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ORGANIZATION: Compeer of Greater Buffalo

  • 202 people are interested

We believe that mental wellness starts with friendship. Think about it. How often do you call upon your friends to get a bite to eat, cup of coffee, or to connect on the phone? Maybe you go see a movie, watch a game, take a walk, or text to feel connected and supported. Whether celebrating or working through a stressful situation, your friend makes a meaningful difference to your life.

You can be that friend for someone experiencing a mental health challenge. In the Compeer program, our participants come to us because they are looking for social connections. Living with a mental illness, like depression or anxiety, has impacted their ability to maintain a meaningful non-familial relationship and in many cases has led to feelings loneliness and isolation.

Compeer friends are matched in a 1-to-1 friendship with a youth (age 6-21), adult (age 22-59) or older adult (age 60+). We also create friendships between military veterans and postpartum moms. A Compeer friend helps them socially, by being a positive role model, helping raise self-esteem, increasing social and communication skills, and encouraging independence. Visits occur virtually, in person, or over the phone. Your comfort level with visit type will be discussed during your screening. Compeer volunteers are expected to maintain a routine with their friend, communicating and visiting each week.

Compeer volunteers must be a minimum age of 18. Through the application and screening process you will complete a series of background checks, and interview, reference checks, and an orientation.

Ideally, volunteers will commit 1-year of service to this program, though we know this is not always possible. If you are not sure you have 1-year to commit, but are interested, please give us a call and we will identify a role that would be the best fit for your circumstances.

Compeer of Greater Buffalo serves all of Erie County, NY. A large majority of our clients live in the City of Buffalo. We utilize a number of factors to match a volunteer with a client, including location, but ask that you be flexible with your preferences as it is more likely that the person you are matched with will live in a zip code different than your own.

To learn more, schedule a 15-minute inquiry call with a member of our team. You may schedule here: https://calendly.com/compeerlisa/volunteer-interest.

If you know you'd like to apply, the application is available here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5995423/Volunteer-Application

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About Compeer of Greater Buffalo


1179 Kenmore Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14217, US

Mission Statement

Promoting good mental health through meaningful friendships.


Compeer Buffalo operates four core programs, each focusing on friendship and supportive relationships to encourage mental wellness. These include one-on-one volunteer mentoring, group mentoring social activities, school-based mentoring, and Mental Health Education (including the evidenced based curriculum for Mental Health First Aid). Volunteers become positive role models, help raise self-esteem, increase social and communication skills, and encourage independence for their Compeer friends. The relationship between volunteers and their friends encourages a sense of belonging, trust, respect, hope, support, and empowerment.

The Compeer model of one-to-one support is an evidenced based program that was recognized in 2007 by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) - a branch of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - as an evidenced based program under the National Registry of Evidenced based Programs and Practices (NREPP).


Children & Youth
People with Disabilities
Children & Youth, Community, People with Disabilities


We'll work with your schedule.


Multiple locations Buffalo, NY 14217



  • People Skills
  • Mental Health
  • Relationship Building




  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Approximately 4 hours per month for 1 year
  • Application, Interview, Proof of Auto Insurance

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