Volunteer at Compeer. It Changes You. What does it take to make the world a better place? You-- and only a few hours of time.
It’s so easy. Compeer pairs you with someone who is looking for a friend and mentor; someone to hang out with and do things together that you already do for fun. Compeer Gulf Coast is backed by a national friends and mentor program that believes volunteers just like you can make all the difference in the lives of people in the local area living with mental illness.
Typically, you spend about 4 hours per month together in the community. It is you doing the things you regularly enjoy, and sharing that with someone who truly appreciates your time and company. It adds to their lives and, most certainly, it will add to yours. Everybody wins.
Compeer has been providing mentoring relationships to youth with emotional challenges since 1978. The Compeer Youth Program matches screened, trained, monitored and caring community volunteers who mentor a youth in a one-to-one relationship for one year, meeting weekly to share interests, attend events, and provide positive, consistent support.
The most important role of Compeer Youth Program volunteer is to be a mentor, not a therapist, chauffeur or entertainment director. A mentor is a caring adult who is willing to be a nonjudgmental listener to a youth in need of attention.
Love fishing or playing “Go Fish”? Reading or building bookshelves? Gardening, shooting hoops, or knitting? There’s a Compeer youth who’s waiting to learn from someone. This someone could be you, already ready to change a young life by simply being a Compeer volunteer mentor.
Other opportunities available at select locations include Lunch Buddies, a one-to-one mentoring program in which volunteers meet with youth matches at school during lunchtime, or Pen Pals and E-Buddies for youth.
These two offerings similarly provide mentor support via regular written communication.
Contact us to find out about Compeer Youth programs in your community.
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