You Make a Difference. Compeer Makes It Easy.

Many thanks to our good friends at Step Out Buffalo, for their recent article on Compeer and what we do. Please take a read on the article below, and fill out our volunteer interest form and online application here on our website, if you would like to sign up with us to make a difference in the lives of others.

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AT COMPEER, THE VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES ARE ENDLESS.

Compeer is an organization headquartered right here in Buffalo, NY that is making #friendshipgoals happen every. single. day.

These guys are on a mission to match volunteers and mentors in one-to-one supportive friendship relationships with children, adults, military vets, and seniors who are striving for good mental health.

Why? Because the healing power of friendship helps to change lives. That’s why chatting with your mom or grandpa or best friend can make you feel like you can take on the world, even when you’re having the toughest of days.

Here’s the thing – Compeer needs volunteers to do what they do, and a lot of ‘em! That’s where you come in. Do you like making new friends? Do you enjoy hanging out with people one-on-one, face-to-face, you know…. IRL? Maybe you’re a good listener, love sharing the ups and downs of your day with someone, or enjoy being in the company of others. If so, Compeer needs you.

What to Expect as a Volunteer

Compeer recruits, screens, and matches trained volunteer friends and mentors – anyone can sign up to volunteer and get trained! Compeer is always looking for Western New Yorkers to get on board, become positive role models, help raise self-esteem, increase social and communication skills, and encourage independence for their Compeer friends.

Compeer provides a fun, flexible volunteer opportunity that fits into pretty much anyone’s lifestyle, as they only ask for a minimum of one hour per week of your time. What you do with your Compeer friend is up to you two. Our personal favorite ideas include trying new coffee shops, window shopping, bowling, and Escape Rooms. Or, now that the weather has taken a turn for the awesome, maybe a nice walk in the park!

Volunteers will learn all about the best practices of being a good friend during training. And the best part is, the one hour a week you spend volunteering can really make a difference in someone’s life.

Join Compeer on their quest to bring people together in the name of good mental health by volunteering yourself! To learn more about how you can get involved go to compeerbuffalo.org, tell ‘em we set ya. 😉

https://stepoutbuffalo.com/you-make-a-difference-compeer-makes-it-easy/

Compeer Receives Mental Health Honor

Compeer of Greater Buffalo, dedicated to recovery through the healing power of friendship, received a Spotlight on Population Health (SOPHi) Award from P2 Collaborative of Western New York.

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In the category of promoting mental health, Compeer and its partner organizations, the Mental Health Association of Erie County, Jewish Family Service and Erie Community College, were honored for advocacy and education through the Mental Health First Aid program.

“The Mental Health First Aid program is truly a collaborative effort,” Compeer Executive Director Timothy Boling said. “Since we began delivering the program in April 2014, we have offered 87 trainings for 1,383 Mental Health First Aiders.”

Mental Health First Aid training teaches participants how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training provides the skills needed to provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis. Mental Health First Aid is an international evidence-based program: In the United States, more than 700,000 people have been trained in by a dedicated base of more than 10,000 instructors across the country.

To learn more about Mental Health First Aid Training, call Karl Shallowhorn at 465-6508 or email karlmhacompeer@gmail.com.

 

Buffalo Healthy Living Magazine features “Thank You For Your Service” film screening

How Compeer’s Vet-2-Vet Program is making a difference written by Annette Pinder

On Wednesday, November 16th at 7:30pm, Compeer of Greater Buffalo (Compeer) will be hosting a special screening of the award winning film documentary “Thank You For Your Service”, starring Amy Schumer, at AMC Maple Ridge 8 Theatres in Amherst, NY. The film examines how Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects American servicemen and women returning home from war.

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Get your tickets today to attend this important film screening on military mental health
Get your tickets today to attend this important film screening on military mental health

 

Compeer Awarded $25,000 Grant from Community Foundation

Compeer and Say Yes to Identify High School Seniors for Unique Mentoring Opportunity

(Buffalo, NY) – Compeer of Greater Buffalo, the only organization in Western New York dedicated to recovery through the healing power of friendship, announced today that the organization, through a collaboration with Say Yes Buffalo, received a $25,000 grant from The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to conduct a unique mentoring program with low in come high school seniors currently enrolled in a City of Buffalo public or charter school.

“Our team will utilize these grant funds to match 50 students with volunteer, working professionals, mentors,” stated Timothy Boling, Executive Director, Compeer Inc. “Many of these identified students could be the first members of their families to attend college and now, because of the generous support of the Community Foundation, we will now be able to ensure they are equipped with the tools to apply for colleges, apply for financial aid, select a college to attend and prepare for the transition from high school to college.”

A key component to the program will be recruiting working professionals to become volunteer mentors to the students. Compeer and Say Yes will recruit, properly vet, train and orient volunteers. Based on the backgrounds, life experiences, interests and desires of both the scholars and volunteers, matches will then take place. Once matched, the students and volunteers will continue to receive support, resources, and guidance from Compeer and Say Yes staff. Both mentors and mentees will be required to make a minimum of an 18-month time commitment.

To learn more please visit http://sayyesbuffalo.org/supports/scholar-mentoring-program/ or contact Dan Colpoys, Assistant Executive Director at daniel@compeerbuffalo.org or call 716-883-3331 ext. 308.

COMPEER NAMES TIM BOLING NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Former CEO of Cradle Beach to lead organization into new chapter

(Buffalo, NY) – Compeer of Greater Buffalo, the only organization in Western New York dedicated to recovery through the healing power of friendship, announced today the hiring of Timothy M. Boling, CFRE as its new Executive Director. Mr. Boling will succeed long time founder and current executive director, Michele Brown who retires at the end of this year.

