Volunteers are the heart of our program. We rely on them to provide quality services for every family that comes to Fernside. We are lucky to have the very best volunteers. Our volunteers tell us they receive as much from volunteering as they give.
Our volunteers come to us with a variety of backgrounds and life experiences. They are homemakers, teachers, mental health professionals, business professionals, students and retirees. Some, but not all, of our volunteers have experienced losses as children or adults. Most of all, they are caring individuals who understand the importance of providing support to grieving children and their parents/guardians.
Reflections from Fernside Volunteers:
- "I am repeatedly amazed when new people come in so bereft and to watch them find their own way, sharing their experience and eventually realizing their power to help others in their group. I have seen and heard so many say how much Fernside has helped their children and helped them when they thought they were doing it for their kids." - Janine Melink-Hueber
- “The more I volunteer outside Fernside the more I appreciate this program." - Kelley Brinkman
- “This has been the most meaningful volunteering I have ever experienced. I leave group nights feeling like that was one of the best ways I could possibly spend 2 hours on a Monday night." - Carolyn Heck
- "Fernside is a beautiful place that works because of all the wonderful people who walk through its doors, along with all the wonderful people who hold those doors open." - Mary Schneider
- "I volunteer because I lost my mother when I was 13. I remember feeling very alone. Fernside helps children make connections with their peers so that they can do some of the difficult work of grief together." - Steve Martin
- "There's no place like Fernside; anybody who's ever been there will tell you that. You might not think a place that deals with death and loss can be fun, but it definitely is." - Barb Henry