Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering

How old do I have to be to volunteer?
Braille Institute requires volunteers to be 16-years-old or older. For those under the age of 18, we require parent or guardian permission.

What is the length of commitment for volunteering?
Braille Institute asks those volunteering with us to participate in an assigned shift of 1-2 hours a week for at least 3 months.

I have never worked with someone who is visually impaired, can I still volunteer?
Yes! Braille Institute provides training to properly assist and guide visually impaired individuals.

Do I have to know braille to volunteer?
Not at all! Braille Institute offers a variety of classes and services to our students that do not involve braille.

Do I have to be artistic to help in the Art Class?
No, as a Braille Institute Volunteer you are there to act as the student’s eyes and to offer encouragement. They may ask you if they need more glaze on a pottery piece or if the line they have painted is straight.

Where can I volunteer? What would I do?
Please come tour one of Braille Institute’s centers! When you arrive for the tour our volunteer services manager can discuss your interests and the center’s needs at that time.

What is your volunteer to staff ratio?
Braille Institute has approximately 12 volunteers for everyone one staff member.