Volunteer at Ele's Place Ann Arbor

Volunteer Opportunities

Ele's Place Ann Arbor is a community-driven effort that's made possible by our dedicated volunteers. The primary services provided by Ele’s Place are our peer support group programs for children, teens and their families who are grieving the death of a person in their lives. These groups take place on weekday evenings. 

Please click on one of the volunteer opportunity areas listed below to learn more about ALL of the possible volunteer opportunities at Ele's Place Ann Arbor:

PROGRAM VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 
Announcing the Ele’s Place Ann Arbor
Summer 2022 Volunteer Training!
  • Click here to download the Summer 2022 Volunteer Training promotional flyer which includes training dates and times
  • Online volunteer applications are due June 3oth for the July 2022 Volunteer Training

 Ele’s Place Ann Arbor:

  • Relies on trained volunteers to provide compassionate peer grief support group programs on weeknight evenings
  • Supports grieving children and teens, ages 3-18, who have experienced the death of a person in their lives
  • Offers all services at no cost to families in Ann Arbor, and the surrounding southeast Michigan area, for as long as they need
  • Creates a safe and welcoming space for families experiencing grief to heal together

Volunteer Support Group Facilitators: 

  • Support children and teens, ages 3-18, through the grieving process
  • Work in teams of 3-4 to facilitate grief activities
  • Build knowledge and experience in childhood bereavement
  • Further develop teamwork, communication and empathy skills
  • Have a unique opportunity to give back to our community

 Requirements for becoming a Volunteer Support Group Facilitator:

  • Must be at least 19 years of age
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering one weekday evening per week (approximately 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM)
  • Must be able to commit to this volunteer position for a minimum of one year
  • Must complete full 20-hour volunteer facilitator training program
  • No previous experience necessary

Activity Room Volunteers:

  • Compassionately welcome families into our Home for Healing Hearts as they arrive for evening groups
  • Support children and teens through the grieving process
  • Facilitate planned activities designed to support expression of grief and healing
  • Responsible for set-up/clean-up

 Kitchen Volunteers:

  • Support children, teens and their families through the grieving process by creating a welcoming environment for families as they share a community potluck meal prior to attending evening groups
  • Responsible for set-up/clean-up

 Requirements for becoming an Activity Room or Kitchen Volunteer:

  • Must be at least 19 years of age (some exceptions are considered)
  • Must be able to commit to volunteering one weekday evening (two hours) per week, for a minimum of six months, preferably the entire school year
  • Must complete the full 8-hour volunteer training program
  • No previous experience necessary

 We welcome all interested, kind and compassionate adults. Currently, we have a particular need for people of diverse backgrounds, including bilingual individuals and male volunteers.

Click here to submit your volunteer application!

For specific questions about Program Volunteer Opportunities at Ele's Place Ann Arbor, please contact: 

Meghan Thiel, LMSW-Clinical
Associate Program Director
mthiel@elesplace.org
5665 Hines Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734.929.6640 Ext. 2207

FUNDRAISING EVENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Fundraising Event Volunteers: Help with a variety of duties at special events hosted by Ele’s Place Ann Arbor. Examples may include: Guest check-in, set-up and clean-up duties, decorating, serving refreshments, etc.

Click here to submit your volunteer application!

For specific questions about Fundraising Event Volunteer Opportunities at Ele's Place Ann Arbor, please contact: 

Stacey Bodner
Events Coordinator
sbodner1@elesplace.org
5665 Hines Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734.929.6640 Ext. 2211

OFFICE/BUILDING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES


Office Volunteers: Help with a variety of duties in the Ele's Place Ann Arbor office. Examples may include: Receptionist, data entry, filing, etc. Hours and duties vary for the Ele's Place Ann Arbor branch. Training provided.

Building Volunteers: Help with a variety of indoor and/or outdoor duties at the Ele's Place Ann Arbor building. Examples may include: Gardening, weeding, window washing, cleaning, etc. Hours and duties vary for the Ele's Place Ann Arbor branch.

Click here to submit your volunteer application!

For specific questions about Office/Building Volunteer Opportunities at Ele's Place Ann Arbor, please contact: 

Gail Hullstrung
Office & Building Administrator
ghullstrung@elesplace.org
5665 Hines Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734.929.6640 Ext. 2000