Annual Appeal 2022
As you know, Community Mediation Upper Shore (CMUS) works with families, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and other community members to help them resolve conflicts. CMUS services are offered free of charge.
CMUS has served upwards of 360 community members in 2022, including more than 50 families & 70 students.
Mediation assists families as they have difficult conversations. A variety of factors heighten family conflict, including housing insecurity, food insecurity, and substance abuse. In mediation, families can address these barriers together. CMUS has had mediations in which family members come together after the loss of a loved one to opioid addiction to make plans for the orphaned children. From parenting plans to elder care plans to family reunification and more, mediation can help. These families need access to conflict resolution services that don’t exacerbate their situation with the financial burden of paid services.
In schools and amongst youth participants, 88.9% of youth who used mediation through CMUS agreed with the statement “I think mediation helped prevent my conflict from resulting in a fight.” Conflicts don’t have to lead to violence, severed relationships, or unnecessary escalation. We believe everyone should have access to mediation and other services that can help conflict be resolved peacefully.
Join CMUS in increasing access to resolution processes that support and strengthen our relationships and community.
CMUS Partners with QACPS to Build More Peaceful Schools
CMUS has recently expanded its multi-year partnership with Queen Anne's County Public Schools (QACPS) with additional on-site mediation programs for students, faculty and administrators. This partnership was recently highlighted in this Bay Times / News Observer article.
Cameron Ronayne, CMUS' Executive Director, explains "we are happy to be in partnership with QACPS. With this partnership, CMUS is able to provide valuable services to students, including conflict and attendance mediation, community-building circles for staff and students, conflict awareness workshops, IEP facilitations, and other services to all of QACPS."
If you are in a conflict (at school, at home, at work, with a neighbor, landlord or tenant) that you think could benefit from community mediation, don't hesitate to call. We can help you decide if mediation is right for you at this time.
If you'd like to volunteer your time as a community mediator (CMUS will provide all necessary training) or board member, scroll down for more information or simply drop us an email at email@example.com.
Anyone can be a peacemaker!
With training, mentorship, and time, volunteers can become excellent mediators.
Interested community members can learn the collaborative skills of mediation and inclusive listening through the highly recommended training with Community Mediation Maryland.
If you're curious about what makes for a good listener, interested in conflict resolution, or looking for fulfilling volunteer opportunities, talk to CMUS!
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