Compeer was founded in 1973 in Rochester, N.Y., and it started with just 12 volunteers. Today, nearly 4,000 volunteers in Compeer locations around the world serve people with mental illnesses.
The National Institute of Mental Health chose Compeer as a model program in 1982 and funded the development of similar programs throughout the nation. Today, Compeer is a model mental health organization with over 50 locations in the U.S., Canada and Australia.
Routinely recognized as a national model, the agency has received the Presidential Recognition award by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the inaugural Eleanor Roosevelt Community Service award, the Presidential Volunteer Action award, four Points of Light awards and recognition from the American Psychiatric Association. NEXT PAGE