CompeerCORPS Veterans Program
Many of our Veterans deal daily with severe stresses that stem from trauma experienced during deployment. Guided by the proof that supportive friendship can be enriching and healing, our CompeerCORPS Veterans Program, in collaboration with the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center and Monroe County Veterans Services Agency, provides supportive friendships and networks for Veterans in our community working to reintegrate into civilian life after military service. Volunteers and their Veteran matches spend at least four hours monthly together out in the community, taking in our region’s rich, diverse cultural, recreational, and educational offerings and opportunities: parks, museums, restaurants, theater, sports, and much more.
Veterans learn about CompeerCORPS through our partnerships with the Veterans Outreach Center, the Monroe County Veterans Services Agency, and other organizations. Our goal is that the volunteer-Veteran match be a source of wellness for both!
Our volunteers are carefully screened, trained, and matched, taking into account interests, type of military service, etc. Some matches are quite alike, while others are matched across generations and demographics (but have the common bond of military experience). These matches are supported every step of the way by Compeer staff.
We organize regular gatherings and events for the matches and in myriad other ways provide assistance and encouragement; we also offer get-together opportunities such as coffee hours, picnics, and other outings and activities for those Veterans awaiting a one-to-one match.
If you’re seeking to volunteer, be matched with a volunteer, or have other questions, connect with our CompeerCORPS Staff:
Mike Buckpitt, Program Manager, at 585-753-6862 or
Eric Baetzhold, Intake & Engagement Specialist, at 585-546-8280 ext. 207 or
Tracy LoTemple, Women Veteran Intake and Engagement Specialist, at 585-546-8280 ext. 230 or