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.
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
Complete one CompeerCORPS Orientation session
Establish & maintain friendship with your matched Veteran of the same gender
Submit required monthly report to Compeer Office
Orientation regarding mental health diagnoses, types of treatments, communication skills (listening, empathy, etc.,), boundaries, and expectations. Orientationavailable in person and virtually online!
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
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 complete the Volunteer application by clicking the link below https://compeerfriends.org/volunteer-form-2 . To arrange a volunteer orientation, please respond with some dates and times you are available to meet in person or virtually online. Please call us at (610) 541-0790 or email Jonathanb@voiceandvisioninc.org to set a volunteer orientation today. Please visit the link provided to learn more about the healing power of friendship https://vimeo.com/363621087
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.
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
People with Disabilities
Veterans & Military Families
We'll work with your schedule.
411 Dartmouth AveSwarthmore, PA19081
October 5, 2020
Counseling / Mental Health
Must be at least 18
Orientation or Training
4 Hours , 10-15 min phone calls, texting, emailing, pen-pal