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Volunteer Council

We are delighted to highlight the CCR Volunteer Council, a structure that has come together to accomplish the following:

ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY

and provide a voice in CCR initiatives

FACILITATE

the use of CCR volunteers’ many strengths in non-mediator capacities

SUPPORT CCR STAFF & VOLUNTEERS

and serve as a pathway for communication between CCR and the volunteer body

FOSTER

a sense of community among CCR volunteers

To learn more about the Volunteer Council

and how you can get involved, please contact
Cassie Lively at clively@ccrchicago.org, or at 312-922-6464 x29

What is the Volunteer Council?

The Volunteer Council serves to enhance the volunteer experience while supporting CCR's mission, staff and community. Membership on the VC is not restricted to mediators—individuals who devote their time and energy to CCR in other ways are also eligible to serve, including the volunteers who work behind the scenes to assist staff, individuals who work with CCR as trainers and mentors, and others who provide valuable volunteer assistance and support. For a word from the current VC Chair, Cathay Lancaster, read this article.

How is the Volunteer Council structured?

The VC meets 10 times a year and does most of its work through three standing committees; ad-hoc committees may also be formed for specific projects and initiatives.

  • The Continuing Education Committee provides key support for continuing education for CCR mediators and trainers and helps plan enrichment events such as book club, talks and presentations on current ADR trends and professional development topics.

  • The Volunteer Community Committee   works with CCR staff to enhance the CCR volunteer experience for both new and experienced volunteers and identify new non-mediation volunteer opportunities.

  • The Outreach Committee partners with CCR’s Auxiliary Board to identify and create new connections to CCR community partners, potential mediation clients, referral organizations and training clients.

How do I Join?

The VC can’t succeed without you! CCR’s lifeblood is the volunteer community that puts its strategy and programs in motion. This is a great chance for you to develop and hone your leadership skills; to share or develop your expertise by spearheading an initiative; to get to know CCR staff; or simply to make friends and meet more fellow volunteers. This is also an opportunity for you to use your skills in a non-mediator capacity, and in a manner that benefits fellow volunteers, CCR, and you.

Anyone is welcome to get involved with the Volunteer Council – you do not have to be a volunteer mediator to participate. If you are interested joining the Volunteer Council, get in touch with Cassie Lively at clively@ccrchicago.org.

Current Members of the VC:

Cathay Lancaster, Chair 

Mike Cohen

Howard Epstein

Susanne Hollander

Paul Johnson

Jack Kande

Cookie Levitz

Bob Lipton

David Louis

William Love

Allison Margolies

Jonah Orlofsky