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ORGANIZATION: Compeer Sarasota @First Step of Sarasota

  • 19 people are interested

Make a difference in someone's life. Help to reduce feelings of isolation by calling them a few times a week. Compeer matches children and adults diagnosed with a mental health disorder with a fully-vetted volunteer who acts as a friend and mentor. Some of our clients are on a waiting list for a friend, and you can help to bridge the gap until they are matched in an in-person, one-on-one relationship, by letting them know a concerned and caring person is available as a listening ear. During this time of COVID, this is a perfect way to help reduce feelings of anxiety, depression and social isolation while keeping everyone healthy and safe.

People from all walks of life, nationalities, and backgrounds can become Compeer volunteers. Training by our Compeer Coordinator is provided to all volunteers.

Contact Dale Wolfson at 941-953-0000, ext. 5144, dwolfson@fsos.org, or Amy Stein at 941-953-0000, ext. 5161, astein@fsos.org.

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About Compeer Sarasota @First Step of Sarasota


1750 17th St., Bldg. G, Sarasota, FL 34234, US

Mission Statement

Our Mission: To improve the lives of those living with mental illness so that the day comes when all communities embrace individuals and their families living with mental health challenges.


Compeer's mission is to match volunteers with children and adults receiving mental health services in a supportive friendship. You do not need any kind of degree or experience with mental health - we are simply looking for people willing to become a friend. This will be the most rewarding volunteer experience you will ever have, and you will have FUN doing it!

Our volunteers become friends, mentors and role models, help raise self-esteem, increase social and communication skills and encourage independence for their Compeer friends by providing the gift of caring and compassion along with a listening ear. We ask that you spend four hours a month with your Compeer friend in a one-to-one relationship doing things like taking a walk, going for coffee, seeing a movie, playing games, eating out, visiting museums, anything that you would normally do with a friend.

During this time of COVID, many peoples' lives have been changed. Many people are feeling more isolated and alone. Compeer has ways to ease that isolation through virtual platforms while protecting the health and safety of all. Even if you are not physically present, you can still make a difference in someone's life.

Training by our Compeer Coordinator is provided to all volunteers.


Health & Medicine
Community, Health & Medicine, Seniors


We'll work with your schedule.


Sarasota and Manatee CountiesSarasota and Bradenton, FL 34236



  • Mentoring
  • Mental Health
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building


  • Teens
  • People 55+


  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • One hour a week of phone time.
  • Complete a simple on-line report each month.

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