Do I have to be a child of divorce to volunteer or have my own divorce experience?
No. You do not have to have any personal divorce experience. Most of us can relate in a way that we have experienced grief or loss at some point throughout our lifetime.
What are the requirements to become a New Day volunteer?
Each New Day volunteer must have a love for children and a desire to help them through this difficult transition in life. New Day provides all the training and support needed to facilitate a group.
We do require that you attend all training hours prior to facilitating a group and we conduct background checks on all volunteers. All volunteers must be 16 years or older and have your own transportation.
What is the time commitment?
New Day meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday evenings of each month (September-May). Volunteers need to be there from 5:30p-8:45p.
It is important to provide consistency and build trust with our New Day families. Therefore, we ask that you commit to volunteering for at least one year (or semester if in school). We understand that during that year there will be scheduling conflicts, and ask that you inform us as soon as possible if you are unable to attend a program night.
Do I have to have experience working in mental health or with kids?
No. All of the skills you will need will be covered in training.
What is the training like?
Volunteers must be present for all training dates before they are placed in a group with a facilitator team. Training consists of 12 hours over 3 days and occurs 2+ times throughout the year.
- Saturday from 8:00 AM- 1:00 PM
- Tuesday (program shadow night) from 5:30 PM-8:30 PM
- Wednesday from 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Each training will cover the activities & skills used at New Day and the theories on which our philosophy and curriculum are based.
Can I volunteer and be in the same group with my friend/spouse?
It is possible. After you and your friend/spouse have completed training, you will work with the Volunteer Coordinator of New Day to be placed in an appropriate group. Assuming there is room and a need for you both to be in the same group, you will likely be together.
What if I would rather just work with the adults and not the kids?
Some facilitators who complete the New Day training feel more comfortable and have skills suited for working with adults. As such, just let us know as you go through training and we will try to work with you.
What if I have committed to New Day and have a scheduled vacation?
We take the commitment you make to New Day very seriously because our program cannot survive without you. However, we understand that occasionally vacations have been planned and people get sick. In these cases, we just need you to let us know as soon as possible when there is a conflict.