Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia
Be a friend to a veteran.
Company: Compeer of Suburban Philadelphia
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Location: 411 Dartmouth Ave, Swarthmore, PA, 19081
Project Details


Importance of Position:

Befriending a Veteran managing mental health issues, and offering regularly-scheduled, supportive friendship is vital for those recovering from mental illness; you help them to enjoy a more productive life, prevent costly rehospitalization, promote their recovery and give them a chance to experience camaraderie with someone who has walked a mile in their boots. Your time and life experience are extremely valuable to friends that are utilizing mental health and recovery services.


Military service

Positive motivation to be of assistance to another Veteran

Good listening skills

Reliable - keeps commitments

Sensitive to the needs of the person who will be your CompeerCORPS Participant

Reports to: CompeerCORPS Coordinator and/or Compeer Program Director


Complete one CompeerCORPS Orientation session

Establish & maintain friendship with your matched Veteran of the same gender

Submit required monthly report to Compeer Office

Training Provided:

Orientation regarding mental health diagnoses, types of treatments, communication skills (listening, empathy, etc.,), boundaries, and expectations.

Benefits of Volunteering:

Make a new friend while being of service

Make a real difference in the life of a Veteran who has a mental illness

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

Contact Person :

CompeerCORPS Coordinator at (610) 541-0790


1) One-to-One Friendship - 4 hours a month
2) Compeer Calling Volunteer - 10-15 minutes a week
3) E-Buddy Volunteer - contact primarily through email, texting, and/or electronic communication
4) Pen Pal - written correspondence ( letters, cards ) at least twice year month to offer support
5) Member of Compeer Advisory Board - volunteer serves to help on the Compeer Advisory Board to give input and decision making. Advisors meet four times a year.
6) Grant Writing supporter and reviewer

Please call us at 610-541-0790 or email us at for more information

General requirements


  • Orientation or Training
  • 4 Hours , 10-15 min phone calls, texting, emailing, pen-pal
  • Background Check
  • Category
    People With Disabilities
    Skills Area
    Mental Health
    Mental Health