Volunteers are integral to the sustainability and growth of our mission. For the thousands of children that experience the death of a parent or sibling annually, we count on the generosity of our volunteer community to help serve those who need us most.
Explore the many ways you can help a grieving child through volunteering your time and talent by reviewing the list of opportunities below.
Group Night Volunteer
This is a new opportunity available to both new and returning Judi’s House volunteers ages 18 and up. Group Night Volunteers will:
- Commit to a 5:30 -7:45 p.m. shift including brief orientation upon arrival.
- Assist with greeting and escorting families to assigned group room.
- Greet and supervise children as they gather for their group to start.
- Assist children and be on standby for restroom and water breaks throughout the evening.
- Assist with the exit/dismissal process when group ends.
House & Mission Volunteers
Judi’s House has a need for volunteers to help us maintain our facilities, grounds, and community presence. Projects and time commitments vary.
- Facility/grounds maintenance
- Administrative tasks
- Spanish translation
- Event support
- Program outreach
Program Supply Volunteer
This new role is instrumental in preparing materials and supplies for individual, family, and group counseling sessions during the pandemic. We welcome individuals ages 13 and up to volunteer from 9:30 a.m. to noon on select Fridays.
Judi’s House memory quilts allow participants to commemorate their special person. Decorated quilt squares are assembled by volunteer quilters and the resulting quilts are displayed on the walls throughout Judi’s House as a beautiful and touching memorial to those who have died.
Quilting volunteers, individuals or groups, donate their time and materials for each project.
Companion Volunteers (Limited Availability)
Under the leadership of Judi’s House Grief Counselors, Companion Volunteers work directly with our clients providing support to staff counselors or master’s level trainees as they facilitate a children’s grief support groups.
Due to the nature of this work, this is an application and interview-based position that requires a one-year commitment. Our grief support groups are held quarterly Monday through Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Companion Volunteer Requirements:
– Submit Companion Volunteer application (opens each Fall)
– Attend in-person interview with Judi’s House staff
– Complete and cover cost of background check (if selected)
– Attend a two-day, 12-hour volunteer training
– Complete three group observations
– Actively participate in a group one night per week, during all four quarters of the year.
Please note, you may choose to serve on a different night of the week during each quarter.
One of our most flexible volunteer opportunities, Snack Providers donate 80 individually packaged snacks to be served at the end of a group night session. Providers can drop off snacks or also volunteer to hand out snacks after group.
Nourishment Providers (Currently Unavailable)
A hungry stomach shouldn’t get in the way of processing complex grief emotions. Judi’s House Nourishment Provider volunteers purchase, prepare and serve a nutritious meal to 70-100 program participants on a one-time or recurring basis. Nourishment Providers are generally on site between 4:30 and 6:30 pm.
We recognize that purchasing and preparing a meal for as many as 100 people could sound daunting. Our team is here to help! We’ve created a Nourishment Provider Toolkit (link to toolkit) to get you started.
Due to the size of our kitchen, this volunteer opportunity is ideal for small groups of 4 to 6 people. Book clubs, civic, and corporate groups, families with children over age 10, and others are encouraged to participate.
– Purchase and prepare or cater a balanced meal
– Set up meal buffet style in Judi’s House kitchen
– Serve meal to families (plates, glasses, utensils, paper goods are provided)
– Pack leftovers and clean kitchen, including taking out garbage
Corporate & Team Volunteers (Limited Opportunities Available)
Corporate and organizational volunteer opportunities can improve performance, strengthen employee retention, and encourage teamwork, while boosting morale. We will help your company create a specialized volunteer opportunity that supports our mission and meets the needs of your organization.
We are especially grateful for large teams (15-20 people) to assist in cleaning and organizing our facility between program quarters and help us maintain our garden and yard (seasonally).