Volunteer Opportunities

If you are willing to lend a helping hand and heart to the work of the Center for Vision Loss, let’s talk! Our current volunteer opportunities are listed here. Contact Rita Lang, Manager of Innovative Programs, at 610.433.6018. x. 225 or rita.lang@centerforvisionloss.org for more information.

Vision Screeners

Screeners test the vision of children by conducting a series of tests to identify eye problems. They work at pre-schools, day care centers and kindergarten registrations. Did you know that 80% of what a child learns comes through the visual system? That is why it is so important to catch eye problems as early as possible. Volunteers must have their own transportation to screening sites. They must have patience, like to work with children and be available on weekdays. Training will be provided by agency staff.

Escorted Transportation Drivers

Drivers transport and escort blind and visually impaired clients to essential medical appointments and agency-sponsored group activities using their own vehicle. The Escorted Transportation Program allows clients to remain independent in their own homes for as long as possible. Volunteers must have a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license, provide proof of insurance, and must pass the PA State Police Criminal Record Check. Volunteers must be available weekdays. Training will be provided by agency staff.

Annie’s Angels: In-Home Companions For Seniors Who are Blind & Visually Impaired

Annie’s Angels is a corps of volunteers trained to become in-home companions for blind and visually impaired seniors who have become more socially isolated. The program is named in honor of Anne Sullivan, the blind teacher who was Helen Keller’s life-time companion. These volunteers visit clients to help break down the barriers created by isolation in a friendly, compassionate and motivating way. Volunteers may be women or men, 18 years old or older, who are compassionate, comfortable working with people who have a physical challenge, patient, confident and in good health. Volunteers should be available at least 10-12 hours per month. They must have their own transportation, a valid PA Driver’s License with proof of valid insurance, have a clean driving record with PennDot and pass the PA State Police Criminal Record Check. All volunteers will be required to complete a training program of 6-8 hours.

General Office Help

We welcome the help of volunteers with office and people skills to answer our telephones, greet visitors, process bulk mailings or do data entry. We also invite people to provide their expertise and help with agency fundraising events and other special projects.

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