Frequently Asked Questions About Volunteering

What can I do as a volunteer? How do I get started?

Check out the available volunteer opportunities at the center nearest you. If something matches your skills and interest, fill out and submit a Volunteer Application, and someone from our Volunteer Services Department will contact you.

Do I need experience working with people who are blind or visually impaired to volunteer?

No experience is necessary. If you are selected as a volunteer, we will give you a thorough orientation to vision loss and training in how to properly assist and guide people who are visually impaired.

Do I need to know braille to volunteer?

Not at all. Braille Institute offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities, and most do not involve braille reading and writing.

What is the length of commitment for volunteering?

Braille Institute asks those volunteering with us to commit to an assigned shift, typically 2 hours per week, for at least 3 months.

Is there an age requirement to volunteer?

Braille Institute volunteers must be at least 18 years old.

Will I need a background check to volunteer?

Yes, if you are selected as a volunteer, you will need to be fingerprinted and cleared before you begin your assignment.

Is there a COVID-19 vaccination requirement to volunteer?

Braille Institute requires proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to volunteer in person. Volunteers who have a remote assignment, and do not work in person with students or staff, are not required to be vaccinated. Please read our April 2022 ReOpening Plan protocols for volunteers.