Compeer Rochester

Compeer Rochester Mental wellness through friendship. Visit compeerrochester.org to learn more about how we serve youth, adults, families, and veterans.

It's Student Volunteer Day! We encourage all local university and college students to become Compeers mentors. We found ...
02/20/2024

It's Student Volunteer Day! We encourage all local university and college students to become Compeers mentors. We found this great article that demonstrates all the benefits these experiences provide, from reducing anxiety to boosting your resume!

Read more: https://habitatbroward.org/blog/top-8-benefits-of-community-service-for-students/

To volunteer with Compeer Rochester, visit: https://www.compeerrochester.org/become-a-volunteer

Common Barriers in Volunteering When this big transition takes place in your life, college volunteering may feel like it has its barriers. With classes, clubs, sports teams, art projects, and paying jobs being a priority, it is easy for volunteering to suddenly take a back seat on your schedule. At....

Happy Black History Month! We’re thrilled to see the Rochester community come together to celebrate Black culture and le...
02/19/2024

Happy Black History Month! We’re thrilled to see the Rochester community come together to celebrate Black culture and learn from one another’s historical perspectives throughout the month. Let’s continue this pattern even after February! Meanwhile, check out these upcoming programs from our neighbors!

Through Feb. 29: Black History Film Festival
Presented by Reynolds Media Center at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY
https://ffrpl.libraryweb.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/7/2024/01/24-1866-01CC_BFF2024_brochure_-1.pdf

Through June 29: Funky Turns 50: Black Character Revolution Firsts
Works from The Museum of UnCut Funk
at Local History Exhibits Hall at Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY
https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/11945536

Feb. 18: Black History Month Celebration Day
At Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester
https://allevents.in/rochester/black-history-month-celebration-day/200026072721139

Feb. 19: Rochester’s Rich History: Rev. Thomas James
On Zoom, presented by Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY
https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/8405063

Feb. 21: Gospel Concert
At City Hall Atrium, presented by the City of Rochester, NY - Mayor's Office
https://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589941139

Feb. 22: Keynote Address
At City Hall Atrium, presented by the City of Rochester, NY - Mayor's Office
https://www.cityofrochester.gov/article.aspx?id=8589941139

Feb. 22: Repairing the Historical Record Through Community Collaboration
On Zoom, presented by Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County NY
https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/8715649

Feb 25: African Attire Sunday
at New Bethel CME Church
https://allevents.in/rochester/african-attire-sunday/200026115883850

Feb. 26: Black History Month Chapel Service
At Memorial AME Zion Church
https://allevents.in/rochester/black-history-month-chapel-service/200026133243040

Feb. 28: African American Abstract Art in New York during the 1960s and 1970s
On Zoom, presented by Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County
https://calendar.libraryweb.org/event/8656095

Feb. 29:
35th Annual Black History Month Celebration
presented by Rochester City School District
https://www.rcsdk12.org/bhm

Happy Valentine’s Day!  Remember to reach out to those you care about, but don’t forget to care for yourself as well! He...
02/14/2024

Happy Valentine’s Day! Remember to reach out to those you care about, but don’t forget to care for yourself as well! Here are some things you can do to check in with yourself today:

1. Meditate: make time to calm your mind and check in with your mental health.

2. Call a friend or someone you enjoy speaking with.

3. Pamper yourself: take the opportunity to de-stress and unwind, whether that means taking a relaxing bubble bath or watching your favorite movie.

4. Do something you enjoy: spend time to prioritize yourself and the things you enjoy. Play a round of golf, paint on a canvas or go out with friends – whatever makes you feel like you!

5. Buy yourself some chocolate. You deserve a treat!

We strengthen our team so we can strengthen our community. The Compeer Rochester staff recently went on a daylong retrea...
02/13/2024

We strengthen our team so we can strengthen our community. The Compeer Rochester staff recently went on a daylong retreat at Clark Lodge in Brighton Town Park. The retreat included an affirmation project, a yoga session and a relationship development training. Namaste!

We strengthen our team so we can strengthen our community. The Compeer Rochester staff recently went on a daylong retrea...
02/09/2024

We strengthen our team so we can strengthen our community. The Compeer Rochester staff recently went on a daylong retreat at Clark Lodge in Brighton Town Park. The retreat included an affirmation project, a yoga session and a relationship development training. Namaste!

Join us in welcoming two new staff members to our Family Peer Mentor Program! As the Youth and Family Engagement Special...
02/08/2024

Join us in welcoming two new staff members to our Family Peer Mentor Program!

As the Youth and Family Engagement Specialist, U.S. Navy veteran Stefan Hurd works towards creating a positive family environment for youth in our program.

As our Family Peer Advocate, Michelle “Micky” Toker helps parents and caregivers connect with support and resources, and looks forward to witnessing the way their hard work moves their families forward.

Help us welcome them to the team!

