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ORGANIZATION: Leader Dogs for the Blind

  • 14 people are interested

Help make a transformational difference in a person's life! Volunteer to be a Client Drive for Leader Dogs for the Blind!

Client drivers use Leader Dog (LD) vehicles to provide safe transportation for LD clients to and from the airport to campus in Rochester Hills. In addition to providing transportation, volunteers also escort clients through airport security and to their gate, problem-solve if a flight is delayed or cancelled and make clients feel at ease under stressful travel situations.

Client Drivers provide more than just a ride. They are the first person and the last person from Leader Dog that the client interacts with in person. They provide a reassuring presence and help make the clients feel welcome and cared for. Volunteers fill a vital role in making the client's experience comfortable and enjoyable.

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and attributes:

  • Have an impeccable driving record
  • Have the ability to drive a large passenger van
  • Have a flexible schedule with weekend availability
  • Be friendly, outgoing, compassionate and a good problem-solver
  • Be comfortable working with people who are blind or visually impaired
  • Be comfortable around large dogs
Drives are scheduled on Saturdays and Sundays, so weekend availability is required for this position.

This will be the most challenging AND rewarding volunteer work that you have ever done!!

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About Leader Dogs for the Blind

Location:

1039 S. Rochester Rd., Rochester, MI 48307, US

Mission Statement

Our mission is empowering people who are blind or visually impaired with lifelong skills for safe and independent daily travel.

Description

Founded by three Detroit area Lions Clubs members in 1939, Leader Dogs for the Blind provides dog guides to people who are blind and visually impaired to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life. Each year, over 200 clients attend our residential training program to be paired with a dog guide. This is a life-changing event that opens the doors to independence, safety and self-worth for many of our students.

In addition to our dog guide program, we offer programs that enhance a person's independence and quality of life in other ways, including orientation and mobility training, GPS training, and seminars for Orientation and Mobility professionals. Currently, Leader Dog is the only facility in the Western Hemisphere to teach Deaf-blind students to work with a dog guide.

Thanks to generous donations from our supporters, our dog guide services are provided free of charge, including room and board and travel to and from our campus in Rochester Hills, Michigan, for clients.

Leader Dog is recognized as a "Best In America" Charity by the Independent Charities of America (ICA).

CAUSE AREAS

People with Disabilities
People with Disabilities

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1039 S. Rochester Rd.Rochester Hills, MI 48307, MI 48307

(42.66481,-83.13206)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Problem Solving
  • Bus/Van Driving

GOOD FOR

N/A

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 drives per month
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs. to assist clients with luggage and packages. Pass a criminal background check and a DMV check

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