Get involved & give back!

As Oprah Winfrey once said, “Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

So, take the bus with us! You know first hand how much hope and encouragement volunteers can provide. Reach out to help others who are just beginning theirs. In 2015, CGS Volunteers contributed more than 5,220 hours to help others.

Volunteer Training

Training is based on AARP Bereavement Volunteer Training and is held each spring and fall. For the next class, contact Community Grief Support at 205.870.8667 or email us at

Support Group Opportunities

Welcome/Call committee, greeters, provide or serve meals and dine with group members, share stories, make topical presentations, encourage struggling group members.

Why are Volunteers so important? Hear what group members have to say…

  • I needed to hear about their successes and their truthfulness about the pain and sadness.
  • Good to have others experience to realize that we are not alone.
  • Very much helpful to me because she has been in this place of grief, disappointment and loss a lot longer than me.
  • Showed that we could “get there.”
  • An inspiration to there being hope when volunteers shared their lives with us. They show there are better days ahead.
  • Loved hearing their stories and seeing how strong they are today. Gives us hope.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers “help” in many ways, according to their availability and interests –

  • Lift Your Spirits, Magic City Mac + Cheese Festival, Hope for the Holidays and Tree Of Lights– Mailings (stuffing/stamping), greeters, registration, testimonies, book sales, decorations/set-up, solicit auction items, auction check-out, clean up.
  • CGS Junior Board – Volunteers age 22-45
    Apply to be a junior board member