Yesterday, we closed out National Mentorship Month for a special Proclamation event with Monroe County Executive Adam J....
02/01/2024

Yesterday, we closed out National Mentorship Month for a special Proclamation event with Monroe County Executive Adam J. Bello, Rochester Mayor Malik Evans and our colleagues at Big Brothers Big Sisters, The HIVE and the Monroe County Youth Bureau. We’re so grateful for this wonderful acknowledgement of the importance of mentorship!

It only takes 4 hours a month to be a mentor. Sign up to be a friend today (click the link in our bio!)

Thankful for a wonderful day with our community!
02/01/2024

Thankful for a wonderful day with our community!

Compeer family! Slip on those gloves, wrap a scarf around your neck and join us at Snow Tubing at Greystone for some fro...
01/24/2024

Compeer family! Slip on those gloves, wrap a scarf around your neck and join us at Snow Tubing at Greystone for some frosty fun!

This event allows you to bring 2 guests.
Snowtubing and Waffle Hut are both included!

RSVP to [email protected] or [email protected] with the following info:
❄️ Your name
❄️ Names of your plus-2
❄️ Compeer program you are part of
❄️ Time slot you prefer

The holiday season and start of the new year are a joyous time for many. A time to connect with friends and family and r...
01/22/2024

The holiday season and start of the new year are a joyous time for many. A time to connect with friends and family and reflect on the past year. But for some, it can be overwhelming, triggering or reminiscent of better times. Some may be struggling without your knowledge, so this is the perfect time of year to check on your friends.

01/21/2024

Tune in to ROC Voices on WRFZ 106.3 FM this afternoon at 3pm while we chat about and the impact of friendship on our mental health!

We had a blast at 585 magazine’s Hot Off the Press event at The Inn on Broadway last week. Thanks to everyone who came b...
01/17/2024

We had a blast at 585 magazine’s Hot Off the Press event at The Inn on Broadway last week. Thanks to everyone who came by our table to meet Tracy, Gabriel and Gio! We hope to see you at another community event soon!

Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is a National Day of Service. We encourage you to take the time to become proactive ...
01/15/2024

Today, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, is a National Day of Service. We encourage you to take the time to become proactive about supporting (and learning how to support) the causes you are most passionate about. Let’s work together to nurture our community and all the people in it. At Compeer, we change lives through the simple act of friendship. All it takes is 4 hours a month being someone’s friend and having quality conversations at a fun location in Rochester, and you can create a bond for life. It seems so simple, but it’s so impactful. (Volunteer link is in our bio)

Whether at Compeer or otherwise, help to create the type of good you want to see around you!

Please help us welcome our two newest staff professionals, Giovanna “Gio” Gutierrez (left) and Robin Warren (right). Gio...
01/12/2024

Please help us welcome our two newest staff professionals, Giovanna “Gio” Gutierrez (left) and Robin Warren (right). Gio is our Outreach & Events Specialist who loves to explore Rochester; Robin is our widely-experienced Adult Volunteer Program Coordinator. Say “hello” when you see them in the community!

Thank you to Brian Caterino, for sharing this today for I Am a Mentor Day! If you want to be a mentor too, you can sign ...
01/09/2024

Thank you to Brian Caterino, for sharing this today for I Am a Mentor Day!

If you want to be a mentor too, you can sign up at the link below!

In as little as four hours a month, you can make a tremendous impact on someone in our community who lives with mental illness — and enhance your own life in the meantime.

Join us tomorrow night (1/9) at ! There will be a Compeer recruitment table on site — not to mention free hors d’oeuvres...
01/09/2024

Join us tomorrow night (1/9) at ! There will be a Compeer recruitment table on site — not to mention free hors d’oeuvres and drinks, an opportunity to meet the staff (they’re great!), free copies of (585) and more. See you there!

Posted • Don’t miss our Hot off the Press Happy Hour at the fabulous Inn on Broadway! We can’t wait to see you tomorrow night. Everyone is welcome.

Mingle with (585) staff, writers, photographers, and the fascinating people featured in the January-February issue! Get your free copy of (585)!

#585

Big fans of The Playhouse // Swillburger over here! Not only are we so grateful that they recently donated a portion of ...
01/06/2024

Big fans of The Playhouse // Swillburger over here! Not only are we so grateful that they recently donated a portion of proceeds from their popular (and delicious!) Princess Peach drink to Compeer, but they are the perfect place for a date night or a fun meet-up with your Compeer match!

BEST PLACE TO TAKE A FIRST DATE….. to eat a burger 😉

Thanks for the love, Rochester ❤️

Today is International Mind-Body Wellness Day! A healthy mind leads to a healthy body, so treat yourself with kindness t...
01/03/2024

Today is International Mind-Body Wellness Day! A healthy mind leads to a healthy body, so treat yourself with kindness this year.

How do you plan to keep your mind, emotions and body healthy in 2024?

Happy New Year! We wish you a year of friendship, good health, and happiness.
01/01/2024

Happy New Year! We wish you a year of friendship, good health, and happiness.

