Buffalo, NY 14217
We believe that mental wellness starts with friendship. Think about it. How often do you call upon your friends to get a bite to eat, cup of coffee, or to connect on the phone? Maybe you go see a movie, watch a game, take a walk, or text to feel connected and supported. Whether celebrating or working through a stressful situation, your friend makes a meaningful difference to your life. You can be that friend for someone experiencing a mental health challenge. In the Compeer program, our participants come to us because they are looking for social connections. Living with a mental illness, like depression or anxiety, has impacted their ability to maintain a meaningful non-familial relationship and in many cases has led to feelings of isolation and loneliness. Compeer friends are matched in a 1-to-1 friendship with a youth (age 6-21), adult (age 22-59) or older adult (age 60+). We also create friendships between military veterans and postpartum moms. A Compeer friend helps them socially, by being a positive role model, helping raise self-esteem, increasing social and communication skills, and encouraging independence. Visits occur virtually, in person, or over the phone. Your comfort level with visit type will be discussed during your screening. Compeer volunteers are expected to maintain a routine with their friend, communicating and visiting each week. Compeer volunteers must be a minimum age of 18. Through the application and screening process you will complete a series of background checks, and interview, reference checks, and an orientation. Ideally, volunteers will commit 1-year of service to this program, though we know this is not always possible. If you are not sure you have 1-year to commit, but are interested, please give us a call and we will identify a role that would be the best fit for your circumstances. Compeer of Greater Buffalo serves all of Erie County, NY. A large majority of our clients live in the City of Buffalo. We utilize a number of factors to match a volunteer with a client, including location, but ask that you be flexible with your preferences as it is more likely that the person you are matched with will live in a zip code different than your own. To learn more, schedule a 15-minute inquiry call with the Director of Volunteer Engagement. You may schedule here: https://calendly.com/compeerlisa/volunteer-interest. If you know you'd like to apply, the application is available here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5995423/Volunteer-Application
Date Posted: Oct 17, 2022
Buffalo, NY 14217
Serving as a van driver or van driver assistant for the Compeer of Greater Buffalo program, you will transport individuals of all ages living with mental illness to a Compeer sponsored activity, using a Compeer owned van. Van Drivers will collaborate with a Van Driver Assistant to pick up participants from their home, bring them to the activity site (most often the Compeer office), and transport participants back to their home at the conclusion of the activity. Volunteers will communicate with a member of the Compeer staff to fulfill shifts & coordinate efficient pick-up and drop-off routes. Most shifts will take place on week nights or Saturdays. This is a brand new role and volunteers will assist in building out this experience. We are currently recruiting and screening volunteers. We anticipate to begin shifts in April 2022. Key Responsibilities: Positive interactions with all passengers, including greeting and engaging in conversation throughout each shift. Punctual and dependable in reporting to the Compeer office at agreed upon time; completing the assigned route; and ability to complete beginning & end of shift procedures. In collaboration with Van Driver Assistant, call passengers on assigned shift route prior to departing the Compeer office to confirm their ride and introduce yourself. Drive Compeer clients and approved family members only to intake session or activity and back; no driving to locations outside the assigned locations. Complete driver log for each assigned shift which includes: Report any health, safety, or well-being concerns of your passengers Report any transportation or maintenance concerns Report name of passenger(s) picked up during your shift When possible, a Van Driver Assistant will be assigned to each shift to assist with client interactions, troubleshooting, and communication with the office. Van Drivers and Van Driver Assistants are not permitted to lift any passengers. Passengers must be able to independently get in and out of the Compeer van. Eligibility Requirements: Licensed driver with minimum 5 years of driving experience Driving record in good standing No health conditions that may impair ability to drive safely Ability to demonstrate empathy and effective communication skills General knowledge of Erie County, including navigating various roads throughout the region Basic understanding of mental illness For more information, reply to this post and we will schedule a phone call to review additional details.
Date Posted: Nov 15, 2022