraising volunteers for Michael’s Place are those who believe in our mission and are willing to effectively advocate for us in their own network of family, friends, co-workers, church or civic organizations. Ambassadors are willing to spend time annually introducing guests to Michael’s Place through regularly scheduled or group-specific Tours of Hope. Special event volunteers help plan, organize and assist at special events and fundraising volunteers are needed throughout the year and may have some experience with grant writing, research, or donor solicitation.
  • Occasional, Monthly
  • 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Event support, Indoor
  • On-site, Formal
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
How you help Our volunteers are a valuable and crucial resource for our organization. With the growing demand for services that comes along, our organization is looking for support from volunteers to help meet those increased needs.
About us Michael’s Place builds hope for those who grieve and purpose for those who wish to help. Michael’s Place was founded in 2001 by Chris Dennos as a healing center for grieving children, teens, adults, and families suffering the death of a loved one. Chris developed the community resource as a way to provide hope for those who grieve. As death involves so many complicated practical issues such as funeral planning, medical expenses, and economic survival, Michael’s Place was established to help families identify the equally critical emotional factors of loss.
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