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Become a Mediator

Mid Shore Mediation is dependent on the involvement of volunteer mediators. Our services are provided at no-cost to our participants because mediation should be a service that is accessible to everyone, regardless of income. Our entire community wins when we are able to reduce court involvement and support our neighbors in collaborative conflict resolution. In order to offer mediation free of charge and to serve everyone in our area, we rely on volunteers to host these critical conversations.

As a volunteer mediator, you will support people navigating through some of the most difficult times in their lives. You will provide a private, nonjudgmental space where participants can speak openly and honestly about their situation and make a customized plan to meet everyone’s needs.

Conflict is inevitable, how we manage it is what makes the difference. Our volunteers empower people to resolve their conflicts productively, creating the best possible outcomes for individuals, families, and neighborhoods.

Many advanced training opportunities are available to our volunteers in addition to the Basic Mediation Training. Our upcoming training opportunities are listed below!



Volunteer of the Year

Congratulations, Marilyn!

Marilyn Cook completed her Basic Mediation Training only two years ago, and she has been unstoppable ever since. As an active mediator in the District Court Day of Trial Program and a member of the Volunteer Engagement Committee, Marilyn's passion for the work we do and her devotion to our participants make her an invaluable member of our team.

Marilyn was born in Iowa and raised on a farm. She received her Master's in Business Administration from the University of Maryland, College Park, and worked for 14 years as a budget analyst. She is the proud mother of two children, a married daughter who lives in Centreville and a son who resides in Virginia.

Call us at 410-820-5553


Upcoming Training Opportunities



If you are interested in helping resolve local disputes and care about building peace and harmony in our community, consider volunteering as a community mediator. Mid Shore Mediation hosts Basic Mediation Training twice annually where you will learn skills that will help you manage your own conflicts while you learn to help others work through disagreements and make plans about their future.


BMT Summer Session (6 days):
  • August 1st & 2nd

  • August 5th & 6th

  • August 8th & 9th

Back-up dates: August 12 & 13

Americorps & Academic Internships


We are proud to partner with higher education institutions to provide valuable, hands-on internship experiences for professionals in training. Mid Shore Mediation is an approved internship/field placement for the Social Work and Conflict Resolution programs at Salisbury University & University of Maryland Eastern Shore.

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