Volunteering at the Lighthouse
Volunteers are our heart and soul. They generously give of their time and skills to make an important difference in the lives of children and youth coping with the death of a family member and to provide support for their caregivers. Our volunteers tell us they receive as much as they give from volunteering.
The majority of our volunteers are facilitators in our children’s, teen and parent peer support groups. Facilitators volunteer about 3 hours in the evening every two weeks. They are part of a team of staff and other caring volunteers who lead discussions and facilitate play and other activities that help the children connect with others, explore their feelings and experiences with grief and make new friends. Volunteer facilitators receive comprehensive training and on-going support from our professional staff.
What is the process for becoming a facilitator volunteer?
- Interested volunteers are invited to attend a Volunteer Information Session where they can tour our centre and learn more about the role of a support group facilitator.
- Complete an application form and provide a current Police Clearance including Vulnerable Sector Screening and three references.
- Meet for an interview with our staff
- Attend the 21 hour Facilitator Training
" Volunteering at the Lighthouse has truly been a wonderful experience. The Lighthouse allows children, youth and parents to share their stories with each other. It is amazing to see and feel the bond that develops so natually among all of them. Having lost my Mother at age 11 and my Father at age 26, I have found my experience as a facilitator at the Lighthouse to be both enriching and enjoyable. "
What are other ways to volunteer with Lighthouse?
In addition to support group facilitators, many other volunteers offer their talents serving on committees, our Board of Directors, maintaining our centre and garden or helping with fundraising events. Our volunteers have a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. They are teachers, social workers, business professionals and retirees. Many have experienced grief as children or adults. They are all caring individuals who understand the importance of providing support to grieving children, youth and their caregivers at a difficult time.