“I’ve been through a lot. I was lucky that I had a great support system to get me through my hardest times. Now I am able to get out of bed in the morning. I want to show others they can get through anything too.” Beth, age 47
Backed by evidence that supportive friendship can make a big difference, Compeer Rochester’s Adult Program pairs community volunteers with adults living with mental health challenges. These volunteers and adults spend four hours a month together out in the Greater Rochester community, taking in our region’s rich, diverse cultural, recreational, and educational offerings and opportunities such as museums, parks, music and art, cafes and restaurants, sports venues, and much more!
Participating adults are referred to Compeer by mental health professionals who know that the friendship and mentoring we provide can be profoundly therapeutic against the isolation, anxiety and other painful elements of mental illness. Our goal is that the volunteer/adult match be a source of wellness for both, that the volunteer and adult both give and receive!
Our special volunteers are thoroughly screened and trained for their important work and matched according to their preferences; and the matches are supported every step of the way by Compeer Rochester staff. We organize regular gatherings and events for the matches such as Coffee Clubs, Bingo games, park outings, healthy meals in community with other matches, and in myriad other ways provide assistance and encouragement.
Our Adult Program also offers Compeer Calling, through which volunteers make regular calls to adults awaiting one to one matches.
Looking to volunteer in Rochester NY? Be a friend, make a difference! Adults who can benefit from our supportive friendship model are awaiting matches in our community. Volunteer with us and enrich two lives!
If you’re seeking to volunteer, be matched with a volunteer, or have other questions, connect with our Adult Program Coordinators:
Suzanne Sovocool: firstname.lastname@example.org or at 585-546-8280 extension 220
Kimberly Grillo: Kgrillo@compeerrochester.org or at 585-546-8280 extension 205
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