Who are Compeer Volunteers?
Compeer volunteers are individuals of all ages, walks of life, races and religions who enjoy companionship and helping people. Many of them have had experiences of loneliness and difficult times in their own lives, which enables them to bring a special understanding to the Compeer relationship. They are screened, trained and matched by Compeer and the referring therapists. The volunteers must also submit references to help assure reliability and consistency.
What Do Volunteers and Friends Do Together?
They agree to get together for four hours a month, for at least one year, to participate in activities they both enjoy doing. Possibilities include:
|Shopping||Museums||Sporting Events||Playing Cards|
|Visiting each other’s home||Movies||Walking||Talking on the telephone|
It is a low cost program for volunteers and friends because of the many free tickets available to those matched. In addition, group activities provided by Compeer may be:
|Bowling||Potlucks||Health and Exercise Classes||Cooking Classes|
|Sporting Events||Workshops||Movie Nights||Wellness Programs|
In addition to having fun together, the volunteer may be able to advocate on behalf of their friend concerning housing, disabilities, etc. The volunteer is not a therapist, but a friend who becomes a helpful part of the mental health team.
How Do I Become a Match Volunteer?
An adult (older than 17 years of age) in Licking County who is interested in making a new friend may contact our office to apply as a volunteer. Volunteers must submit an application with a background check, and commit to serve at least 4 hours a month. Compeer volunteers become positive role models and mentors. They help raise self-esteem, increase social and communication skills and encourage independence of their Compeer friend aiding them in their recovery. You’ll have the opportunity to change the life of someone special, as well as your own!
What if I am unable to make a long-term commitment to a match?
There are many opportunities available to work with the compeer Program, during office hours, on weekends and evenings. We are always looking for volunteers to volunteer for one day or short-term projects, share special skills, or assist in our office.
The rewards are many when you volunteer for COMPEER. There are opportunities for personal growth and satisfaction through helping others. You will also combat the bias and discrimination associated with mental illness. Being a COMPEER volunteer is fun and fits into your current lifestyle.
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