Children’s Disaster Services offers volunteer training workshops in early 2019

CDS Volunteer in Chico, California
CDS volunteer at the Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) in Chico, Calif., interacting with children affected by the Camp Fire. Photo by Kathy Duncan

A series of volunteer training workshops will be offered by Children’s Disaster Services (CDS) in early 2019. Cost to attend one of these workshops, where potential volunteers are trained to serve with CDS, is $45 for early registration or $55 for registrations mailed less than three weeks before the event. CDS volunteers receiving retraining pay only $25. The workshop fee includes all meals, curriculum, and one overnight stay.

Here are upcoming dates and locations:

Feb. 22-23, 2019, at United Presbyterian Church in Oakdale, Pa. The local contact is Tina Hammett, 724-350-1827,

March 1-2, 2019, at St. James Lutheran Church in Redding, Calif. The local contact is Katie Swartz, 530-551-1095,

March 23-24, 2019, at La Verne (Calif.) Church of the Brethren. The local contact is Kathy Benson, 909-837-7103,

April 10-11, 2019, in Chicago, Ill. (Child Life Specialist specific). Location and more information to be announced.

April 12-13, 2019, at Manchester University in North Manchester, Ind. The local contact is Zander Willoughby, 260-982-5108,

For more information and to register for a CDS volunteer training workshop go to Contact the CDS staff at or call 800-451-4407, option 5.

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