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Compeer of Chemung County

“Compeer” means a companion who is also a peer or equal and comes from the blending of the words “companion” and “peer”. 

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Compeer is a community-based mentoring program offered at Family Services of Chemung County to community members struggling with their mental health and feeling lonely or in despair. Here we recruit and train community volunteers to serve and build meaningful relationships with children and adults whose mental health challenges led to them reaching out to us to help!

The Compeer program is founded upon the healing power of friendship – just one caring friend can have a life-changing impact on an individual striving for mental wellness. We believe that Compeer volunteers, through the meaningful relationships they develop with the participants in our program, support not just an improved mental health on an individual (which they do!), but also have a profound impact on the mental health of our entire community.

If you want to help make a difference in the life of a child or adult who is struggling today, fill out our volunteer application today!

Our Programs



is a school-based mentoring program that matches community volunteers with youth...

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(Pupils Assistance through Learning) is a 1:1 mentoring program for youth in 4th-12th grade... 

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is a 1:1 mentoring program for adults 18 years and older living in Chemung County, who are...

At Family Services of Chemung County’s Compeer program, we use the power of friendship to help children, adolescents, adults and aging adults, who also are experiencing mental health concerns, are lonely, in despair and struggling due to their mental illness, to live happier, more productive lives through the support of caring community volunteers.


Compeer envisions a day when all communities embrace individuals and their families living with mental health challenges; when prevention begins early with children and their families; when living, learning, working and volunteering in the community is given expression through the social inclusion of all individuals and supported by the power of friendship and hope.

Read about Family Services of Chemung County's Compeer program in the news.

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