VOLUNTEER

We make a living by what we get, but a life by what we give.

VOLUNTEERING AT NABA

You can make a big difference. You provide the interest, NABA will provide the opportunity and training where necessary.

Volunteering possibilities at NABA are as diverse as the interests, talents and schedules of our volunteers. The impact of a single task or an ongoing commitment can be direct in the life of an individual who cannot see, or to the organization as a whole.

OUT IN FRONT

One to one - assisting individuals with visual impairments directly by being a friendly visitor - reading mail, books or magazines

Youth Program - Over school breaks and on scheduled Saturdays our Youth Program practices skill-building travels to events and hosts guest presenters on a variety of skills and topics. Volunteer as a chaperone or subject matter expert.

Work Experience and Placement Employment Program - work with our employment specialists to become a mentor or perform mock interviews

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BEHIND THE SCENES

Internal Support - at NABA’s headquarters, projects and tasks, large and small directly assist our participants and staff:

  • Generate informative audio recordings for blind staff members
  • Package informational folders for new participants
  • Create graphics for brochures, social media postings and organizational reports
  • Record, edit and develop videos to highlight services and programs

Annual Events:

Visionary Gala The Annual Visionary Gala benefits NABA’s Youth, Employment and Senior Programs each spring with dinner, dancing, and silent and live auctions. A celebratory event for staff and volunteers from planning to finish.

Golf Tournament – Each year the golf tournament that benefits NABA's Senior Programs is held on the second Monday in September at Wolfert’s Roost Country Club. 18 holes of golf, meals and an auction are a collaborative event of staff and volunteers.

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Ongoing Events:

NABA Blind Artist Society (BAS) - Assist in recruiting new members, researching and booking galleries, assisting with the website for BAS graphic support.

NABA Blind Golfers Association - Be a coach to a golfer who is legally blind.

NABA Youth Programs – The Saturday Series, School break events and Summer programs.

Area Health & Wellness Fairs - weekdays or Saturdays throughout the year, staff a table and provide eye health and NABA information to attendees. A brief training is required.

Interested in general volunteer opportunities, please contact Gail Hessney, Volunteer Coordinator (518) 463-1211 ext. 201.

Interested in youth volunteer opportunities, please contact Senia Fleming, Coordinator of Youth Services (518) 463-1211 ext. 220.

NABA looks forward to hearing from you.

 

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