The Center is a special place where children, teens and adults find comfort in having a common bond, a safe place to share and express emotions that there are often no "big" enough words for. Through art, song, poetry, books, photos, games... discovering that there are so many different ways that they can "speak" and work through their grief. It is amazing and humbling to see how participants, even in the midst of their own pain, will so often offer words, gestures of support, tips on coping and encouragement to lift up another group member who may be struggling.
As I said, a truly, special place.
The Center for Grieving Children provides the much needed support for families suffering a tragic loss. Our dear friend lost her husband, father to their 14 year old daughter, and the Center was there for both of them, providing them with an empathetic support group comprised of people in similar situations. The Center is a phenomenal place that does extremely worthwhile work and is a critical resource that supports the greater Portland, Maine community.
I volunteer at the Center because I know how valuable it is to have someone to talk to in your grieving process, particularly someone who has experienced loss themselves. I feel by doing my menial little task each month it frees the staff up to do the important work of helping those who are experiencing grief from a loss.
My children and I attended The Center for Grieving Children after my husband was killed in an auto accident when they were very young. My daughter’s kindergarten teacher referred us to the center and it became a lifeline for our family. The support groups helped my children learn that they were not alone and I felt supported in my new role as a young widow.
The center helped us make it through each week and work toward establishing our new normal. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without it. I had never heard of the center before our family tragedy. By supporting their community outreach and support programs many families can benefit from their services when the world suddenly changes within your family.
Someday I hope to be trained as a facilitator so that I can give back to the place that was such an important part of my life.
I am a volunteer with the Center for Grieving Children and I love everything about what the Center does. They are able to provide non-judgmental support for anyone who is in the grieving process and they are able to do that at no cost for the families. That is amazing and I am so grateful to be a part of something this important.
My experience has been as a volunteer during special events. Based upon what I know regarding The Center For Grieving Children, critical and essential grieving services are provided to any and all impacted family members at no charge and for as long as needed.
The Center provides guidance and a safe environment to those in need at the most critical times of their lives.
I am a volunteer for the center who helps with mailings, the library, etc. I was drawn to the Center for the work and services they provide. We lost my sister-in-law, an amazing young woman, due to a senseless act of murder. I experienced the damage to the entire family any loss can bring. If it wasn't for a similar organization, Parents of Murdered Children, in another part of the country, I don't know if my mother-in-law would have survived the loss.
The Center's work is not only wonderful, but it is essential.
Such a wonderful place for children, adults and families to get support when facing difficult times in their lives.
When I went to working part-time several years ago I was looking for a way to give back.
Friends told me about efforts to provide a grieving program for children in York County.
Joining their efforts has made a major impact in my life. The training provides one the ability to work well with the children and everyone else in your life. Working with the other staff introduces you to wonderful others with a joint love and concern for children. Being with the children is a reward in itself. CGC is a happy place with love and caring at its core. You couldn't find a better place to volunteer.
The CFGC is my top pick for a nonprofit in Portland, Maine. The work they do is so important. I volunteer doing administrative things but also attended an intercultural event last May and can say firsthand that I was blown away by the kind, loving, well-rounded, and informed approach taken by the facilitators with the children. I can also say that every employee I have had contact with at the Center exudes dedication, kindness, and love of the work that they do. 5 stars!
I am a University student, and I have volunteered at The Center for Grieving Children multiple times, and I must say that it has always been such a wonderful time! From the warm and welcoming staff, to the most comfortable atmosphere, I love helping out such a wonderful organization. Thank you for all you do!
I am a volunteer at the Center for Grieving Children. Volunteering for the center as been one of the most rewarding experiences. The staff and other volunteers of the center are wonderful, warm and welcoming. The Center is truly dedicated to serving the needs of the greater Portland community. As an adult who tragically lost my sister when she was 21 and I was 16, it has been wonderful to see that community youth have a safe place to go to grieve. I can not wait to see where my roll with the Center take me and I am blessed to have been welcomed into the Center with a warm embrace.