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Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia

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Help a Veteran in mental health recovery

VETERAN VOLUNTEER JOB

Importance of Position:

Befriending a Veteran managing mental health issues, and offering regularly-scheduled, supportive friendship is vital for those recovering from mental illness; you help them to enjoy a more productive life, prevent costly rehospitalization, promote their recovery and give them a chance to experience camaraderie with someone who has walked a mile in their boots. Your time and life experience are extremely valuable to friends that are utilizing mental health and recovery services.

Qualifications:

Military service

Positive motivation to be of assistance to another Veteran

Good listening skills

Reliable - keeps commitments

Sensitive to the needs of the person who will be your CompeerCORPS Participant

Reports to: CompeerCORPS Coordinator and/or Compeer Program Director

Responsibilities:

Complete one CompeerCORPS Orientation session

Establish & maintain friendship with your matched Veteran of the same gender

Submit required monthly report to Compeer Office

Training Provided:

Orientation regarding mental health diagnoses, types of treatments, communication skills (listening, empathy, etc.,), boundaries, and expectations.

Benefits of Volunteering:

Make a new friend while being of service

Make a real difference in the life of a Veteran who has a mental illness

Opportunity to achieve personal goals

Time Commitment:

Four (4) hours per month, at least weekly contact with friend, in person or by phone

Length of Commitment:

A minimum of one year

Grounds for Termination:

Failure to carry out assigned responsibilities or work within the program guidelines

Contact Person :

CompeerCORPS Coordinator at (610) 541-0790

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 call us at 610-541-0790 or email us at olga@compeerfriends.org for more information

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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. Click on "Matching Process" below for a complete overview.

Compeer serves Delaware Counties and Montgomery.

Description

COMPEER VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION:
Importance of Position to a mentally Ill Person: Befriending a person managing a mental illness, and offering regularly scheduled, supportive companionship is vital for these consumers; you help them to enjoy a more productive life, prevent costly rehospitalizations, and promote their recovery. Your time is very valuable to consumers of mental health services.

Qualifications:

Positive motivation to be of help to another person
Good listening skills
Reliable - keeps commitments
Sensitive to needs and characteristics of mentally ill people
Responsible to: Compeer Program Director

Responsibilities:

Complete one Compeer Orientation session
Establish & maintain friendship with matched friend of the same gender
Submit required monthly reports to Compeer Office

Training Provided:
Orientation to persons with mental illness, types of disorders and treatments, communication skills (listening, empathy, etc.,), limit setting and expectations.

Benefits of Volunteering:
Make a new friend while being of service
Make a real difference in the life of a mentally ill person
Opportunity to achieve personal goals


Time Commitment:
Four (4) hours per month, at least weekly contact with friend, in person or by phone

Length of Commitment:
A minimum of one year

Grounds for Termination: Failure to carry out assigned responsibilities or work within the program guidelines.

Volunteer Application can be completed at
http://www.compeerfriends.org/VolunteerApplication08.pdf

Contact Person:
Program Assistant
Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia
610.541.0790
http://www.compeerfriends.org/

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

411 Dartmouth AveSwarthmore, PA 19081

(39.90226,-75.34924)
 

SKILLS

  • Mental Health
  • Counseling / Mental Health
  • Veteran Care

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 Hours , 10-15 min phone calls, texting, emailing, pen-pal
  • Background Check

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