Volunteers needed, Compeer

Posted by on April 6, 2009

Compeer is looking for anyone who can volunteer and help someone recover from a Mental Illness by Providing Friendship.

Compeer friendship is as simple as going for a walk, having a conversation, going to a movie or picking up the phone. Through Compeer, a volunteer can help change someone’s life for the better and it’s just as simple as being a friend.

A Compeer volunteer is a man or woman who shares a friendship with someone socially isolated by mental illness and economically disadvantaged. He or she is a sensitive person who understands and accepts someone who may feel misunderstood or rejected. Compeers spend at least four hours a month together, seeking to have weekly contact wherever possible.

Compeer matches are based on mutual preferences, and volunteers receive comprehensive training.

Compeer serves Montgomery and Delaware Counties.


Importance of Position to a mentally Ill Person: Befriending a person managing a mental illness, and offering regularly scheduled, supportive companionship is vital for these consumers; you help them to enjoy a more productive life, prevent costly rehospitalizations, and promote their recovery. Your time is very valuable to consumers of mental health services.


– Positive motivation to be of help to another person
– Good listening skills
– Reliable – keeps commitments
– Sensitive to needs and characteristics of mentally ill people
– Responsible to: Compeer Program Director


– Complete one Compeer Orientation session
– Establish & maintain friendship with matched friend of the same gender
– Submit required monthly reports to Compeer Office

Training Provided:

Orientation to persons with mental illness, types of disorders and treatments, communication skills (listening, empathy, etc.,), limit setting and expectations.

Benefits of Volunteering:

– Make a new friend while being of service
– Make a real difference in the life of a mentally ill person
– Opportunity to achieve personal goals

Time Commitment:

Four (4) hours per month, at least weekly contact with friend, in person or by phone

Length of Commitment:

A minimum of one year

Grounds for Termination:

Failure to carry out assigned responsibilities or work within the program guidelines.

Volunteer Application can be completed at our website


Or by Contacting the Delaware County Office at 610.541.0790 or Montgomery Office at 610.631.1009

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