In collaboration with the Veterans Outreach Center, the purpose of the CompeerCORPS program is to create a supportive network for veterans who could benefit from a veteran peer mentor and other community relationships. Veteran volunteer mentors are matched with a veteran based on interests, age-range, military service and gender.
The program has the following goals:
- Foster a positive return to civilian life after military service
- Broadened interests and hobbies
- Create a spirit of service to the community
- Bridge generational gaps among Veteran eras
- Encourage overall wellness
Veterans who have successfully returned from combat to their community can offer unique support to a Veteran who is living with a mental health challenges. The military connection can make a big difference in the client’s recovery.
If you are a Veteran who would like to volunteer to help a Vet living with mental health challenges reintegrate into your Delaware County community please click here to go to the volunteer application page. Once we have received your application we will invite you to participate in an interview with the Compeer director and the mental health professional. After the interview, background and references checks, and Volunteer Training Workshop you will select the Veteran you would like to work be matched with. Once all requirements are met, the Compeer director will make arrangements and introduce you to your new friend. Then you will begin to spend at least one hour a week together doing things that both of you enjoy.
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- CompeerCORPS Referral Packet
- CompeerCORPSVolunteer Application
- CompeerCORPS Brochure
- CompeerCORPS Volunteer Monthly Report Form
- Activity Reimbursement Form
Goals of the program:
- Enhance self-esteem and self-worth
- Improve connectedness to civilian society
- Reduce the feeling of loneliness, isolation, and judgment
- Reduce dependency on emergency services
- Gain a sense of empowerment, control, and hope
- Reduce stigma through friendship
- Create a supportive environment that will assist veterans on the road to recovery