Helping America's Most Vulnerable

CMS Volunteer Mediators

Are you in conflict with family members, neighbors, or at work? 

Conflict happens in almost everyone’s life at some point or another. But it can be dealt with effectively. Our trained, low-cost mediators will work with all parties in your dispute — in an impartial, professional way — to help clarify the issues, explore options, and reach a mutually satisfying resolution. 

If you have a dispute or conflict with…

Your neighbors
Friends or family
Employees or management
Customers, clients, or vendors
Landlords or housing authorities
Businesses or other organizations
People in your school
Lending institutions

…we can help. 

Our specialized mediation, meeting facilitation, and training services are offered in the areas of family life, neighborhood relations, agriculture, housing, landlord–tenant relations, employment, nonprofit and for-profit organizational life, elder care, and schools.

Our services are confidential, nonbinding, and affordable. 

Special services for organizations
Our trained mediators can facilitate strategic-planning sessions, group conflict situations and other key meetings and projects for your organization. We also offer conflict-resolution workshops and trainings for employees and managers; grievance support services; and skills training for organizational communication, team building, and more. 

Special services for the agricultural community 

Our trained mediators can facilitate disputes involving adverse USDA decisions, farm loans, environmental or forestry issues, insurance or disaster relief, contracts with food processors, neighbors, labor issues, wetland determinations, and more.

U.S. Department of Agriculture discrimination policy

“The U.S. Department of Agricuture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disabiltiy, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, political beliefs, genetic information, reprisal, or because all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (voice and TDD).

To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Stop 9410, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call toll-free at (866) 632-9992 (English) or (800) 877-8339 (TDD) or (866) 377-8642 (English Federal-relay) or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish Federal-relay). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.”