Reader for the Blind


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VariesYonkers, NY 10704


Lighthouse Guild is the leading not-for-profit vision + healthcare organization with a longstanding heritage of serving the needs of people who are blind or visually impaired, as well as those with multiple disabilities or chronic medical conditions.

We help people of all ages who are at risk for, or are experiencing, vision loss. We provide services, research and education, and advocate to help people with low vision and blindness.

Lighthouse Guild provides many services for the visually impaired including reading services. Our Print Access Center which coordinates the reading services is currently seeking volunteers to become off-site readers. Off-site readers are needed in all five New York City boroughs and Westchester County.


Volunteers will read the materials provided by the clients. In addition to reading, volunteers may be asked to complete forms, conduct internet searches, and otherwise support a client’s personal reading needs.
Position Responsibilities:

Travel to client’s homes or place of business. Read materials provided by the client. Assist clients by completing forms and/or conduct internet searches, etc.

College level reader required. Ethical character and reliable. Trustworthy. Strong reading voice. Able to read for an extended period of time. Strong commitment to service required.

Currently, readers are needed in:

New Rochelle - Paying bills and reading personal mail.

Yonkers - Paying bills and reading personal mail.

White Plains - Paying bills, writing checks, and non-technical reading.

Long Island City - Email, forms, general writing

Queens - Personal mail, writing checks

Bronx - General Reading

Manhattan - Spiritual reading

Fresh Meadows - Mail, Organizing paper

Mount Vernon - New York Times, Reader’s Digest

Details of the Opportunity: Please note that reading to a client is an on-going opportunity. Volunteers must be available 2 hours once a week, for at least 6 months.

Participation in this opportunity will require, in addition to the usual completion of a volunteer application on our website , and a new volunteer interview, additional screening including the supplemental off-site reading application.

To volunteer, for this opportunity complete the applications and specify the opportunity for which you are applying. For more information e-mail

To get more information about the requirements of a reading volunteer, visit


  • Literacy / Reading
  • Public Speaking
  • Reading Comprehension

Good Match For

People 55+

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 21
  • 2 hours, once a week for at least 6 months
  • Completion of a Supplemental Application and Interview
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