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Volunteering

At Junior Blind, we value our volunteers. Whether you would like to support our programs, assist with administrative tasks or participate in an annual event with our students, we offer a wide variety of opportunities for all ages. Please see the program list below to find the right opportunity for you!

Corporate, church and social groups are also welcome to sponsor, participate in and support Junior Blind's annual events.

Last year, 932 volunteers contributed a total of 16,607 hours to Junior Blind's programs, services and events. Your time and support are invaluable to our organization. Thank you for choosing to support us.

On-Campus Volunteer Opportunities by Program

After School Enrichment Program
Volunteers placed in the After School Enrichment Program must be at least 18 years of age. State licensing also requires a current fingerprint clearance certification and TB test; therefore we recommend that only volunteers interested in a long-term, regular volunteer commitment apply. Volunteers will assist staff with recreational activities, meals, and homework.

Volunteer Hours are 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday


Children's Residential Program
Volunteers placed in the Children's Residential Program must be at least 18 years of age and have previous experience working with individuals with serious or life-threatening medical conditions and serious mental health challenges who are impacted by the foster care system. State licensing also requires a current fingerprint clearance certification and TB test; therefore we recommend that only volunteers interested in a long-term, regular volunteer commitment apply.

Volunteer Hours are 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Monday-Friday


Children's Group Homes
Volunteers placed in the Children's Group Homes must be at least 18 years of age and have previous experience working with individuals who are multi-disabled. State licensing also requires a current fingerprint clearance certification and TB test; therefore we recommend that only volunteers interested in a long-term, regular volunteer commitment apply.

Volunteer Hours are 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Monday-Friday


Special Education School
Volunteers placed in the Special Education School Program must be at least 18 years of age and have previous experience working with individuals who are multi-disabled as this is a non-academic school which focuses on independent livings skills. State licensing also requires a current fingerprint clearance certification and TB test; therefore we recommend that only volunteers interested in a long-term, regular volunteer commitment apply.

Available times are from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (4-hour minimum required).


Davidson Program for Independence
Volunteers placed in the Davidson Program for Independence must be at least 18 years of age. State licensing also requires a current fingerprint clearance certification and TB test; therefore we recommend that only volunteers interested in a long-term, regular volunteer commitment apply.

Available times are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday-Friday (4-hour minimum required). Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Classroom Assistants for the Adaptive Computer Technology and Braille Classrooms. Volunteers must be proficient with adaptive computer software and Braille.
  • Classroom Assistants for the Independent Living Skills Classroom, assisting staff with instructing students on how to manage their homes safely and effectively.
  • We welcome volunteers who are interested in organizing and hosting arts and crafts, music or recreation activities for our students. (Due to class schedules, this is an evening option.)

Events
Junior Blind has events throughout the year where individuals under the age of 18 can volunteer. 

  • Junior Blind Olympics: May (ages 16+)
  • Junior Blind Halloween Carnival: October (ages 16+)
  • Junior Blind Holiday Carnival: December (ages 16+)

 Goalball and Tandem Bike Programs

Volunteer opportunities are available in our Goalball and Tandem Bike programs for volunteers 16 years of age and older.

  • Program runs Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. from October-April at the campus of Junior Blind.
  • Note: Tandem Bike volunteers must be very responsible, mature, and have extensive experience riding a bike.

General Office Work

Opportunities for volunteers ages 15 years and older are available throughout the year in our administrative and development departments. Available times are from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.,
Monday-Friday, on an as needed basis. Opportunities include but are not limited to:

  • Mailings (stuffing envelopes, labeling, etc.)
  • Data entry (must be proficient in Excel)
  • Filing and paper shredding

 

Off-Campus Volunteer Opportunities

Camp Bloomfield
Summer opportunities are available at Camp Bloomfield for youth under 18 years of age and include:

  • Counselors in Training (CIT) (grades 9th through 12th)

For more information, contact Wendy Barajas (323) 295-4555 x270 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

  • Sighted Buddies (grades 2nd through 8th)

For more information, contact Yesenia Rivas (323) 295-4555 x238 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Both Counselors in Training and Sighted Buddies will be required to stay the entire week (including overnight) during their designated camp session. Counselors in Training will need to attend an additional mandatory weekend session for training purposes.


Visions: Adventures in Learning
Chaperone opportunities are available for Visions trips for volunteers over 18 years of age. Current fingerprint clearance certificate and TB test are required. Becau8se of the nature and location of the trips, volunteers must have previous volunteer experience with at least one of Junior Blind's recreation programs.

Adventure trips include, but are not limited to:

  • Hiking, biking and rock-climbing
  • Ski trips
  • Lake and river trips
  • Overnight camping trips
  • Trips to Amusement Parks
 

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