Community Companion Program & Volunteering
"Companioning is about listening with the heart"
Community companion volunteers are based in the community, meeting with their participants in cafes, parks, theaters, community centers, grocery stores, art classes, libraries, and other public locations. They work to enrich the lives of participants, disrupt cycles of isolation, and build connection to the greater community.
Community companions impact the lives of program participants by:
- encouraging and empowering participants to engage in their community
- being a supportive presence in their lives
- working together to build a community of people and places of support
- engaging in conversation
Community companions have:
- a wonderful diversity of skills, gifts, and life experiences
- are aged 21 and over
- are a broad range of working professionals, students, retired individuals, full time volunteers, etc.
Each volunteer has come with an interest in building relationships, learning more about mental health, homelessness, and their community, and has left feeling impacted by their experience.
Consider becoming a Community Companion Volunteer!
Plymouth Healing Communities is looking for compassionate volunteers to offer companionship to Seattle residents who have faced homelessness and live with mental illness. Community Companion Volunteers support and empower others through genuine, side-by-side relationships that promote healthy connections to the greater community. From meeting with program participants individually for coffee, to attending free/low-cost events as a group, Volunteers walk alongside others as they heal and reconnect.
The House of Healing has great appreciation for respite volunteers who provide a vital and unique role within the house. Volunteers engage with residents of the house — conversing over coffee, working on puzzles together, cooking a meal, playing Scrabble, being present and available for each resident as they move through their daily life and towards recovery and healing.
Other Opportunities to Volunteer:
Interested in a short-term volunteer experience? We are also looking for individuals interested in gardening, grant writing, event planing and general office work. If interested please contact email@example.com.
Interested? Get in touch! Please contact Holly Bahnick, Community Companion Coordinator, for more details and a volunteer application. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-851-8847.