Compeer's mission is to use the power of volunteer friends to improve the lives of children and adults who are striving for good mental health. Compeer, using an evidence-based model, recruits, screens and matches trained volunteers from the community to be a friend, or mentor in a one-to-one supportive relationship. Compeer is the ultimate friend matchmaker. They help match people who live with mental illness to someone how can be a positive support person in their lives. Compeer only asks for one hour a week from their volunteers, to help change the lives of others.
The Mental Health Association of Erie County seeks to meet the ever-changing mental health needs of people of all ages by providing education, public information, prevention programs, training, advocacy and supportive services that produce measurable results.