Volunteers make a valuable contribution.

The Children’s Room wouldn’t exist without volunteers. We have more than 60 volunteer group facilitators whose time and energy make a lasting difference in the lives of grieving children, teens, and adults. Volunteer facilitators’ caring presence and willingness to be with the children and families in the midst of their grief is the cornerstone of the support we offer at The Children’s Room.

With the guidance and supervision of our professional staff, trained volunteer facilitators are valued and integral members of our bi-weekly family peer support groups, serving children, teens, and families. We offer two trainings each year for those interested in working with children and families as a group facilitator.

Time Commitment

Our support groups take place in our house in Arlington.  Families and volunteers are assigned to a specific group. Groups meet every other week on Monday, Tuesday, or Thursday evenings or Sunday afternoons. We ask that volunteers make a one-year commitment of 3.5 hours (5:30 to 9:00 pm or 2:00 to 5:30 pm) every other week. Groups do not meet during the summer.


A 35-hour training program (and course fee) is required of everyone considering becoming a volunteer facilitator. 

The training is followed by an individual placement interview. Sending in an application does not guarantee a spot in the training. Placements, if offered, will be made after considering schedules and the volunteer needs in the groups. NOTE: Completion of training is not a guarantee that you will be accepted as a facilitator.  For volunteers interested in facilitating a group, attending all six sessions (35 hours) of a training is mandatory.

Training events typically occur in September & January.  There will be no facilitator training scheduled for September 2020.  Future training events will be announced in our newsletter. At that time, we will open up the application process for new facilitators.   Stay connected to learn more. 


How can we help?

The Children’s Room is here when you are ready to learn more about our free-to-all grief support services for children and their families.