“Mr. Boling brings a wealth of leadership and development experience to the organization as well as a solid track record in taking non profit organizations to the next level of development,” stated Michael P. McMahon, Senior Vice President with Key Bank and Chairman of the Compeer Board. “Finding someone to take the reigns from Michele was no easy task and after an extensive national search we are so pleased to welcome Tim to the Compeer Family.”

One of the major initiatives that Boling will see through is the merger of Compeer of Greater Buffalo with Compeer Inc., encompassing more than 50 chapters worldwide. This merger brings the Compeer Buffalo Chapter full circle as when it was founded in 1985 by Brown, it was originally under the auspices of Compeer Inc.

“It is truly exciting and an honor to be joining the Compeer family. The Board’s confidence in my leadership is humbling. I look forward to introducing the many business and philanthropic friends that I have made in the community to the transformative work that Compeer is doing in our community.”

Boling officially joins the organization effective October 3, 2016 and will work closely with Brown on a transition plan.

BIOGRAPHY OF TIMOTHY M. BOLING, CFRE:

A proud resident of Buffalo, NY, Timothy most recently served as CEO of Cradle Beach, Inc. where he lead full-time staff of 42 and seasonal staff of 110 plus. In his role, he provided oversight for four programs that served 1,200 children annually with staff, lead 600 volunteers annually and increased the organization budget from $800k to $2.4 million in nine years and staffing from 9 to 42.

Boling also has an entrepreneurial side as the Founder and current President of Christiangrants.com. The business offers an online grant directory and other grant resources for nearly 2,000 churches/ministries across the country.

Prior to his time with Cradle Beach, Boling was Executive Director of Computers For Children, Cradle Beach Camp and also served as Director of Development for Meadowbrook Christian School in Milton, Pennsylvania and for the Buffalo Christian Center.

Boling earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, with a Minor in Marketing from State University College at Buffalo, is a 2016 Graduate of Harvard Business Institute for Non-Profit Excellence and a 2015 Graduate of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) through UB. Active in his community, Boling serves a number of different organizations including as a Board Member at Parent Network and West Side Community Services.

Peer-to-peer programs are vital in the fight to help veterans

Written by Michele Brown, Executive Director of Compeer of Greater Buffalo

For most of the past 15 years, military conflict has been a reality for our country’s service men and women. Day in and day out, we have seen news coverage and read scores of reports about the fighting in war-torn parts of the world where America’s military has bravely served the cause of freedom.

Now, a generation of veterans are bringing the hardships of war home and continuing to fight an all-too-often silent battle, with far too many brave heroes becoming casualties of war far from the battlefield.

A recent front-page story in the New York Times described a Marine Corps battalion devastated by suicide. The article stated that, of the 1,200 Marines deployed in Afghanistan with the Second Battalion, Seventh Marine Regiment in 2008, at least 13 have since taken their own lives. That haunting statistic is nearly 14 times the suicide rate for all Americans.

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Clint Malarchuk to Headline Compeer 30th Anniversary Gala

Hockey legend will share inspirational story at November 7 event

BUFFALO, NY – One of Western New York’s most beloved hockey heroes will come back to the area to support one of the region’s most important resources to improve the lives of children and adults who are striving for good mental health.

Compeer of Greater Buffalo announced today that former Buffalo Sabres goaltender Clint Malarchuk will be the guest of honor at the organization’s 30th anniversary gala, Le Masquerade Compeer, on Saturday, November 7. Malarchuk will receive the Spirit of Compeer Award in recognition of his work and advocacy on behalf of mental health and eliminating the stigma for those who are faced with mental health issues.

“Far away from his heroics on the ice, Clint Malarchuk has become a role model for those who, day in and day out, battle an opponent nobody can see,” said Michele Brown, executive director, Compeer of Greater Buffalo. “His story is an inspiration and we hope that his voice will open peoples’ eyes and minds to what they can do to help those who are struggling right here in Western New York.”

When his playing days ended soon after a gruesome on-ice injury nearly took his life in 1989, Malarchuk’s struggles with depression and other serious mental health issues became magnified. He documented his fight, including a 2008 suicide attempt, in a 2014 autobiography “A Matter of Inches” (released in Canada as “The Crazy Game”). Today, he is a popular motivational speaker and a strong advocate for mental health awareness and support.

Le Masquerade Compeer will be held on Saturday, November 7 at the Hyatt Regency Buffalo starting at 6 p.m. Ticket and sponsorship information is available by calling (716) 883-3331, or online at www.compeerbuffalo.org.

Established in 1985, Compeer of Greater Buffalo works with people of every age throughout Western New York who face their own struggles. This year, Compeer will assist more than 500 individuals across the region, through the help of hundreds of volunteer mentors, who donate more than 20,000 hours annually to simply spend time being someone’s friend. With their help, Compeer uses the healing power of friendship to change lives for the better.

First Niagara Grants $175K for Mentoring Programs

An Article from Buffalo Business First

Nine nonprofit organizations in Western New York are in line to share a combined $175,000 in grant funding as part of First Niagara Financial Group Inc.’s annual youth mentoring program.

The recipients — which are the same nine groups that received First Niagara awards in 2014 — include: Boys & Girls Clubs of the Northtowns of WNY; Compeer of Greater Buffalo Inc.; Buffalo Prep Inc.; Junior Achievement of Western New York; Seneca Street Community Development Corp.; Youth Mentoring Services of Niagara County Inc.; Hillside Work – Scholarship Connection Inc.; Boys & Girls Clubs of BuffaloInc. and Be a Friend Program Inc.

The funding flows through the charitable arm of First Niagara (NASDAQ: FNFG), First Niagara Foundation, whose Mentoring Matters program has given more than $7.25 million in financial support to mentoring programs across its four-state footprint. The program started in 2007.