Person to Person: Citizen Advocacy brings the needs of an individual at risk of social isolation to the attention of a citizen who will respond to those needs through a freely given advocacy relationship. Each relationship is unique. A Citizen Advocate can choose to be a friend, mentor, etc. We believe unequivocally that a person with a disability deserves inclusion in mainstream society. We know that a person with a disability possess many gifts and talents to share, but are not always given the opportunity to do so. We believe that a community volunteer can show and share the world around them, making a huge difference in the life of that individual. We believe that the value of "neighbor helping neighbor" is something worth preserving.
About Person to Person:Citizen Advocacy Association, Inc.
7000 East Genesee Street, D Building Lower Level, Fayetteville, NY 13066, US
The mission of Person to Person: Citizen Advocacy (PPCA) is to promote the protection of, and advocacy for, people who are devalued, usually due to a mental or physical disability. PPCA programs bring the needs and interests of an individual who is at risk of social isolation to the attention of a citizen who, with support staff, will respond to those needs through a freely given advocacy relationship.
What We Do: The PPCA staff recruit’s community volunteer advocates for people of all ages who have a developmental disability and some form of unmet need. People with developmental disabilities live in every neighborhood. We are neighbors helping neighbors. Most importantly, the community volunteer advocate is the protégé’s friend who shows and shares the world around them. With support from the PPCA staff, matches between advocates and persons with developmental disabilities are created to often form long-lasting friendships that can make all the difference in the world to an individual.
How It Works: The PPCA staff make a match between a protégé (a person with a developmental disability) and an advocate (community volunteer) in which both share their gifts, talents, and friendship. The match is formed by mutual agreement between the advocate and protégé and exists as long as they both are satisfied. There are no minimum requirements or expectations on the duration of a match, on when and how often the advocate and protégé are together, or on what activities take place during their time together.