Compeer Program, Mental Health Association of Nassau County

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Basic Information

Address: Mental Health Association of Nassau County, 16 Main Streeet, Hempstead, NY 11550
Phone Number: 516.489.2322, extension 1257
Fax Number: 516.485.4314
Director: Compeer Coordinator,

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Additional Information

Causes Served: Making Friends, Changing Lives for people with mental illnesses
Clearances Required: Yes
Background Check: Yes
Population Served: Adults who have mental illnesses and need socialization
Ages for Volunteer: Ages 21 and older
Hours of Service: Flexible, one hour per week for a year
Minimum Hours Required: 4 hours/month for 1 year
Days of Service: Flexible
Mission Statement:

Compeer is a volunteer support and social program that uses the power of friendship to help people with mental illnesses live happier, more satisfying lives.

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

A Compeer friendship can make a substantial improvement in a participant's self-worth, a key ingredient in bringing a person back into the mainstream of community life. The Compeer volunteer has the power to change the life of someone who is experiencing emotional issues or in mental health recovery.

Program History:

Compeer was started 1973 in Rochester, NY. In 1980, Compeer’s New York State Office expanded training and support to affiliate programs, including Nassau Co. in 1983. Today, 83 Compeer programs serve 20 states, Canada and Australia. Compeer has received the Certificate of Significant Achievement Award from the American Psychiatric Association, the Presidential Volunteer Action Award and Six Points of Light awards.


Compeer hosts two annual appreciation events for its volunteers and Compeer friends: 1) Springtime Picnic in Eisenhower Park, and 2) Winter Holiday Party with food, beverages and entertainment.

Additional Information:

A training program is provided and Compeer staff support volunteers with ongoing professional guidance to facilitate the development of productive friendships.

Volunteers meet regularly to discuss problems and successes as well as to share their experiences.  In addition, the consumer’s therapist and the Compeer Coordinator are always available to support both the volunteer and the consumer.