Volunteer needed to assist woman in her 90's with various errands in Worcester!

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ORGANIZATION: Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired

The Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (MABVI) is seeking volunteers who are interested in a relationship-building and task-oriented role! 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!

This MABVI participant is an elderly blind woman in her 90's. She is very nice and would like a volunteer she can call on to help her with various errands. Errands might include picking up a few food items, taking her to the hair dresser, picking something up at CVS. This is not a consistent need, the volunteer would need to be comfortable helping her out as needed. Flexible Scheduling!

As a MABVI Volunteer, you may help with tasks such as:

  • Reading mail
  • Paying bills
  • Internet Use/Technology
  • Medical Transportation
  • Going grocery shopping
  • Running errands in the community
  • Recreational activities such as being a running/walking sighted guide
  • Other Clerical tasks

Time Commitment: This opportunity is flexible based on your match's needs. Although, volunteers typically devote 1-2 hours a week or every other week.

The Volunteer Onboarding Process Includes:
1. Complete a MABVI Volunteer Form (A MABVI staff member will email you the link to the MABVI Volunteer Form directly. Please note that this form is different than the initial VolunteerMatch inquiry!)
2. Completing the online, modular MABVI 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 via Zoom or phone call
5. MABVI matches you with a MABVI participant!

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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
Women
People with Disabilities, Seniors, Women

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

1 main streetWorcester, MA 01609

(42.27119,-71.79933)
 

SKILLS

  • Relationship Building
  • 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 per month
  • Vehicle, flexible with scheduling, willing to help out when needed, reliable and trustworthy

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