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 or a cup of coffee? Maybe you go see a movie, watch a game, take a walk, or chat on the phone to feel connected and supported. Whether celebrating or working through a stressful situation, your friend makes a meaningful difference.
You can be that friend for someone experiencing a mental health challenge. In the Compeer program, our program 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 of isolation and loneliness. Becoming a volunteer with Compeer allows you to provide support to someone in our community.
Compeer friends are matched in a 1-to-1 friendship with a child (age 6-17), adult (age 18-59) or older adult (age 60+). A Compeer friend helps them socially, by being a positive role model, helping raise self-esteem, increasing social and communication skills, and encouraging independence. At this time, visits with your fiend are held through phone, virtual, and when appropriate in person. Each match has vary circumstances and comfort level with spending time in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. At this time 99% of the screening process can be completed virtually.
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.
To get started, or learn more, schedule a 15-minute inquiry call with the Director of Volunteer Engagement. You may schedule here: https://calendly.com/compeerlisa/volunteer-interest.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Compeer of Greater Buffalo
24 Ludington Street, Buffalo, NY 14206, US
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).