The truth is, we love what we do, and we love working as a team to serve our community! Here’s Compeer staff and board m...
12/30/2023

The truth is, we love what we do, and we love working as a team to serve our community! Here’s Compeer staff and board members on ugly sweater day! We hope you all had a fulfilling holiday season.

Bottom (l to r): Phil Callipare, Sara Passamonte, Tim McKenna / Top (l to r): Gabe Perez, Pam Ayers, Kayla Tanksley

There's plenty of activities going on in and around Rochester this week! Call a friend on the 28th for National Call A F...
12/26/2023

There's plenty of activities going on in and around Rochester this week! Call a friend on the 28th for National Call A Friend Day, go skating at Institute of Technology's Polisseni Center, go for a Christmas Lights tour, enjoy a Kwanzaa Celebration at the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, or go to visitrochester.com for a list of events that you can do together.

Meet our friend Kareem, he's looking for his Compeer mentor! Kareem is a nine-year-old whose favorite part of the school...
12/13/2023

Meet our friend Kareem, he's looking for his Compeer mentor! Kareem is a nine-year-old whose favorite part of the school day is Gym. No surprise, since he loves to play basketball 🏀, baseball ⚾️, and football 🏈. Christmas is his favorite time of year because he receives lots of gifts, plus it's close to his birthday! He enjoys playing Fortnite on his Xbox and would love to be a policeman when he gets older because he wants to arrest the "bad guys". If he could have any superpowers, it would be to control fire and water.

On this Match Monday, we want to tell you about Bess and Terri, who have been matched since 2008!  Bess is a dependable ...
12/11/2023

On this Match Monday, we want to tell you about Bess and Terri, who have been matched since 2008! Bess is a dependable person for Terri, and they enjoy similar activities. They usually meet on Saturday mornings, and go to places craft stores like Hobby Lobby, The Bird House shop in Pittsford, and The Strong National Museum of Play. When asked what Bess enjoys about her match, she said she likes Terri as a person and that they communicate well.

Congratulations to Kristy Fernandez, our 2023 graduate from United Way's Latino Leadership Development Program! The dive...
12/08/2023

Congratulations to Kristy Fernandez, our 2023 graduate from United Way's Latino Leadership Development Program! The diverse program promotes the advancement of individuals and young professionals in our community. Kristy, a Family Peer Advocate, is pictured here with 2022 program graduate Elizabeth Medina, CompeerCORPS Manager.

Happy Holidays from us at Compeer! Whether you're snacking on latkes and sufganiyot for Hanukkah, gathering around a yul...
12/07/2023

Happy Holidays from us at Compeer! Whether you're snacking on latkes and sufganiyot for Hanukkah, gathering around a yule log and wrapping Christmas presents, decorating for your Kwanzaa celebration, or celebrating your own festive traditions, we wish you a safe and warm holiday season surrounded by your friends and family.

On this Waiting Wednesday, we want to introduce you to our friend Maia. She is 18 years old, and her favorite colors are...
12/06/2023

On this Waiting Wednesday, we want to introduce you to our friend Maia. She is 18 years old, and her favorite colors are red ❤️ and blue 💙. During her free time, she loves to watch TV, go skating ⛸– both roller- and ice- and play basketball 🏀. She is very good at nail art and doing nail sets. In the future, she hopes to go to college. You and Maia could show off your matching manicures while you go skating at MLK Jr park!

The United Nations recognizes today at International Volunteer Day! We are so grateful for our volunteers and enjoy cele...
12/05/2023

The United Nations recognizes today at International Volunteer Day! We are so grateful for our volunteers and enjoy celebrating the way you make our community less lonely.

Want to learn more about the rewarding experience of being a Compeer volunteer? Get more details here: https://www.compeerrochester.org/become-a-volunteer

Say 'goodbye' to November with some fun activities today! It's the last day to purchase a Cocktail for Connection to sup...
11/30/2023

Say 'goodbye' to November with some fun activities today! It's the last day to purchase a Cocktail for Connection to support Compeer at Locals Only, and while you're in the area, check out the Holiday Open House on Park Ave: https://park-avenue.org/avenue-events/holiday-open-house-2023/

Looking for more fun to have with a friend this weekend? Check out all the local events listed here for ideas: https://www.visitrochester.com/events/?view=grid&sort=date&bounds=false&filter_daterange%5Bstart%5D=2023-11-30&filter_daterange%5Bend%5D=2023-12-03

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"She gives me a very strong sense that I have value." --Maya, age 15, Youth Program participant "If you take the time to build a friendship with one of these beautiful people, it will change your life forever." --Lori, Compeer Volunteer Compeer Rochester provides and supports friendships that help adults, youth, and Veterans recover from mental illness. The Compeer supportive friendship model, created in Rochester, New York in 1973, has been replicated all over the country and around the world. Mental health experts have praised the Compeer model as a highly effective an essential complement and supplement to clinical mental health treatment. Both clients and volunteers regularly report that their Compeer match experience has profoundly improved and enriched their lives.

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