Volunteering at SMART Recovery Online
Thanks for considering sharing your time and talents as a SMART Recovery Online (SROL) Volunteer!
Well over 1000 individuals per month register for our online activities. This requires an active crew of capable volunteers on hand to share the program and tools in our various venues. We’d love to have you join us!
Here’s some information about each of the current volunteer opportunities:
Online Meeting Facilitator: SMART Recovery Online meetings provide a vital service to individuals throughout the world who don’t currently have a SMART Recovery meeting in their community, as well as an added resource to attend meetings during days and times when local meetings are unavailable. Our trained facilitators are amazing! We offer text-only meetings as well as voice meetings – you’ll select the venue of your choice.
Message Board Volunteer: With over 7,800 posts on our vibrant message boards each month, a multitude of volunteers are needed to ensure that individuals receive a warm welcome, and guidance to tools and services. Our trained message board volunteers work together to ensure that everyone who posts in one of the many forums and threads obtains helpful assistance and a thoughtful welcome.
24/7 Chat Room: As individuals arrive on SROL’s shores, they often benefit from having a friendly place to “hang out” in a safe and welcoming place to chat with others. The chat room conversations aren’t always about recovery – you’ll often find people chatting about the book they’re reading, or a new recipe, or their favorite movie. That’s good and beneficial. But if the chat is not recovery-oriented, and someone arrives in the room in crisis, our trained chat volunteers help to turn the conversation to the topic of recovery, and reach out with tools and ideas to provide assistance to the individual.
A Word About the Training
Each of our online volunteers receives the benefit of participating in our GET SMART FAST Distance Training. Our online meeting facilitators will benefit from additional online training specific to the online venue. You’ll find one of our existing online facilitator’s helpful as you co-facilitate 6 meetings, then facilitate 6 meetings with a co-facilitator before moving forward with your own meeting date and time.
Support abounds for all of our SMART Recovery volunteers. In addition to the FAST Distance Training, there are three monthly ongoing training opportunities for our volunteers. These include:
• Tool Training meetings on the first Saturday of every month at 5:00 PM Eastern Time.
• Advanced Facilitator Training on the last Saturday of every month at 3:00 PM Eastern Time. Facilitated by Tom Horvath, President, and BOD members Lorie Hammerstrom and Brett Saarela.
• Fresh Start: Facilitator Support: 2nd Monday of the month at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
• After you register for SMART Recovery Online, do be sure to visit here for the descriptions for each position. You’ll also find a link to volunteer for each of the positions on that page.
Contact our Central Office via email. We’ll introduce you to an online volunteer to help ensure your questions are answered by a trained SMART Recovery Online volunteer.
Thanks! With the ever-growing demand for more meetings and online activities, your time and talent will be put to good use! And we’re confident that you’ll find it a highly rewarding experience.