Our Mission: To improve the lives of those living with mental illness.
Compeer's mission is to match volunteers with people receiving mental health services in a supportive friendship. You do not need any kind of degree or experience with mental health - we are simply looking for people willing to become a friend!
Our volunteers become friends and role models, help raise self-esteem, increase social and communication skills and encourage independence for their Compeer friends.
Training by our Compeer Coordinator is provided to all volunteers.
Are you a student or part-time resident of Sarasota? There are a number of flexible opportunities to be a Compeer volunteer!Still contact us if you are interested!
Would you recommend Compeer Sarasota @First Step of Sarasota?
Compeer is a great organization that matches those in need of companionship/mentoring or just an understanding ear, with those that are willing to give the time. For me and my match, this has been a fulfilling experience. Our regular get-together has been as simple as a phone call or as extensive as a canoe trip down a river. There are many other communities that could benefit from a Compeer Program.
The program is essential for people going through mental health issues/trauma as they can feel very isolated. It is even more helpful to them if you have gone through a similar situation yourself. There is a greater and deeper connection when they know you've walked in their shoes. It also provides you with greater sensitivity and understanding as well as tolerance when they have a bad day. I'm so glad this program exists as it is sort of the cherry on top of the sundae with the rest of the help and support your match is receiving. I'm looking forward to it expanding and becoming another important step toward recovery for the people involved.