SANFORD ó Know someone interested in facilitating with the Center for Grieving Children? The center is currently seeking trainees for its Sanford volunteer facilitator trainings starting Feb. 5.

Upcoming Volunteer Orientation in Sanford is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30. To register for an orientation or for more information, including additional orientation times, please email Beth Quinlan at beth@cgcmaine.org. Visit the Centerís website for all Volunteer Orientation information at www.cgcmaine.org.

The Center for Grieving Children is a private non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the resiliency and emotional well-being of grieving children, teens, their families, and the community through peer support groups, outreach, and education.

The Center is the only program of its kind in Southern Maine and the third organization of its kind in the nation. Program evaluation demonstrates that after participation, youth felt less isolated and lonely; improved their interpersonal relationships; experienced improved eating, sleeping, concentration, and other behavioral responses to grief; and felt better supported by peers and adults in their lives.

Since its formation in 1987, the Center has grown from serving four families, with 12 volunteers, to becoming a trusted community resource and national leader in the field of childrenís grief support.

Last year the Center for Grieving Children served a record 649 children, teens and families in peer support programs throughout Southern Maine, served 1,166 individuals through phone and email support (average 21 minutes per call), served 5,541 individuals through community support, and visited 37 schools.

Volunteers are the heart of the Center for Grieving Children. A total of 350 volunteers have given 28,000 hours of their time. A total of 216 peer support volunteers facilitate peer support groups, 120 development, fundraising, office and event volunteers come to the Center to help, and a 25 member volunteer board of directors is responsible for general oversight, governance, fundraising and financial stability.

Based in Portland and serving families in Southern Maine, the Center for Grieving Children's services are offered free of charge.