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Medical driver and/or grocery shop with a blind neighbor in Fitchburg!

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ORGANIZATION: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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This MABVI participant is looking for someone to accompany her grocery shopping and occasionally drive/escort her to medical appointments in the Fitchburg, MA area. The volunteer must have a car for this role. The volunteer must be comfortable around a cat.

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 volunteers who are interested in a relationship-building and task-oriented role!

A volunteer medical driver will help a legally blind or vision impaired person be able to get to his or her medical appointments. A driver escort drives the person to their appointment and also guides them in safely to the waiting area. This volunteer will wait until the appointment is completed and then drive the client back home. Through this valuable service, people who otherwise would not be able to access and safely navigate medical facilities, due to their vision loss, can reliably and securely make it to important and routine medical appointments.

Volunteer driver escorts use their own vehicles and a small per trip stipend is available. Training and supervision is provided initially and ongoing as needed.

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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.

CAUSE AREAS

Community
People with Disabilities
Seniors
Community, People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

Multiple locations Fitchburg, MA 01420

(42.58342,-71.80229)
 

SKILLS

  • Elder care
  • Healthcare
  • Transportation
  • People Skills
  • Relationship Building
  • Special Needs

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Time involved differs per trip to medical appointment.
  • 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 such as grocery shopping or to run errands in the community.

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