Volunteer Your Time
Volunteers play a crucial role at Carroll Center for the Blind. We welcome volunteers who would like to work directly with clients as well as those who prefer to help with administrative work. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age, agree to a CORI check, and attend an orientation session before participating in Carroll Center activities.
Summer Youth Program Activities Assistant
Apply today to be a Volunteer Activities Assistant to a Carroll Center Camper. Volunteers will participate in our summer youth programs with teenagers who are blind both on our campus in Newton and on field trips in the Greater Boston area. Our students participate in various activities and field trips from archery, rock climbing, canoeing, amusement parks, arts & crafts and so much more. Click here to fill out the Volunteer Activities Assistant application form.
The Carroll Store
Join our Carroll Store team where you will wait on customers, fill orders, stock shelves, and organize exhibits.
All our students’ meals are served daily in our dining hall. Volunteers will serve as dining hall monitors, where their duties will include assisting students to obtain their meal trays, safely navigate the room, and return their trays to the serving area. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday from 12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M. Consider additional time in either The Carroll Store or with administrative support.
Do you enjoy taking things apart and fixing them? The Carroll Center is looking for volunteers to assist with cleaning and maintaining our braillers. If you are mechanically inclined and have time to give, we would love to talk to you about this volunteer opportunity.
Grounds or Maintenance
Corporate groups, college students and civic organizations often volunteer for a day or more to help improve the grounds of the campus, paint or do small repairs in our buildings.
If you have a few daytime hours during the week, consider helping our staff with the various administrative duties around the Center, including; answering phones, performing data entry, maintaining files and assembling packets.
Volunteers who have a specific experience in teaching individuals who are blind, in braille, or in assistive technology are invited to share their expertise as a volunteer.
Sighted Guide Sailors
To help blind and visually impaired persons learn the art and science of sailing, the Carroll Center runs a Saturday recreational sailing program called SailBlind. Experienced sighted sailors are always needed as Guides. Enjoy free sailing in Boston while sharing your love of sailing! New Guides will be shown methods for guiding a blind sailor and must demonstrate adequate sailing skills.
Special Event Volunteers
Throughout the year, The Carroll Center for the Blind hosts several special events to raise funds and awareness to support our mission. Annual events, like our Walk for INDEPENDENCE, require substantial volunteer involvement to ensure that they are a huge success. Volunteers are needed for event set-up & breakdown, greeting, registering, helping with family activities, and other miscellaneous tasks.
These events are great one-time or on-call volunteer opportunities that can accommodate individuals, groups, or corporate teams.