Compeer holds several events each year to support the Compeer friendships that have developed and to help those clients waiting for a match to feel incuded in the program.
These events are designed to be fun and inclusive, and provide an opportunity to develop or practice socialization skills. We invite all of the Compeer clients, those on the waiting list, all of our volunteers, and our board members to join the fun!
In July we have a fun indoor picnic! At this event there are door prizes, games, and more. Everyone brings some food to share. It is held indoors each year at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church. This is the best way we know to avoid temperatures near or above 100 in our Iowa climate!
In the fall we often go to Wilson's Apple Orchard for a "hay" ride, tour of the orchards, and visits to the store. Each person brings their own sack supper or we have a weinie roast. After we eat we gather around a small fire for S'Mores and conversation.
Other activities we have held include a Christmas luncheon, a painting class, a poetry/writing class, a soup and salad dinner and the Sound of Friendship Concert. We offer rides to anyone needing a ride to these events, so all can attend.
Sound of Friendship Concert
In late February we offer our annual Sound of Friendship Dessert Concert. It's an evening of local entertainment which varies each year. We have had a mix of world music, singer/songwriters, jazz and rhythm and blues groups. There is also a pre-concert performance, We have had many wonderful performers over the years.
The concert is followed by our annual dessert reception which features a wide variety of desserts from local businesses, restaurants and individuals. Hope you can join us for this event!