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.
BY SOB CREATIVE FOR A GOOD CAUSE
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.