Jefferson County Mediation Services volunteers share a desire to help citizens to resolve conflict without violence. They also view the program as a credible way to build skills and experience that are recognized by our state’s professional organization, The Mediation Association of Colorado.
Mediators commit to serve for one year at a time; however, nearly half of our current volunteers have served for four or more years. Their contributions are immense: without the dedication, skill and hard work of each of these mediators, Jefferson County Mediation Services could not have attained the remarkable level of quality that it offers today.
The community benefits because there is an increasing pool of mediators experienced in the huge variety of cases amenable to mediation. Some of our volunteers have gone on to establish or run community mediation services elsewhere, so the benefits continue to spread, giving citizens a viable alternative to other, more expensive, destructive, and time-consuming, means of conflict resolution (e.g., litigation or fighting).