Circle of Care Volunteer Opportunities


Circle of Care offers several types of volunteer opportunities:

Group Facilitator
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 weekend day sessions from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Prospective volunteers are required to attend all sessions in full.


Next Training Dates:
Our next training will likely be in January 2021, we encourage interested volunteers to apply early by completing the Online Volunteer Application. We have adapted our groups Groups for Fall of 2020 to be held virtually on Thursday evenings.  


Please read Frequently Asked Questions (pdf) for details about what is required of a volunteer facilitator at Circle of Care. To apply please complete the following form: Online Volunteer Application


If you have a general question about volunteering before submitting your online application you can email us at 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.


General Program Support
Circle of Care has need for volunteers to help with general program activities including:
You can also reach us at or 510-531-7551 x 3195 for general information or if you have any questions. · Thank you for your interest in Circle of Care and we look forward to hearing from you.


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