At Compeer, the volunteering opportunities are endless.

Compeer provides a non-clinical layer of support to youth, adults, older adults and veterans living with a mental health challenge. A variety of volunteer opportunities are available for individuals as well as groups. To learn more or discuss an opportunity that interests you, contact Lisa Johnson, Director of Volunteer Engagement at lisa@compeerbuffalo.org or 716-883-3331.


One-to-One Friendships

Best for: Individual volunteers Clients served: Adults, Children, Older Adults, Veterans

One-to-One Friendship volunteers assist a client living with a mental health diagnosis who are striving for good mental health by spending approximately 4 hours of time together in person per month. Volunteers are positive role models who help raise self-esteem, increase social and communication skills, build trust, increase a sense of belonging, and encourage independence for their Compeer friend. After completing the application process, volunteers are presented information about potential matches based upon your areas of interest and needs of our clients.

*In order to meet guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, visits are currently taking place virtually with limited in person interactions outdoors only. More detailed instructions are provided to volunteers filling this role. 

Apply below by selecting the population you would like to be matched with:


Phone Buddies

Best for: Individual volunteers Clients served: Adults, Older Adults Phone Buddy volunteers provide weekly support over the phone to an adult or older adult client who is waiting for a One-to-One Friendship volunteer. Volunteers are positive role models who help raise self-esteem, increase communication skills, build trust, increase a sense of belonging, and encourage independence for their Compeer friend. After completing the application process, volunteers are presented information about potential phone buddy matches based upon your areas of interest and needs of our clients.

Apply below by selecting the population you would like to be matched with:


Social Activity Volunteers

Best for: Individual or Group volunteers

Clients served: Adults, Children, Older Adults, Veterans

Social Activities are offered to both matched friends, and clients waiting to be matched. These free group activities provide opportunities to get to know one another, reduce isolation, and improve socialization. Activities range from pumpkin painting to holiday parties, and anything in between. Opportunities are limitless and can reflect your interests! Activity volunteers support group Social Activity events, by hosting and implementing activities held at the Hennepin Community Center in Buffalo’s Lovejoy Neighborhood. After completing the application process volunteers work in partnership with Compeer program staff to identify opportunities for one-time or ongoing Group Mentoring Activities.

*At this time, most social activities are taking place virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are accepting volunteers, assignments will be limited until we return to in person activities. 

Apply now:


Fundraising Event Volunteers

Best for: Individual or Group volunteers Clients served: No clients are directly served Fundraising provides a critical level of support, providing financial resources to further support our clients and volunteers. Two events are hosted each year: the Superhero 5k Walk & Run for Children’s Mental Health (June) and our signature cocktail party The Carnival (September). Volunteers are needed for a myriad of tasks such as set-up, registration, route guides, game hosts, clean-up, etc. No long term commitment needed for this volunteer role. Apply now: