Volunteer Opportunities

The E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center is Recruiting Volunteer Mediators: Class of 2019 Mediator Training dates TBD. 

What is mediation?

Mediation is a voluntary process where two or more parties involved in a dispute use a neutral mediator to assist with looking for a resolution. A Mediator does not give legal advice or make decisions for the parties in a dispute. The parties are responsible for any settlement. A Mediator’s role is to help the parties identify concerns and solutions which might lead to an agreement which is mutually satisfactory for all parties involved.

Benefits of mediation

Mediation significantly reduces the judicial caseload in the court system. It is confidential and less adversarial than a courtroom. When parties mediate early in a dispute, they usually avoid the higher costs, both financially and emotionally, associated with involving a court or allowing the dispute to continue. Disputing parties using mediation report high satisfaction and are much more likely to complete the terms of any agreement. The agreements are legally binding and likely to be fulfilled by the disputing parties.

Who are mediators?

Mediators for the E.U.P. Community Dispute Resolution Center (CDRC) are community members who volunteer their talents and time. Mediators require good communication skills, the ability to remain neutral, and a commitment to a collaborative approach to resolving conflict/disputes. They initially receive extensive training with opportunities for advanced training. Many find the mediation process and initial training of benefit in both their personal and professional lives.

What qualifies a person to mediate?

There is no educational or occupational preference for a Mediator. Persons who provide mediation through the CDRC become certified by completing a 40-hour training course followed by 10 hours of observation. Training can be provided at a low cost to a volunteer who makes a commitment to mediate an average of two cases per month for three years. If you want the training, but do not plan to volunteer,

How to volunteer

If you are seeking a rewarding and fulfilling experience and want to learn more, please contact our CDRC at (906) 253-9840 or email director@eupmediate.org. You can also visit our website for more information at www.eupmediate.org. Our office is located in Arlington Plaza at 128 W. Spruce Street, Suite 7, Sault Ste. Marie, MI 49783. We are looking for volunteers to serve as mediators in Chippewa, Luce, and Mackinac Counties.

Class of 2018 Mediators from L-R: Judge Eric Blubaugh (Guest Speaker), Nikki Dowd-McKechnie (Executive Director), Jim Calder, David Zewicky, Jaimee Gerrie, Francene Barbro-Meiners, Alicia Karr, Dan White, Caroline Smith and Spencer Hoffman.