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Mission Statement

Compeer friendship is as simple as going for a walk, having a conversation, going to a movie or picking up the phone. Through Compeer, a volunteer can help change someone's life for the better and it's just as simple as being a friend.

A Compeer volunteer is a man or woman who shares a friendship with someone socially isolated by mental illness and economically disadvantaged. He or she is a sensitive person who understands and accepts someone who may feel misunderstood or rejected. Compeers spend at least four hours a month together, seeking to have weekly contact wherever possible.

Compeer matches are based on mutual preferences, and volunteers receive comprehensive training. Click on "Matching Process" below for a complete overview.

Compeer serves Delaware Counties and Montgomery.

Description

COMPEER VOLUNTEER JOB DESCRIPTION:
Importance of Position to a mentally Ill Person: Befriending a person managing a mental illness, and offering regularly scheduled, supportive companionship is vital for these consumers; you help them to enjoy a more productive life, prevent costly rehospitalizations, and promote their recovery. Your time is very valuable to consumers of mental health services.

Qualifications:

Positive motivation to be of help to another person
Good listening skills
Reliable - keeps commitments
Sensitive to needs and characteristics of mentally ill people
Responsible to: Compeer Program Director

Responsibilities:

Complete one Compeer Orientation session
Establish & maintain friendship with matched friend of the same gender
Submit required monthly reports to Compeer Office

Training Provided:
Orientation to persons with mental illness, types of disorders and treatments, communication skills (listening, empathy, etc.,), limit setting and expectations.

Benefits of Volunteering:
Make a new friend while being of service
Make a real difference in the life of a mentally ill person
Opportunity to achieve personal goals


Time Commitment:
Four (4) hours per month, at least weekly contact with friend, in person or by phone

Length of Commitment:
A minimum of one year

Grounds for Termination: Failure to carry out assigned responsibilities or work within the program guidelines.

Volunteer Application can be completed at
http://www.compeerfriends.org/VolunteerApplication08.pdf

Contact Person:
Program Assistant
Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia
610.541.0790
http://www.compeerfriends.org/

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