Volunteers are the heart of Project ABLE.  Without volunteers, peer support programs could not exist.  Volunteers can walk the path of hopefulness and recovery with individuals in a way no one else can.  When volunteers give of themselves, and use their life experiences and life skills, they inspire hope and promote wellness and recovery in others.  This is the essence of “peer expertise” and it is central to Project ABLE’s programs.  Project ABLE recognizes volunteers are vital to the success of peer-to-peer services.

Volunteer Opportunities

Trauma Survivor Peer Support (TSP)

TSP Volunteers provide support to survivors of trauma.  This entails building trusting relationships and offering encouragement and assistance while the survivor gathers information to make decisions about his/her treatment and other life goals.  Trauma Peer Support Volunteers provide survivors support via phone, email and in person by meeting in the community.  Trauma Peer Supports provide support through physical presence, providing available resources and assisting in identifying goals and problem-solving techniques to meet individual goals.

Peer Wellness Coach

Peer Wellness Coach Volunteers empower individuals to take an active role in his/her health and wellness.  The role of the wellness coach volunteer is to assist individuals with crating an action plan, assisting them to identify and overcome barriers, and support their recovery through motivational peer support.  Wellness coaches provide support over the phone, or in person by meeting individuals in the community.  Wellness coaches utilize HOPE Plans (Healthy Opportunities through Peer Empowerment) as a tool to encourage individuals to identify and meet goals.


Why Volunteer with Project ABLE?

Project ABLE offers several benefits to all Peer Support Volunteers.


  • Peer Support Specialist Training (PSST)
  • Peer Paths to Wellness (PPW)
  • Peer Wellness Support Training (PWST)
  • State approved continuing education credits (CEU’s)
  • Trauma Survivor Project Training

Expense Reimbursement

Project ABLE provides flat monthly expense reimbursement(s) to volunteers providing peer support.  The purpose of the expense reimbursement is to reimburse volunteers for the cost associated with participating in a Project ABLE program.  Examples of the kinds of costs that volunteers incur include gas or bus fare, coffee or refreshments in the community and the use of phone and internet service.

Peer Support

Project ABLE provides Volunteers with support through our TSP and Wellness programs.

Volunteer Requirements

  • Personal experience with mental health issues
  • Compassion to support individuals with similar life experience
  • Background check
  • Phone service


Project ABLE provides peer support volunteer orientation at both our Salem and McMinnville locations. Volunteer orientation provides individuals interested in peer support with program information, policy and procedure details and stipend figures.

2017 Volunteer Orientation Schedule:


  • 2nd Wednesday of each month from 10am to 12pm


  • 1st Tuesday of each month from 10:30am to 12:30pm

For further information please contact:

Brandi Heath
Human Resources Admin
503.363.3260 office
503.470.0809 mobile
503.585.0491 fax

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."

Helen Keller