The Compeer program at the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas utilizes the power of volunteer mentors to improve the lives of Wichita area children and adults who are striving for mental wellness.
Compeer volunteers have an impact on the lives of those they mentor by providing caring, supportive relationships, being positive role models, and helping their mentee gain confidence and a feeling of connection to their community. Individuals referred to Compeer are often lonely or isolated and struggle with peer-to-peer relationships, social skills, academics, feeling accepted, or trusting others. Compeer offers mentorship opportunities that are community-based one-to-one friendships and school-based friendships with children ages 6 to 17, community-based one-to-one friendships with adults, and veteran-to-veteran relationships. Will you join us in making a difference in the lives of those whose lives have been impacted by mental illness? Volunteer with Compeer today; give only one hour per week to make a friend and change a life!
Would you recommend Compeer at the Mental Health Association of South Central Kansas?
Walking up to the front door of my Match's house the day we met, I felt a heavy responsibility to ensure that I would do everything in my power to always be encouraging, motivating, a listening ear, and a friend to my match. While I always try my best to be all of these things, in return I found a voice of encouragement, a motivator, a listening ear, and a friend - all coming from a 10 year old! The cake baking, kite flying, puppy playing, and museum-going are all just fun added bonuses to this experience. My Match never ceases to amaze me and open my eyes to new perspectives each and every weekend we have a chance to spend time together. This was an unexpected experience, but a blessing nonetheless.
My 7yr. granddaughter was in this program due to her emotional diagnoses. When the Compeer worker really puts their heart and soul into this wonderful program, they do so much good for the children. When the volunteer does decide to do this program, they need to keep in mind that they need to fulfill their commitment they signed up for. Any time a child is looking forward to seeing their compeer person and don't, it really has a negative effect on them. I do wish more people would volunteer for this program however.