- Strength-based approach to supporting mental wellness through collaborating with mental health care providers, family caregivers and natural community supports.
- Structured one-to-one mentoring models include screening, training, matching, and monitoring of volunteers.
- Model has proven successful in achieving significant positive outcomes grounded in an internationally recognized best practices model and is founded on national research.
- Combination of these services provides the best possibility of match success and sustainability.
We believe that the healing power of friendship – of just one caring friend – is life changing for an individual striving for mental wellness. With your help, Compeer provides good mental health through meaningful relationships. Our volunteer mentors work with children, adults, seniors, and veterans to build a strong, caring community in Buffalo and Western New York. In addition, we offer Mental Health First Aid, which trains you to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.
- The only program of its kind focused on mental health, our one-on-one volunteers are matched with youth, adults, older adults, and veterans for a one-year commitment.
- Offered to matched friends and clients waiting to be matched, free group activities provide opportunities to get to know one another, reduce isolation, and improve socialization.
School Based Mentoring
- Serving middle & high school students with mental health challenges, who present risky or negative behaviors which contribute to academic failure and classroom disruption. Students meet weekly in small-group and one-on-one settings.
Mental Health Education
- Teaching the community how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. This training provides the skills needed to reach out, offer help, and support someone who may be experiencing a crisis.
Learn more about the volunteer roles available.
Source: Compeer Annual Survey
I enjoy that volunteering through Compeer doesn’t even feel like I am volunteering. I enjoy spending time with my friend and feel the experience is equally rewarding for both of us.