Community mediation seeks volunteers

August 05, 2013

The Harford County Community Mediation Program is looking for volunteers to join the group. The Community Mediation Program, a program of the Department of Community Services, offers Harford County citizens free mediation services.

Residents can take advantage of this confidential and neutral process to resolve conflicts. Mediators help resolve conflicts that include disputes between neighbors, families, friends, businesses and consumers.

Volunteer mediators receive 45 hours of free basic mediation training and five hours of follow-up training. To receive the free training, volunteers must make a commitment to attend all of the training, complete an apprenticeship program and donate 36 hours of volunteer time.

Training sessions will be Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, Sept. 22, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, Sept. 28, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 15, 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer mediator should call Susan Fisher, 410-638-4807. An application can be downloaded at http://www.harfordcountymd.gov/services/community/doc/573.pdf.

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