Parent Volunteer Workshops
Community Resource Parent
By becoming a Community Resource Parent, you can help Vermont Family Network support other parents. You will receive training in advocacy, peer support, communication skills, navigating the education system and accessing resources. Use these skills to help your own child or support other parents. Please review the volunteer description for more information.
Parents who have just learned about their child’s diagnosis often feel helpless and alone. Talking with another parent who has experienced a similar situation can help parents feel less alone and more hopeful. In this workshop, participants who would like to serve in this role of “Supporting Parent” learn how to support other parents by using listening skills, emotional understanding, information and resources, and shared experiences. Parents will learn to understand and support in a non-judgmental manner, individuals and families with differences in thinking and perceptions, culture, family structure, socio-economic status, education, and heritage. Parents will learn to inform families of available options for advocacy, education and community access involvement. Please review the volunteer description for more information.