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For Current Volunteers

If you are a current volunteer working with a client, in our Palo Alto office or in the Store, please select the following link to report your service hours.    Your log-in is your email address.   

https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/?FROM=23923

For Potential Volunteers

When you volunteer at Vista Center, you can make a meaningful difference in the life of someone who is blind or visually impaired. 

To apply, please select the following link for an application: https://www.volgistics.com/ex/portal.dll/ap?AP=440441495

To contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Alice McGrath, please email her at volunteer@vistacenter.org or call 650-858-0202 x 130.

Volunteers attend an on-site, informative, interactive orientation and training seminar.  Below are some of our volunteer opportunities.   

Client Partner Program

Direct support of our clients is Vista Center’s most popular volunteer program. Meet a few times a month with someone affected by a visual impairment. Depending on what is needed, you might be reading aloud, helping with mail, going on walks, running errands or just having a friendly visit. We match you with a client based on your region and interests.  A 6-month commitment is requested.

Accessibility Team Member

With an additional 8 hours of volunteer training, and under the direction of the Volunteer Coordinator and Rehabilitation Staff, volunteers conduct home visits to help clients develop filing/tracking systems, program phones, and/or label appliances. If you have experience, education, or an interest in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Social Services, this opportunity will be a perfect fit. This type of work is dependent upon client needs. A 6-month commitment is requested.

Volunteer On-call

Periodically, a client needs help with a home project such as unpacking or figuring out a complicated form. We can also use assistance now and again with delivering adaptive aids including canes and cane tips to clients.

Office On-call

Are you a computer or collating whiz? We often need help with mailings, updating computer files, or other office work.

Palo Alto Store

The Store at Vista Center is stocked with a variety of products that can help people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy and lead more independent lives. Products include color contrast and/or talking watches and clocks, replacement canes, lighting and magnification aids, cooking aids, large print calendars and address books, and games. Assist customers in finding just the right product. M-F days. Training is provided and a 6-month commitment is requested.

Event Support

Do you enjoy meeting new people and helping with events?  All three of Vista Center’s summer fundraising events - Woof to Woof, Vintage Affaire and the Menlo Charity Horse Show - are planned and staffed by community volunteers. We would love to have your help with these important events.

Translators

Many different languages are spoken in the Bay Area. If you are fluent in English and another language, you can serve as a translator for our staff.

Youth Volunteers

Are you age 16 to 18? Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired relies on enthusiastic volunteers like you for occasional help with youth events. If interested, please email Paul Raskin at praskin@vistacenter.org with your name, phone number, age and school. We’ll keep your information on file and contact you when opportunities arise.

Volunteer Newsletter September 2012