Like to stay active? Sighted-guide needed for a blind neighbor at a Chestnut Hill area gym!

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Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Do you enjoy making a connection with someone in your community? Do you want to make a positive impact in the life of a neighbor in need?

Join a team of over 200 volunteers across the state that helps create a difference in the blind and low vision community!

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is seeking a volunteer to become a sighted-guide for a man who is blind at a Chestnut Hill area gym. He would also be interested in going on runs with his match as well! This is a perfect volunteer opportunity for someone who loves being active and is interested in learning more about accessible recreation!

Volunteer Requirements: Volunteers typically devote 1-2 hours a week or every other week. The ideal volunteer would be able to be a sighted-guide in the morning hours and would have a car for transportation. Although, a car is not absolutely necessary for this volunteer role.

The Volunteer Onboarding Process includes:
1. Submit an MABVI Volunteer Application
2. Completing the online, modular Volunteer Training
3. Schedule a time to chat via Zoom with a member of the MABVI Volunteer Team/Submit a CORI
4. Meet the MABVI Volunteer Team!

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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 35 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.

Community
People with Disabilities
Sports & Recreation

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

(42.3185,-71.157)
 

SKILLS

  • Relationship Building
  • Coaching
  • Fitness Instruction
  • Outdoor Recreation
  • Special Needs

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Volunteers typically devote 1-2 hours a week or every other week. The ideal volunteer would be able to sighted-guide weekday mornings. 
  • Volunteers under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A Driver's License and auto insurance is needed if the volunteer uses their car to perform tasks.

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