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Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia

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Compeer Friends

WHAT IS THE COMPEER PROGRAM?

"Compeer" means a companion who is also a peer or equal. Loneliness, failure, fear and loss of self-esteem are universal experiences of those who suffer from a mental illness. A caring friend can help restore joy and hope to a life that is often empty of both. Compeer is a non-profit program which matches caring, sensitive, and trained volunteers with mental health service recipients in one-to-one friendship relationships.

WHO ARE COMPEER VOLUNTEERS?

Compeer volunteers are individuals of all ages, walks of life, races, and religions who enjoy companionship and helping people. Many of them have had experiences with loneliness and difficult times in their own lives, which enables them to bring a special understanding to the Compeer relationship. They are screened, trained, and matched by Compeer and the referring therapists. The volunteers must also submit references to help assure reliability and consistency.

WHAT DO THE VOLUNTEERS AND FRIENDS DO TOGETHER?

They agree to get together for four hours a month, for at least one year, to participate in activities they both enjoy doing. Some possibilities include:

sharing a pot of coffee movies

window shopping museums

attending free concerts plays

walking sporting events

playing cards/ games church events

In addition to having fun together, the volunteer may be able to advocate on behalf of their friend concerning housing, disabilities, etc. The volunteer is not a therapist but a friend who becomes a helpful part of the mental health team.

HOW DO I GET A COMPEER VOLUNTEER?

Anyone currently involved in mental health therapy (in a hospital, day treatment program, mental health clinic, rehabilitation program or with a private practitioner) can request a referral to Compeer from his/ her therapist. Compeer will then make every effort to arrange a volunteer as quickly as possible.

For more information, please call: Compeer 1-800-564-PEER


SIX WAYS TO VOLUNTEER

1) One-to-One Friendship - 4 hours a month
2) Compeer Calling Volunteer - 10-15 minutes a week
3) E-Buddy Volunteer - contact primarily through email, texting, and/or electronic communication
4) Pen Pal - written correspondence ( letters, cards ) at least twice year month to offer support
5) Member of Compeer Advisory Board - volunteer serves to help on the Compeer Advisory Board to give input and decision making. Advisors meet four times a year.
6) Grant Writing supporter and reviewer

Please complete the Volunteer application by clicking the link below https://compeerfriends.org/volunteer-form.

Orientation can be done in person and virtually online using Zoom meetings. To arrange a volunteer orientation, please respond with some dates and times you are available for a training. Office hours are by appointment, on weekdays, between 10:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. If this does not work for you, we can arrange a meeting in the evening, to accommodate your schedule. Please call us at (610) 541-0790 or email olga@compeerfriends.org to set a volunteer orientation today in person or online today.

Please visit the link provided to learn more about the healing power of friendship https://vimeo.com/363621087

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About Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia

Location:

411 Dartmouth Ave., Swarthmore, PA 19081, US

Mission Statement

Compeer friendship is as simple as going for a walk, having a conversation, going to a movie or picking up the phone. Through Compeer, a volunteer can help change someone's life for the better and it's just as simple as being a friend. A Compeer volunteer is a man or woman who shares a friendship with someone socially isolated by mental illness and economically disadvantaged. He or she is a sensitive person who understands and accepts someone who may feel misunderstood or rejected. Compeers spend at least four hours a month together, seeking to have weekly contact wherever possible. Compeer matches are based on mutual preferences, and volunteers receive comprehensive training.

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OUR MISSION & VALUES

To enhance and support recovery, wellness, and a sense of belonging for our friends and neighbors living with mental illness.
Friendships and supportive relationships as a key element for the recovery, support, and wellness of those we serve. The engagement and collaboration of our community through our network of partnerships, volunteers, supporters and mental health professionals.

Volunteer Application can be completed by visiting the link below
https://compeerfriends.org/volunteer-form

Compeer
411 Dartmouth Ave.
Swarthmore, PA 19081
610-541-0790
www.compeerfriends.org

Community
Education & Literacy
Health & Medicine

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

411 Dartmouth AveSwarthmore, PA 19081

(39.90209,-75.3493)
 

SKILLS

  • Mental Health
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Veteran Care
  • Grant Writing / Research

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training

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