Make a difference in the life of a blind neighbor! Volunteers needed in and around Springfield MA

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ORGANIZATION: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

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Do you want to help others in a meaningful way? Do you enjoy getting to know someone and seeing the impact your service has on their life? The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired is seeking volunteers in and around the Springfield area. We serve clients who are dealing with visual disabilities in need of volunteers. We need help for Springfield clients, Agawam and West Springfield!
Volunteers will be matched with a client for a one to one relationship. Volunteers will meet once a week for about 1-2 hours with their match to help with tasks that maintain their independence. Volunteers are needed to help take the client grocery shopping, community errands, reading mail, paying bills and assisting with the internet.
Volunteers much submit an online application, complete an online training, zoom interview and background check.

HELP GIVE THE GIFT OF ACCESSIBILITY THIS SEASON!

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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

People with Disabilities
Seniors
People with Disabilities, Seniors

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1 Main StreetSpringfield, MA 01144

(42.10163,-72.5909)
 

SKILLS

  • People Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal / Written Communication

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Driver's License Needed
  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 1-2 hours
  • If under 18 then must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. volunteers should be reliable, consistent and trustworthy

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