The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
The American Foundation for the Blind removes barriers, creates solutions, and expands possibilities so people with vision loss can achieve their full potential.
Founded in 1921, AFB ensures that people who are blind or visually impaired have access to the information, technology, education, and legal resources they need to lead productive lives. From our earliest days, AFB has amplified the voices of people with vision loss, and we continue our mission as advanced by Helen Keller, who worked untiringly at AFB for nearly forty years. We honor Keller’s legacy in our work, from evaluating technologies and working collaboratively with manufacturers to address accessibility issues, to educating instructors in the blindness field so that they may reach and teach students with vision loss. AFB’s advocacy work provides leadership in the establishment and promotion of the civil and human rights of people with vision loss. And, our web-based programming features interactive peer-to-peer communication as well as guidance from experts, that connects people with similar experiences and challenges. Today, as we have done for 90 years, it is our privilege to serve people with vision loss throughout the nation.