Volunteer

Current Volunteer Opportunities at The Sight Center

Reception: Answering the phones, triaging calls to the appropriate staff member, greeting and seating guest and clients.

Direct Services: These volunteers assist clients with clerical tasks such as balancing checkbooks, writing checks for monthly bills, reading and answering mail.

Events: Fundraising volunteers are called upon to help raise money for the Center through a variety of activities.

Support Group: These volunteers assist our clients in and out of the building and work with them on craft projects and lunch.

Intake/low vision interviews: Volunteers collect personal information, insurance cards, etc. at the beginning of low vision appointments.

Shopping: Clients of all ages may request volunteers to accompany them shopping for groceries or personal items. A volunteer shopper helps locate items, describes the selections, indicates prices and points out new products that may be of interest. Some volunteers provide sighted guide services and take clients shopping, others shop for clients and deliver groceries to the home.

Preschool Vision Screening: These trained volunteers visit daycare and preschool throughout a seven county region to screen children for a variety of conditions that can be corrected if caught early.

Other (Future) Opportunities:

  • Leisure Time – Several hours each week volunteers could participate one-on-one or in small groups in activities that include board games, indoor gardening, crafts and bowling. Volunteers may also escort clients on excursions to local points of interest and occasionally to athletic or cultural events. Some events may be in the evening or on weekends.
  • Motor Corp – Volunteers provide transportation for clients to various destinations such as doctor’s offices, the airport, or train or bus stations. On the road, volunteers would be covered by the Center’s general liability policy as secondary coverage. Volunteer drivers must be at least 21 years old and have ample liability and medical insurance coverage.
  • Readers – Volunteers could read correspondence, exams, newspapers and other publications to clients. Employed persons may request readers to help them keep up to date on current material in their field.

For more information on how to volunteer, contact Penny Ohmer at pennyo@sightcenternwpa.org