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ORGANIZATION: Compeer of Johnson County

  • 9 people are interested
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Compeer matches adults who are living with mental illness with community volunteers to create intentional friendships.

As a volunteer you will connect with your friend on a regular basis at mutually convenient times to share activities you both enjoy, such as movies, sports, going for walks in good weather, shopping or coffee and a chat, etc.

You and your new friend will spend about an hour together once a week (or 2 hours every two weeks). We need volunteers across the adult age and gender spectrum (though our minimum volunteer age is 23). Training, ongoing education and support are provided by the Compeer staff.

Being a Compeer friend is a fun, fullfilling and wonderful way to make the world a better place!

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About Compeer of Johnson County

Location:

2701 Rochester Avenue, Iowa City, IA 52245, US

Mission Statement

Compeer's mission is to reduce the loneliness and isolation of adults receiving mental health treatment by developing structured friendships with trained community volunteers. We envision a day when all communities embrace individuals and their families living with mental health challenges.

Description

You and your new friend will spend about an hour together once a week (or 2 hours every two weeks). We need volunteers of all ages, minimum 23 years old. Training, ongoing education and support are provided by the Compeer staff.

Compeer volunteers make a positive difference in someone’s life. Your friendship provides a sense of connection and companionship for yourself and for your match friend. Each person has gained a new friend with whom to enjoy and explore different aspects of life, learn from, and grow with.


"When I am out with my friend, I feel I am part of what is happening in a busy world and I am not alone. I see other people together and I no longer feel different because I am with my volunteer friend."
- Participant

"I would highly recommend Compeer as a volunteer opportunity. It provides situations for you to learn so many things too!"
- Volunteer

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Community
People with Disabilities
Advocacy & Human Rights, Community, People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Iowa City, IA 52245

(41.66136,-91.49182)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 23
  • Orientation or Training
  • We ask that volunteers be able to meet with their friend for 4 hours a month, on a schedule that fits with both people's lives. We ask that both the vounteer and friend make a 1 year commitment.
  • We require vounteers to agree to a backgronud check, provide references and complete our volunteer training. We ask participants to be actively engaged in regular therapy sessions.

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