Here at Step Out Buffalo, we count ourselves hella lucky to team up with our friends at Compeer. Fun fact: the word compeer itself means friend. #themoreyouknow
Every person has a story, and every friendship has a story. Compeer is all about giving friendship a whole new meaning, and the way they are making a difference is pretty incredible.
Inspired by the belief that friendship is powerful medicine, Compeer was founded in 1985. Since then, this local non-profit has been matching volunteers with children, adults, veterans, and seniors who are striving for good mental health. Today, over 300 volunteers work together to make a difference every day for hundreds of individuals and families right in our local community. That’s an amazing accomplishment, and 100% worth a major shout-out! You guys seriously rock!
How to Volunteer
Imagine yourself as a real-life superhero. Getting involved with Compeer gives you the superpower of changing lives. Kindness is contagious, and Compeer is always looking for new volunteers to donate their time and talent. Side note – imagine how great “Superhero” would look on your resume. Additional side note – you don’t need to double as a hero on the side, or have an impressive resume, to be a volunteer.
Approved volunteers will be matched with a friend from the age group you prefer, and the possibilities for fun are endless. Together, you can create a friendship bucket list that includes outings to the movies, local restaurants, sports games, and special events; spending time reading and learning; exploring the great outdoors at a local park; finding lots of cool coffee shops to enjoy and much more.
Compeer finds potential friends to match with you that share similar interests and hobbies as you, and lives relatively close by, so it’s easy to hang out. Also, you get to decide how and when to spend your time with your matched friend, so it’s flexible around your schedule. #noexcuses Whether you decide to do things together one on one, and/or as a part of the many diverse and free group activities offered by Compeer, it is sure to be fun and meaningful time well spent.
There’s a waiting list with nearly 200 young people in search of a mentor. Compeer’s waitlist of friends are doing their best, coping with depression, anxiety and other mental health challenges, that often leave them feeling isolated, and/or needing someone to talk to or spend time with. Getting involved means you are able to be there for someone who truly needs a positive person in their life. If you are interested, go for it!
How to Donate
Donate your way. There is a bunch of ways to get involved and support Compeer’s mission.
Think about the events you love attending, and sharing that enjoyment with the Compeer community. In-kind donations, like gift cards, tickets to the next Buffalo Bills game, or a super cool event going on in Buffalo are much appreciated and would be gifted to our matches. Financial donations can be processed very easily right through Compeer’s website and help to pay for recruitment and screening costs for amazing volunteers that make a true impact. You make that happen with your support. Your dollars can also help pay for special match events, or for gifts for the kids around the holidays. Some employers will match donations made by their employees, and/or can host a dress down day at work to help raise some money for the programs. Check to see if yours would be willing to pitch in with you. Some people choose to give a reoccurring gift monthly, and a small amount each month over time, really does add up and help.
Every dollar counts. While a few bucks here and there may not seem like a lot, the donations add up when everyone works together. Remember, any gift you give will be more meaningful than you can ever imagine. Your gifts of your time, talent and/or resources are supporting the healing power of friendship.
Spread The Word
If you haven’t yet, check out Compeer on social media (CompeerBuffalo) is active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and they love to make cool and unique Snapchat filters at their fun special events. Please feel free to like/follow/share/retweet and help spread the good word when you see something they share that inspires you, or gives you hope! Join in our conversations online.
The journey to wellness becomes much easier when we all work together! If you would like to pay it forward, volunteer, donate, or simply start spreading the word so everyone in our community knows how awesome the Compeer family of friends truly is.
Location: 135 Delaware Ave., Suite 210, Buffalo, NY 14202
Phone: (716) 883-3331