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 support our organization in other ways. Volunteers must be at least 16 years of age and will need to complete all required paperwork and tasks during volunteer onboarding (including background and reference checks). After completing the required paperwork, all volunteers will go through a formal orientation where they will learn Human Guide Training and blindness etiquette, go on a building tour, and receive one-on-one instruction from their supervisor. We are asking volunteers to commit to at least 3 hours of service once a week for a minimum of four months.
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the opportunities listed below, please complete and submit the “Volunteer Application Form” linked below. If you have questions about these opportunities, please contact Angelina Todaro (email@example.com).
Corporate Group Opportunities
[1 DAY EVENT]
Are you part of a corporate team with an interest and drive to make a difference? Come spend a day with us at The Carroll Center for the Blind! Based on your availability and group size and interests, we will work with you to develop the perfect day for your team. Opportunities to help us in our work may involve beautifying our campus, supporting events, assisting us with client activities, or sharing valuable professional knowledge with our clients and staff! We’ll also ensure your team knows their efforts are helping us make students more confident and independent! Either way, we will have a fun and inspirational day planned for your team to give back!
Summer Youth Program Activities Assistant (July through August 2022)
Apply today to be a Summer Youth Program Activities Assistant volunteer to a Carroll Center student. Volunteers will participate in our summer youth programs with teenagers who are blind or visually impaired. Our summer students participate in various activities both on our Newton campus and on local outings. Some examples might include archery, arts and crafts, sports, music, water fun, cooking and so much more!
Commitment required: the duration of the summer program.
Now accepting applicants! The deadline to apply is Wednesday, June 22nd
The Carroll Store
As a Carroll Store volunteer, you’ll wait on customers, fill orders, stock shelves, and organize exhibits.
Operations / Administrative Support / Reception Desk
Do you enjoy working on multiple projects at a time? Operations and Administrative Support volunteers have the opportunity to learn about the various departments in our organization and how they support each other. This role involves tasks related to supporting clients and unique projects that will allow for smooth operations. The volunteer will complete these administrative tasks while sitting at our front reception desk. At times, they may be asked to help greet visitors or guests and provide them with direction on where to go on campus.
Historical Data Cataloging / Recording
[REMOTE / FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING]
The Carroll Center for the Blind has deep historical roots and we would like your help preserving and reviving interesting records and stories. Historical Data Cataloging / Recording volunteers will scan and catalog old documents and photos dating back to when Father Carroll founded our organization.
Dining Hall (Lunch & Dinner)
[WEEKDAY, 12:00 P.M. TO 1:00 P.M. OR 5:00 P.M. TO 6:00 P.M.]
All clients’ meals are served daily in our dining hall. Dining Hall volunteers will serve as dining hall monitors, where their duties will include:
- Assisting students in obtaining their meal trays.
- Safely navigating the room.
- Returning their trays to the serving area.
A mobility instructor will provide training on proper techniques for assisting. This position will be coupled with additional responsibilities after or before lunch/dinner is served.
Grounds or Maintenance
[WEEKDAY, 1 DAY A WEEK AT MINIMUM]
This is the perfect role for those looking to perform hands-on tasks on campus. For example, this may include tasks related to improving the grounds, painting, or doing small repairs.
[WEEKEND, 12:00 P.M. TO 2:00 P.M. *WEATHER PERMITTING]
Do you enjoy getting some fresh air and exercise? If so, this is the perfect opportunity for you. Come help the clients with lunch service (12:00 P.M. to 1:00 P.M.) and then go for a walk around the area afterward. You’ll get the chance to socialize with our clients while also exploring the local community. Could walk to get an ice cream or a coffee nearby too!
[WEEKDAY LATE AFTERNOON / EVENING OR WEEKEND]
Looking for those with a green thumb! Come socialize with our clients and help them plant bulbs, flowers and various plants on campus.
Share your Talent!
[WEEKDAY EVENING OR WEEKEND]
Do you have a unique talent or skill you’d like to share with our clients? Do you play the guitar and are interested in performing in front of our clients? Do you teach yoga or meditation? We’d love to have you organize a club for our clients!
Sighted Guide Sailors (June through September 2022)
Enjoy free sailing while sharing your love of sailing with those who are blind or visually impaired! We are looking for Sighted Guide volunteers with sailing experience to help blind and visually impaired persons learn the sport of sailing. The Carroll Center runs a weekly, Saturday morning recreational sailing program, called SailBlind, at Community Boating Inc. in Boston. New Guides will be shown methods for guiding a blind sailor and must demonstrate adequate sailing skills. If you are interested in being a sighted guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
5K and Walk for Independence
Each year, the Carroll Center for the Blind hosts the 5K and Walk for Independence, an event that raises funds and awareness for the Carroll Center. The 10th annual 5K and Walk for Independence will take place in person on Saturday, May 14, 2022, at the Mount Ida Campus of UMass Amherst. There are many ways to volunteer, including registration, route cheerleaders, food station, kids activities, setup/breakdown, sighted guide, water station and more! View the full list of 5K and Walk for Independence volunteer opportunities. Registration for our 2022 Walk is now closed. Please check back in the winter for updates.