Volunteer Opportunities

Clement Chou
Christina Duncan, Recreation Therapist, Sighted Guide Volunteer, Do The Grind Blind Challenge 2017

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Thank you for your interest in Blind Beginnings. Volunteers are essential for us to help BC’s children who are blind or partially sighted reach their full potential.

In 2019, more than 1,739 hours were contributed to our programming, events and administration. Come join our team and make a real difference!

Opportunities:

Volunteer Drivers

Volunteer drivers assist by driving blind or partially sighted staff and volunteers to and from programs, or to gather supplies necessary for programs.  All driving volunteers will be reimbursed for mileage at the going rate.

Time commitment: as needed
Location: various throughout Greater Vancouver
Prerequisites: Volunteer drivers  must have a valid BC Driver’s license and a clean driver’s abstract. They must also have their own vehicle.

Communications Volunteers

Communications volunteers assist with our youth-led newsletter – Limitless News – as well as creating awareness for our programs and events via social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram). There are also opportunities to participate in our Youth Speakers Bureau, assisting with presentations to schools and community groups to promote Blind Beginnings. Communications volunteers must have excellent verbal and written communication skills.

Time commitment: as needed
Location: can be done primarily from home, with occasional meetings at Blind Beginnings office
Prerequisites: Strong skills in written English, access to computer with knowledge of Microsoft Word and Powerpoint

Board Members

Board members are leadership volunteers who must be members of Blind Beginnings. A minimum of 60 percent of our Board must be blind or partially sighted or a family member of a child/youth who is blind or partially sighted.

Time commitment: Board meeting 2 hours once per month plus 1-3 additional hours between meetings
Location: Meetings take place at Blind Beginnings office
Prerequisites: Expertise in fundraising, event planning, accounting, public relations, marketing, human resources, or communications is an asset.

Two Steps to Volunteer

  1. All volunteers interested in working in any of the roles that involve interacting with our members must complete a criminal record check. Only communications, fundraising, and Board member volunteers do not require a criminal record check. Please download our Volunteer Criminal Record Letter to take to your local police station. Be sure to take photo ID with your form. If there is a cost for the criminal record check, save your receipt and Blind Beginnings will reimburse you.
  2. Complete our online Volunteer Application below, then click the Submit button.

Volunteer Application Form