Buffalo, NY 14217
One in five people will experience a mental health challenge at some point in their life. And for many, life circumstances will leave them socially isolated and lonely. Compeer group social activities are a way to engage our participants in social settings, giving them an opportunity to practice social skills, find comfort around others, and increase their self-esteem. So whether you like paint nights, holiday parties, or fitness activities, there’s a spot for you to help bring some joy and stress relief to our participants. Our group activity volunteers assist with set up, activity facilitation, and clean up. Activities typically last 90 minutes, with additional time for set up and clean up. Volunteers can assist for one activity or be part of the on-going volunteer team. At this time we are doing a combination of virtual activities (on Wednesday evenings) and outdoor activities (activity days/time vary but are often on weeknight evenings). Outdoor activities are typically held at a park, but other locations are included. Assignments will be located throughout Erie County, NY. While our activities continue to evolve and adjust in relation to the pandemic, we are looking for folks who can assist with in person activities as well as folks who can log on to enjoy our virtual experiences. Volunteers must be 18 years of age and complete a screening process including a phone interview, reference checks and a background check, which includes fingerprinting. To learn more about our social activity program and how volunteers help, schedule a call with Director of Volunteer Engagement here: https://calendly.com/compeerlisa/volunteer-interest If you'd like to apply, you may do so here: https://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/5995423/Volunteer-Application
Date Posted: Aug 10, 2021
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. 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 child (age 6-17), adult (age 18-59) or older adult (age 60+). A Compeer friend helps them socially, by being a positive role model, helping raise self-esteem, increasing social and communication skills, and encouraging independence. At this time, visits with your friend are held through phone, virtual, and when appropriate in person. Each match has vary circumstances and comfort level with spending time in person due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. We are beginning to transition back to in person interviews & orientation sessions as appropriate. You will discuss your comfort level with in person interactions during the screening process. 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 get started, or learn more, schedule a 15-minute inquiry call with the Director of Volunteer Engagement. You may schedule here: https://calendly.com/compeerlisa/volunteer-interest.
Date Posted: Jul 20, 2021