Compeer of the Gulf Coast
- Children & Youth
- Health & Medicine
- Veterans & Military Families
Location1058 N Tamaimi TrailSuite 108-122Sarasota, FL 34236 United States
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.
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, 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.