One-to-One Friendship Volunteer in Phoenixville, PA

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COMPEER Chester County

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Spend time with another adult in the Phoenixville area, enjoying activities like meeting for coffee, taking a walk, or just chatting. In as little as 4 hours a month, you can make a difference in the life of someone who may be feeling lonely or isolated. This volunteer opportunity is sponsored by Compeer Chester County (PA), which pairs up community volunteers with persons living with mental health challenges. Individuals who themselves are in recovery are encouraged to volunteer.

Volunteers receive training to prepare them to meet the individual they'll be matched with. Based on mutual interests and location, each volunteer is paired up with someone who has expressed interest in meeting a friend (and has been referred to Compeer by a mental health professional). Compeer staff facilitate an introductory meeting. Staff provide ongoing support.

Compeer also sponsors group events throughout the year where all friends and volunteers can all come together (picnics, bowling, etc.). Learn more by visiting www.compeerchesco.org or calling 610-436-4445.

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About COMPEER Chester County

Location:

825 Paoli Pike, 3rd floor, West Chester, PA 19380, US

Mission Statement

To connect adults who have mental health disorders with caring, trained volunteers, thereby maximizing community participation and helping people recognize their full potential.

Description

We match volunteers in friendships with men and women living with mental health conditions who can benefit from socializing and getting out in the community. Compeer Chester County is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-based program that matches caring adults with men and women who daily deal with mental health challenges. Each volunteer befriends one person of the same gender.

Sharing activities and conversation with a supportive friend has been shown to help a person with a mental health diagnosis feel more positive and hopeful -- and less isolated. Friendships build confidence and boost self-esteem, both vital for someone on their road toward recovery.

The word "compeer" means peer, equal, companion. Matched "compeers" decide together what activities to participate in during their time together each month.

Compeer is a program of Mental Health Partnerships, supported by the Chester County Department of Mental Health/Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (MH/IDD) and private donations.

Compeer's vision is that way people view persons with mental illness will be changed; persons in mental health recovery will feel more included in their communities, and their lives will be transformed by connecting them with one real friend.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

825 Paoli Pike(locations in and around Phoenixville)West Chester, PA 19380

(39.96733,-75.59075)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Mental Health
  • Community Outreach
  • Outdoor Recreation

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • 4 hours per month

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