Become a Volunteer

“I really find it so very rewarding & gratifying being a volunteer at Common Ground. The kids that are in my group are so dear & unique in their own special & unique ways, yet tied by a sad common bond. I love being a volunteer!”
~Patty, CG Volunteer

There are various ways to become a volunteer at Common Ground. See which one may be right for you!

Maintenance/yard volunteer
Perform maintenance or yard work and other small jobs on a as-needed basis

Program volunteer
Decorate for the seasons or special events; help prepare special projects

Fundraising helpers
Volunteers are always needed for fundraising events

Contact Cindy DeForge via e-mail at if interested in any of the above.



Become a Volunteer Group Facilitator

Volunteers are the heart of our program. Our volunteers come to us with a variety of background and life experiences. They are business professionals, homemakers, teachers, students, mental health professionals and retirees.

In order to work with children, teenagers and adults in our support groups, we require all applicants to complete a 24-hour training (with a course fee). Trainings are held at our facility typically over 2 consecutive weekends. Volunteers are asked to make a one-year commitment to a support group once training is completed. Our groups meet every other week, which constitutes a commitment of 2 times per month from September to June.

Groups are held in the evenings and volunteers are expected to report to our Center and be present for 3 ½ hours on their assigned group night.

The training we provide at Common Ground is designed to teach the skills needed to provide support and care for persons who are grieving the death of someone. This training is an intense experience due to the nature of the subject matter. It incorporates many opportunities for self-awareness as it relates to one’s own personal experience with grief and loss.

We accept applications on an on-going basis. Feel free to send your application at anytime throughout the year. We will contact you approximately 2 months prior to the start of the next training. The full training fee is $95.00. We require a non-refundable $35.00 deposit at that time. The remaining balance of $60.00 is due on the first day of training. Please be advised that a background check will be completed before you begin volunteering for our Center.

Click here for frequently asked questions about volunteering

Click here to download our training application

Click here to download our application for criminal background check

To learn more about volunteering, please contact our volunteer coordinator, Cindy DeForge via e-mail