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 is our peer support group program for children, teens and their families who are grieving the death of a family member or close friend. These groups take place on weekday evenings. Information regarding ALL possible volunteer opportunities at Ele's Place Ann Arbor are listed below.

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 year
  • Must complete our facilitator training (PLEASE see information about our 2021 Summer Volunteer Facilitator Training BELOW!)

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.

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 presentations, 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.

Click here to submit your volunteer application!

Summer 2021 Volunteer Facilitator Training

Training Dates:

  • Independent Learning: Online Modules launch Monday, 7/26 
  • Live Session 1: Saturday, 8/7 from 9am-3pm
  • Live Session 2: Sunday, 8/8 from 9am-3pm 

Why become an Ele’s Place Ann Arbor Group Facilitator?

  • There are few things more rewarding than making a difference in the lives of children and teens impacted by grief.
  • Ele’s Place Ann Arbor relies on trained volunteers to provide compassionate bereavement support services to grieving children and teens, ages 3 to 18, at no cost to families.
  • Becoming a Group Facilitator is an excellent opportunity to enhance your communication and empathy skills while simultaneously giving back to the community.
  • The role of a volunteer Group Facilitator requires at least a one-year commitment.

Completion of Online Modules AND Attendance at both live training sessions are required to volunteer as a Group Facilitator. No previous experience is necessary.

We currently have a particular need for people of diverse backgrounds, males and bilingual individuals. We welcome all interested, kind and compassionate adults to submit a volunteer application at: https://www.elesplace.org/get-involved/sign 

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at Ele's Place Ann Arbor, please contact: 

Samantha Gumul, LLMSW
Program Volunteer Coordinator
5665 Hines Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Phone: 734.929.6640 Ext. 2219