Apply to Volunteer to Provide Grief Support

Apply to Help Other Suicide Loss Survivors

Thank you for considering Samaritans as a place to donate your time. Losing a loved to suicide is a painful and difficult experience. Samaritans’ Grief Support Services provides support to suicide loss survivors – people who have lost loved ones to suicide. Our Grief Support Services volunteers have been personally impacted by a loss to suicide and are at a place in their own healing which allows them to help others as they travel a similar path after a tragic loss. 

Prospective volunteers attend at least four SafePlace meetings and participate in approximately 15 hours of training in grief support and facilitation. When training is completed, our volunteers dedicate a minimum of four hours per month to our program. 

Volunteers are vital to our program and to meeting the needs of suicide loss survivors across the country. At Samaritans, we know that your time is precious, and we want every minute you spend with us to be worthwhile. That’s why we’re asking you to take a few minutes to fill out this application. It will help us ensure that this volunteer opportunity is a good fit for you and for Samaritans.

  • 1. Volunteer Commitment

    Please initial your confirmation of the statements below.
  • 2. Contact Information

  • 3. Essays

  • 4. References

    List three character references that know you well and can attest to your abilities and suitability for Grief Support Services volunteer work (one reference MUST be a family member).
  • 5. Volunteer Agreement

    ***Please Read Before Signing***

    As an applicant for a volunteer position, I understand that CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and a SORI (Sex Offender Registry Information) background check will be conducted and that it will not necessarily disqualify me. I certify that all information provided by me in support of my volunteer application is true and correct to the best of my knowledge. I understand that misrepresentations or omissions may be cause for rejection, or may be cause for subsequent dismissal. I give Samaritans permission to investigate all information concerning my volunteer application in order to determine my qualifications. I understand that any offer of volunteer work may be rescinded if the results of the investigation are unacceptable to Samaritans at its sole discretion.
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Our Services

Samaritans provides lifesaving suicide prevention services throughout Massachusetts. Our services are free, confidential, and nonjudgmental.


24/7 Helpline

You can call or text us anytime you feel isolated, desperate, suicidal, or concerned about someone else in your life.


Hey Sam

Hey Sam is a peer-to-peer texting service for people up to 24 years old.


Grief Support Services

If you have lost a loved one to suicide, you can find support through events, meetings, and peer networks.


Community Education

Learn how to help someone in crisis by hosting a suicide prevention workshop at your school, workplace, or organization.