Community Mediation Services aims to provide mediation services free of charge to residents of the St. Louis metropolitan area. Even bolder, we imagine a society in which community mediation becomes the recognized method for resolving intractable conflicts. Neither of these goals is possible without the involvement of members of the St. Louis community.
Get Involved by Spreading the Word.
One of the most basic ways to get involved with community mediation is to get out the word. Talk to your neighbors, your neighborhood trustees, your alderman, or others who might benefit from our services. Refer them to our website. Follow and recommend us on Facebook, Google+, or Twitter. Let people know about Community Mediation Services of St. Louis, and that mediation can help.
Get Involved as a Volunteer Mediator
The major skills needed are effective listening, providing appropriate feedback through questions and paraphrasing, self-restraint from providing advice or opinions, and adherence to confidentiality requirements. Many people have these skills, and our mediation training develops them further. Check Our Mediators for more information.
Get Involved in Other Ways
Being a volunteer mediator may not be a good fit for everyone. However, there are many other areas where volunteers would be welcome. Contact us to join Community Mediation Services of St. Louis corps of volunteers and learn more about ways to get involved.
Help Community Mediation Services of St. Louis Find Mediation Space
In order to make mediation as convenient as possible to as many St. Louis residents as possible, we are always looking to diversify our mediation locations. If you know of a suitable facility, such as a classroom at a church, a conference room at a neighborhood office, or something similar, in an area of town where we do not presently have such facilities we would be interested.
Donate to Community Mediation Services of St. Louis
Although our goal remains to provide mediation services free to residents of the St. Louis Metropolitan area, providing the service is not without cost. Maintaining a website, attending multiple events community wide, purchasing materials for mediations and town hall facilitation add up to significant operating expenses, all of which we rely on donations to cover. Managing the mediation center has been an all-volunteer operation, but the hours also constitute several full time positions that we cannot expect to maintain forever without compensation. All donations are very much appreciated. We accept donations through PayPal on this website. Email us to learn more about the ways in which your donation can help make community mediation sustainable for St. Louis.