At Compeer, the volunteering opportunities are endless.

Compeer of Greater Buffalo serves children, adults, seniors, and veterans and their families. We serve those between the age of 3 and continuing throughout the lifespan. Using the healing power of friendship to change lives has been our main goal since we started in 1985. Consider spending an hour a week with a Compeer kid, adult, veteran or senior and you will make a friend for life. There are many different ways to become a part of the Compeer family! To learn more about each of our programs, click on the pictures below.

Become a Volunteer

Complete our on-line application. Once you apply, a Compeer Program Coordinator will contact you to schedule an interview and discuss volunteer opportunities. Our volunteers come from all walks of life, all races, all religions, across western New York. Learn More

Call for Volunteer Stories

WE NEED YOUR HELP!  We want to highlight and celebrate the stories of our volunteer family of friends! We wouldn’t be here without all of you. Help us showcase the beauty of being a Compeer volunteer. No matter how short or long (you have up to 5000 words), we need your stories!  We have listed Learn More

Mentor a Youth

All kids need heroes and our kids need superheroes. Compeer mentors bring sunshine and hope into the lives of children and youth, aged 3 to 17, who are in need of a positive adult role model, a trusted friend. Learn More

Be a Caring Friend

Compeer matches volunteers with adults between the ages of 18 and 59 in the Adult Program. Currently, we have over 100 people matched with Compeer volunteers, but there are still many more waiting for a friend in Erie County. They might even live in your neighborhood. Learn More

Befriend a Senior

Become a caring friend to a senior! Compeer volunteers demonstrate that friendly encouragement and caring support can truly enrich a lonely life. Many Compeer seniors are often lacking the supportive friendships that so many of us take for granted and are struggling with loneliness and isolation. All Compeer seniors are aged 60 plus. Learn More

CompeerCORPS

Coming home can be hard, for both service members and their families. Learning to live with post-traumatic stress, a TBI, or a physical disability takes work – by both those who have been injured and the loved ones who take care of them. Learn More

Operation Family Caregiver

The strength of our military is legendary, but at the heart of our military is a strong family structure. Operation Family Caregiver helps create strong and healthy families by supporting the unsung heroes behind our heroes; the loving families and friends that care for them when they come home. Learn More

Say Yes Buffalo Mentoring

The Say Yes Scholar Mentoring Program creates and supports mentoring relationships between working professionals and Say Yes Scholars that assist with the transition from high school to-and-through postsecondary education by addressing areas of need, inspiring exposure to new experiences, and pushing students to maximize their full potential. Learn More