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2020 Volunteer Training Opportunity

Our services are provided primarily by trained volunteers who have experience in healing from their own personal loss. With the aid of professional staff and ongoing training, Kara’s peer support volunteers provide crucial service to those grieving in our community.  Here’s your chance to join our incredible team of over 200 volunteers who bring care, compassion, connection and community to the bereaved every day.

Upcoming Training Information

Our next volunteer training will be held in early March 2020 (find all details below). Kara is seeking new volunteers who would like to learn how to support others through the grief process. Volunteer are needed to serve as:

  • Counselors for individual adults clients
  • Group facilitators to co-lead adult groups
  • Facilitators for grief groups for children, teens and parents
  • Grief Group Facilitators and Cabin Counselors for Camp Kara, a weekend camp for grieving children and teens
  • Outreach facilitators/speakers for community education and training
  • Outreach facilitators for on-site grief crisis response

In addition, volunteers with the following backgrounds/identities are needed:

  • Experience with suicide loss or spouse/partner loss
  • Diverse, multi-cultural backgrounds
  • Men
  • Bilingual speakers (Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese,Vietnamese)
  • Spanish speakers Click Here to learn about how you can serve grieving Latinos.

Informational Meetings will be held on Thursday, January 16th, and Tuesday, January 21st, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:30 PM at the Kara offices located at 457 Kingsley Avenue, Palo Alto. This meeting will include an overview of Kara’s services, the role of our volunteers, and videos of clients describing their support experiences. Space is limited and will be granted on a first registered basis. All potential volunteer candidates are required to:

  • Attend ONE informational meeting and ALL of the primary training dates;
  • Upon acceptance into the volunteer corps, commit to at least one year of service, and;
  • Attend regular In-Service Training sessions throughout the year

Sign-up for an Informational Meeting

Our 2020 training dates are March 6, 7 & 14. All potential volunteers must complete an online application by end of day February 2, 2020. If chosen to participate in the training, volunteer candidates must attend all training dates.

Primary Training & Meeting Dates 2020
Friday March 6th    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday March 7th    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday March 14th    9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Wednesday April 29th (All-Volunteer Event)   7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

In addition, for Camp Kara Volunteers:
Thursday June 25th  6:00 PM – 9:00 PM (New Camp Volunteers)
Saturday June 27th    8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (All Camp Volunteers)
(Camp Kara 2020 will be held July 10th – 12th)

Volunteer Application

Click on the icon link below to start your application. To view a flyer containing volunteer basic requirements, spring training dates and other key information, click here.

Learn more about volunteering here.