Three girls volunteering at the annual children's holiday party - dressed as elves and having a good timeVolunteers are absolutely critical to the work we do at Lighthouse International. The Lighthouse was founded in 1905 by volunteers Winifred and Edith Holt, who envisioned a brighter future for people without sight. More than 100 years later, we now have a family of over 2,500 volunteers who continue their legacy. And we have a wealth of volunteer opportunities that range from reading services to helping teens in our youth programs. Last year, Lighthouse volunteers contributed an unprecedented 46, 415 hours of service! Below is a general list of the volunteer opportunities we offer. Click here to view the current list of open volunteer positions.

Volunteer Opportunities

Commitment

Available Times

Creative Services - Volunteers proficient in select desktop publishing programs provide graphic design services on special projects; skilled photographers assist with photo documentation of Lighthouse programs, services, and special events; writers assist with developing or editing content for various Lighthouse communications. Apply online.

Occasionally

Weekdays, Evenings,
Weekends

Internships -- Student interns provide staffing support in Lighthouse departments and learn a number of technical,administrative and project management skills.Internships are unpaid and available to high school, college and graduate students. Apply online.

Multiple Days/

Week

Weekdays

Sales Associate -- Volunteers provide customer service and assistance to patrons in The Lighthouse Store and assist them with making selections and finalizing their purchases. Apply online.

Weekly

Weekdays
Any hours
10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Music School -- Volunteers serve as teaching assistants to the classroom instructors in the Comprehensive Music Program for Young People. They also serve as sighted guides for the students providing traveling assistance at the Lighthouse and during field trips. Apply online.

Weekly

Saturdays
10 a.m. -- 2 p.m.

Office Assistant -- Volunteers provide administrative support on projects, programs and services. Tasks include clerical, reception and computer work. Knowledge of Microsoft Office is helpful but not always required. Apply online.

Weekly,
Occasionally

Monday-
Saturday

POSH Fashion Sale -- Volunteers assist with planning and preparing for this annual spring fashion fundraiser year-round. Before the sale, volunteers solicit, sort and price merchandise. During the sale, volunteers assist with sales, pack merchandise, replenish inventory and organize the sales floor. After the sale, volunteers assist with break down and clean up and begin planning for next year's event. Apply online.

Weekly,
Occasionally

Weekdays,
Evening,
Saturdays
Hours vary

Reading Services -- Volunteers read to adults who are blind or visually impaired. Reading materials cover a wide range of topics and support the client's academic,employment, leisure or personal reading needs. Clients provide their reading materials and sessions last for two hours. Volunteers must be able to speak clearly and read at a college level. Apply online.

Weekly
Or
On-call

Weekdays,
Evenings, &
Saturdays

Special Events -- Volunteers assist with guest registration, product or information distribution,staffing, act as sighted guides and help to ensure the event runs smoothly. Events include, but are not limited to, movie screenings, annual Children's Holiday Festival, seminars and guest lectures. Apply online.

Occasionally

Weekdays,
Evenings,
Saturdays

Young Leadership Committee (YLC) -- YLC is a volunteer leadership group committed to supporting Lighthouse International's mission-related services for the vision impaired. Consisting of young professionals,the YLC recruits motivated candidates from diverse backgrounds and industries who are eager to take on a leadership role in fundraising activities associated with Lighthouse and are interested in volunteer leadership opportunities within the organization. Apply online.

Occasionally

Every second
Wednesday of
the month

Youth Programs -- Volunteers assist instructors in recreational, educational, and social programs for youth between the ages of 7-18 who are visually impaired. The program allows volunteers to utilize their artistic, athletic, computer, and writing abilities. Requires two reference letters and experience interacting with youth. Apply online.

1-3 Days / Month
(October - June)

1Day/Week
9 a.m. - 3 p.m. or 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.

Saturdays
Summer

 

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