Volunteer

VOLUNTEER WITH US

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Braille Institute.
Our dedicated volunteers engage in a variety of outreach, daily life skills, technology training, literacy, art, recreation and leisure activities to empower thousands of students and patrons with vision loss – joining us in our unwavering belief that vision rehabilitation is a beginning, not an end. Find your opportunity to help a student embrace the challenge of sight loss and live well.

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Bilingual (Spanish/English) Art Class Assistant

Share your creative side while translating for Spanish speaking students. Assist students with art projects and help the instructor with set-up and clean-up. No experience with visually impaired necessary. We will train you. Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00 pm.

Receptionist

Share your people skills while assisting at our busy  reception area. Duties include answering phones, greeting and assisting students and guests and light clerical work. Various shifts are available Monday through Friday.

Exercise/Movement Class Instructor

Share your passion for fitness and help our students stay active. Instructors are needed for various types of movement classes: general exercise, yoga, dance, etc. No experience teaching visually impaired students is necessary. Training will be provided. Classes are offered once a week, 10:00-11:30 am or 1:00- 2:30 pm.

Library Volunteer

Assist Library patrons with book orders and general questions, sort our digital book collection and more! Volunteers should be personable, detail oriented and have general computer skills. Various 2-3 hours shifts are available Monday through Friday.

Exercise Class Assistant

Have fun while assisting adult students in one of our popular exercise classes. Duties include helping students to perform movements correctly and safely, following the teacher’s instructions. Classes meet once a week for one hour. Training will be provided.

 

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Friendly Greeter

Are you looking for a simple, yet interactive and fulfilling volunteer role? Volunteer Greeters welcome students and guests to our campus, direct and guide them to classes, and answer basic questions. No experience necessary. We will train you in how to effectively assist people who are blind and visually impaired. Various 2-3 hours shifts are available, Monday through Friday.

Library Outreach

Help spread the word about our incredible Library Services! Duties include researching and contacting community organizations and library patrons. Volunteers are also needed to assist in representing Braille Institute at community events. Good customer service skills are a must as well as basic computer skills, including internet searching and Microsoft Excel. Bilingual (Spanish/English) is a plus! 2-3 hour per week time commitment, Monday through Friday.

Library Circulation

Volunteer behind the scenes in the Circulation Department of Braille Institute’s unique library! Duties include sorting our book collection, shelving and preparing audio book cartridges to be mailed to blind and visually impaired library patrons. No experience necessary – just a willingness to help and attention to detail. Various 2-4 hour shifts are available, Monday through Friday.

Library Reader Services

Library Reader Services Volunteers mail out packets, call library patrons with information, and assist with other clerical duties. A pleasant phone manner is required and bilingual (English/Spanish) is a plus. Various 2-4 hours shifts are available, Monday through Friday.

Library Machine Repair

Use your “fix-it” skills to help keep digital audio book players in circulation for our library patrons. Volunteers will repair, clean and charge/change batteries on the digital players. Training will be provided. Hours are flexible.

American Sign Language Interpreter/Aide

Use your ASL skills to assist students in our Deaf/Blind Program. Experience and conversational skills with ASL is required. Training in the development of Tactile ASL skills will be provided. Hours are Fridays, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm and 1:00 – 3:00 pm.

Connection Point (Tech Lab) Greeter

Connection Pointe, Braille Institute’s busy technology lab, needs volunteers to help create a welcoming experience for blind and visually impaired students. Duties include greeting students, assisting with getting them set-up at a computer and recording names for call back appointments. Additional assistance with technology is an option. Various 2-4 hour shifts are available, Monday through Friday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Class Assistant – Sensory Awareness

Assist instructor and students in our Sensory Awareness class. This interesting class is designed to help blind and visually impaired students fine tune their remaining senses through a series of lessons and exercises. Training will be provided. Class meets on Wednesdays, 1:00-2:00 pm.

Exercise Class Assistant

Have fun while assisting adult students in one of our popular exercise classes. Duties include helping students to perform movements correctly and safely, following the teacher’s instructions. Classes meet once a week for one hour. Training will be provided.

Art/Craft Class Assistant

Share your creative side while assisting students create projects in one of our popular art classes – Basketry, Ceramics, Mosaic, Paper Mache, Quilting and more! Classes meet once a week for two hours. Training will be provided.

Sewing Class Assistant

Volunteers are needed to assist in sewing classes. Duties include cutting fabric and helping students with their projects. Sewing skills are helpful but not necessary. No experience working with visually impaired required. Classes meet on Mondays, 9:30 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-3:00 pm.

Yoga Instructor

Share your yoga experience with blind and visually impaired adults. A volunteer instructor is needed to teach beginning to intermediate yoga, making modifications as necessary. No experience working with visually impaired required. Weekly class times are available Monday through Friday, 10:00 am or 1:00 pm.

Dance Instructor

Have fun teaching blind and visually impaired adults your favorite dance style. Salsa, Line, Hip Hop, Ballroom – anything goes! No experience working with visually impaired required. Weekly class times are available Monday through Friday, 10:00 am or 1:00 pm.

Youth Program Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to assist in our fun and active Youth Program. Assist blind and visually impaired youth at both onsite and community activities on select Saturdays, typically 10 am- 2 pm. Volunteers must be at least 18 and high school graduate. No experience working with visually impaired is required. Training will be provided.

Youth Program Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to assist in our fun and active Youth Program. Assist blind and visually impaired youth at both onsite and community activities on select Saturdays, typically 10 am- 2 pm. Volunteers must be at least 18 and high school graduate. No experience working with visually impaired is required. Training will be provided.

Library Volunteer

Assist Library patrons with book orders and general questions, sort our digital book collection and more! Volunteers should be personable, detail oriented and have general computer skills. Various 2-3 hours shifts are available Monday through Friday.

Youth Program Volunteer

Volunteers are needed to assist in our fun and active Youth Program. Assist blind and visually impaired youth at both onsite and community activities on select Saturdays, typically 10 am- 2 pm. Volunteers must be at least 18 and high school graduate. No experience working with visually impaired is required. Training will be provided.

Receptionist

Share your people skills while assisting at our busy  reception area. Duties include answering phones, greeting and assisting students and guests and light clerical work. 12-3 pm shifts are available Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

Beginning French Instructor

Volunteer Instructor is needed to teach a remote Beginning French class to blind and visually impaired adult students. One hour class times are available Monday through Friday.

Translator (Spanish/English)

Bilingual volunteers are needed to translate for our Spanish speaking students so they may fully participate in our classes. Translation is occasionally needed for Low Vision appointments as well.

Creative Arts Instructor

Share your passion for art with our blind and visually impaired students. Painting, ceramics and general crafts instructors are needed. 1.5 hour-long classes meet once a week, Monday through Friday.

Receptionist

Share your people skills while assisting at our busy  reception area. Duties include answering phones, greeting and assisting students and guests and light clerical work. Various shifts are available Monday through Friday.

Ukelele/Guitar Instructor

Share your love of music with our blind and visually impaired students. A beginning guitar and/ukulele instructor is needed. 1.5 hour-long classes meet once a week, Monday through Friday.

Yoga Instructor

Teach beginning yoga to blind and visually impaired adults. We have space, mats and eager students — we just need a teacher! 1.5 hour-long classes meet once a week, Monday through Friday.

CONTACT

Donna Wager
Director of Volunteer Services

(714)-503-2113
dewager@brailleinstitute.org

 

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