What is Compeer?
"Compeer" means a companion who is also a peer or equal. Loneliness, failure, fear and loss of self-esteem are universal experiences of those who suffer from mental illnesses. A caring friend can help to restore some joy and hope to a life that is often empty of both. Compeer provides a fun flexible volunteer opportunity that fits into your current lifestyle. You can choose to spend time with someone your own age, or older, or younger than yourself. As a volunteer, you will meet with your friend on a regular basis at mutually convenient times to share activities you enjoy such as movies, sports, shopping or coffee and a chat or many of the free activities sponsored by the Compeer Program. Through the gift of your friendship, you will gain a sense of satisfaction and personal growth and have the opportunity to help another.
As a Compeer volunteer you would join thousands of other volunteers who come from all walks of life, all races, all religions, and from both urban neighborhoods and rural communities. Training, ongoing education and support is provided by the Compeer staff.