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Please be aware that available opportunities may vary between branch locations and time of year. Each branch will communicate with local volunteer applicants as needs arise. Review all possible positions before filling out the application. 

Support Group Program

The primary services provided by Ele’s Place is our peer support group program for children and their families who are grieving the death of a family member or close friend. These groups take place on weekday evenings.

Support group facilitator: Facilitators work in teams of three to four volunteer facilitators per group of 10-12 children or teens.
Requirements for becoming a Support Group Facilitator:

  • At least 19 years of age
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering one weekday evening (5:30 8:30 pm approximately) per week
  • Must be able to commit to this position for a minimum of one school year (Sept - June, with the exception of breaks and holidays)
  • Must complete our facilitator training (23 hours total, approximately four sessions taking place on weeknights and Saturdays.) Also required to attend an annual In Service session on a Saturday.

Program helper: These volunteers assist Ele’s Place staff and the support group facilitators by greeting families as they arrive at Ele’s Place, monitoring children’s Activity Rooms, and helping with various set-up and clean-up duties.

Requirements for becoming a Support Group Program Helper:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age (Some exceptions are considered)
  • Must complete a three-hour training session
  • Must be able to commit to working one weekday evening (two hours) per week for a minimum of six months, preferably the entire school year if possible.

Other Volunteer Opportunities:

Office helper: (receptionist, data entry, etc.) Hours and duties vary for each branch location.

Outreach ambassador: represent the agency in the community by staffing Ele's Place information booths, doing check acceptances, making brief presentatons, etc. Training provided.

Fundraising event volunteers: help with a variety of duties at special events hosted by Ele’s Place or other community organizations. Examples might include: Guest Check-In, set-up and clean-up duties, decorating, serving refreshments, etc.

We will consider each applicant on a case-by-case basis, and reserve the right to select individuals based on the best fit for the organization. Ele's Place is not able to accept court-ordered community service volunteers.

If you prefer to complete your application on paper, CLICK HERE, then mail or fax it to the Ele’s Place nearest you.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Ann Arbor: Charlotte Cally ccally@elesplace.org
Phone: 734-929-6640 Fax: 734-926-0985
3526 W. Liberty Road, Suite 200 Ann Arbor, MI 48103

Grand Rapids: Michaela Ayew-ew MAyewew@elesplace.org
Phone: 616-301-1605  Fax: 616-301-0508
2000 Michigan St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI  49503
 
Flint:  Tracy Payton-Lester tpaytonlester@elesplace.org
Phone: 810-232-3040
1227 E. Bristol Road, Burton, MI 48529

Lansing: Sue Sanford ssanford@elesplace.org
Phone: 517-482-1315  Fax 517-482-6608
1145 W. Oakland Ave., Lansing, MI 48915

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