Help guide a visually-impaired runner in Watertown

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Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Do you live in or near Watertown? Are you interested in making a difference in the life of a visually-impaired adult runner in your neighborhood?

As a part of MABVI’s Volunteers for Vision program, you’ll assist a visually impaired individual run with two to three times per week. You will begin with a walk/run schedule and progress to running. You'll start with a 10 minute/mile pace for 2-5 miles. While she'd like to start by meeting and running in Watertown, she's also interested in exploring other routes. Your runner will be happy to train you as a running guide if you do not have previous guiding experience.

This opportunity can be shared by several volunteers who run once a week or one volunteer who would like to make a commitment to running multiple times a week.

Why Volunteer with MABVI?

  • 90% of our current volunteers feel they are doing significant work
  • 98% of our volunteers say volunteering with us gives them a sense of accomplishment
  • 99% would recommend the volunteer program to their family and friends

What will you gain from the role?

  • A chance to make a difference
  • Experience working with people with sight loss
  • A sense of achievement
  • A new friend
  • New skills as a running guide

What skills and experience are needed?

  • An easy-to-understand voice
  • Good communication skills
  • The ability to treat information confidentially
  • Patience and a good sense of humor!

What support will be given?

  • Volunteer training in our Brookline Office
  • Support and guidance from our staff
  • Volunteer events throughout the year

When will you be needed?
At least one time a week for an hour or two; if you are able to meet to run a few times a week all the better!

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About Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Location:

200 Ivy Street, Brookline, MA 02446, US

Mission Statement

Established in 1903, the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is the oldest program in the country providing services to adults with vision loss. Helen Keller served on our first advisory board. MABVI is dedicated to empowering individuals to live with dignity. We provide access to a full range of sight loss services and help reduce fears and isolation caused by vision loss. With offices in Brookline and Worcester, we serve more than 7,000 blind and visually impaired individuals every year. MABVI is a program of MAB Community Services.

Description

Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers a number of services.

In our COMMUNITY VOLUNTEER PROGRAM, volunteers work one-to-one with visually impaired adults in their community, assisting with reading or shopping.

In each of our 33 peer-led SUPPORT GROUPS, individuals gather to share challenges and resources.

Elders with low vision can work with one of our VISION REHABILITATION SPECIALISTS to learn strategies for living with limited or no vision. Special focus on reading and writing, magnification, lighting, diabetes management, home safety and daily activities.

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Opportunities throughout MAWatertown, MA 02472

(42.36535,-71.18436)
 

SKILLS

  • Outdoor Recreation
  • People Skills

GOOD FOR

  • Teens
  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 16
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-3x a week for 1-2 hours at a time.
  • Some running experience required.

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