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Compeer Sarasota @First Step of Sarasota

Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Health & Medicine
  • Seniors
  • Women

Location

1750 17th St.Bldg. GSarasota, FL 34234 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our Mission: To improve the lives of those living with mental illness so that the day comes when all communities embrace individuals and their families living with mental health challenges.

Description

Compeer's mission is to match volunteers with children and adults 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. This will be the most rewarding volunteer experience you will ever have, and you will have FUN doing it!

Our volunteers become friends, mentors and role models, help raise self-esteem, increase social and communication skills and encourage independence for their Compeer friends by providing the gift of caring and compassion along with a listening ear. We ask that you spend four hours a month with your Compeer friend in a one-to-one relationship doing things like taking a walk, going for coffee, seeing a movie, playing games, eating out, visiting museums, anything that you would normally do with a friend.

During this time of COVID, many peoples' lives have been changed. Many people are feeling more isolated and alone. Compeer has ways to ease that isolation through virtual platforms while protecting the health and safety of all. Even if you are not physically present, you can still make a difference in someone's life.

Training by our Compeer Coordinator is provided to all volunteers.

Reviews

Would you recommend Compeer Sarasota @First Step of Sarasota?
2 reviews Write a review
by Edward C. (June 4, 2014)
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.
by Rosemarie "Boots" B. (June 4, 2014)
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. Boots

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