Circle of Care Volunteer Opportunities
Circle of Care offers several types of volunteer opportunities:
- Group Facilitators
- Practicum Internship Training Program
- General Program Support
The services you will provide to grieving families as a Circle of Care volunteer may be some of the most important work you will ever do. As a volunteer you will help facilitate support groups for children and teens coping with illness and bereavement in their families. Volunteers must make a minimum 14-month commitment to attend twice monthly meetings in order to provide a consistent presence to our group participants.
Prior to beginning in our support groups, prospective volunteer facilitators must complete 24 hours of initial training. This training is both informative and deeply reflective and consists of a wide range of issues including diversity awareness, developmental stages, how children respond to illness and loss, children's play, and how they cultivate coping skills. The training also offers new volunteers an opportunity to explore their own feelings around illness and death. Ongoing support and supervision is provided throughout the volunteer experience via pre and post support group sessions. Training modules are held two times a year generally in January and August. The module consists of two weekday sessions from 5:30 – 9:30 p.m., and two Saturday sessions from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions in full.
- Wednesday, August 23rd 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
- Thursday, August 24th 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
- Saturday, August 26th 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
- Sunday, August 27th 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
Please read Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) for details about what is required of a volunteer facilitator at Circle of Care. To receive a volunteer application via email, please submit the Volunteer Information Request Form . We suggest that you express your interest early, because volunteer trainings fill up quickly.
Informational Volunteer Flyer (pdf)- Please help us spread the word by posting at your place of work, or forwarding to your community.
Practicum Internship Training Program
Circle of Care's student interns provide both individual and family counseling services to clients. Counselors meet with children at our Oakland offices as well as at area schools. The counseling program also provides home-based services to families dealing with illness. Every week interns and students receive both group and individual supervision by licensed therapists. In addition there is a weekly didactic training and intake meeting. Practicum Internship Flyer (pdf)
For more information about becoming a Circle of Care trainee or intern, please fill out our Volunteer Practicum Internship Training Program Request Form.
Note: If you are a master’s level trainee or postgraduate clinician/intern interested in a clinical internship with Circle of Care, please consult your school or email Christy Vaile, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-531-7551 x3130.
General Program Support
Circle of Care has need for volunteers to help with general program activities including:
- Administrative Volunteer: Walk to Remember Volunteer:
- Collecting objects/materials for craft projects:
- Multimedia Project Volunteer:
- Outreach Volunteer
If you are interested in sharing your time and skills with Circle of Care in any of these capacities, or would just like to talk to us and get some more information, please complete a Volunteer Information Request Form and someone from our office will get back to you shortly.
For general information please contact email@example.com.