Become a vital part of the process and volunteer

As residents of the greater Dayton area, we are all in this together. In 1987, the City of Dayton saw a different way for community members to be part of the process to address conflict effectively and make our community better. Today our volunteers receive cutting-edge training in conflict intervention and play an important role in the success of helping people manage conflict positively and constructively.

Volunteer opportunities with a variety of responsibilities

The Center conducts more than 1,000 mediations annually with the support of community mediators. Intervention specialists have trained more than 1,500 citizen mediators from diverse backgrounds and interests. Other volunteer opportunities that play an important role in helping to resolve conflict
are listed below.

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Mediator:

Volunteer mediators make an initial 2-year commitment that includes a 60-hour supervised apprenticeship process and mediating regularly on a monthly basis. Once the apprenticeship process is completed, community mediators continue their training in quarterly continuing mediation education workshops and additional learning opportunities.

Community Impact Panelists (CIP):

CIP panelists work with youth and adults in a friendly setting to help them learn and grow, from first-time offenses that have resulted in a ticket or a fine, to situations that result in criminal charges. CIP panelists bring the wealth of their personal experiences and share their perspectives as representatives of the community.

Receptionist/Administrative Support:

Center receptionist/administrative volunteers assist the Center Staff by greeting clients, managing mediation paperwork, and completing a list of administrative duties.

Language Interpreter:

Language interpreters support the Center’s services by providing communication support to clients who do not speak English as the primary language. Interpreters participate in for actual mediation sessions.

Fundraising:

Fundraising volunteers support the Center in locating grants and additional financial sources to be able to increase the expanse of services offered to the community.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

-Margaret Mead

"I feel that everything that needed to be said was told and it’s a relief."

-Mediation, Participant Feedback

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