Volunteer Your Time
I’m a recent graduate of the University of Windsor’s Biological Sciences and Psychology program. Upon graduating, I found myself with additional time to give back to my community.
I’ve had several loved ones affected by vision loss, providing me with insight into the unique hardships individuals with vision loss face. This motivated me to support these individuals by becoming a CNIB Vision Mate.
The staff at CNIB matched me with a client based on my interests, what services I am comfortable providing, and how often I am able to provide them. This commitment is very flexible, permitting me to schedule meetings with my client to fit both of our dynamic schedules. Additionally, CNIB encourages open communication to ensure that both the Vision Mate and client are happy and comfortable with their arrangement.
It has been seven months since I was matched with my client, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my experience and the relationship we’ve developed. I offer my client assistance with sighted tasks, such as reading the mail, and the opportunity to practice independent living skills, such as walking with a white cane. Although there are many technological advances that facilitate functional living with visual impairments, I’ve realized that nothing can replace the social interactions that are often damaged with vision loss. Therefore, I feel as though the most important thing that I offer my client is companionship, and I recommend becoming a Vision Mate to anyone who’s looking for a fulfilling and flexible volunteer experience.
Our value statement on Volunteerism:
CNIB Volunteers are a respected and integral part of the team, working together towards a common goal: to enrich and enhance the lives of Canadians who are blind or partially sighted.
Sharing their time and a wealth of knowledge, skills and abilities, volunteers are meaningfully engaged in leadership, client support, advocacy, public education, philanthropy and administration.
We recognize and embrace the contributions and impact of our volunteers.
Our flagship volunteer program
is the Vision Mate program. Vision Mates provide one-on-one sighted assistance to people in their communities who are blind or partially sighted. To find out more, watch this short clip
In 2014, we conducted a national volunteer satisfaction survey
. Overall, 93% of survey respondents were satisfied with their volunteer experience. For more results, read the summary report and recommendations
Browse through our site to find out why and how to become a volunteer. Or, if you can't wait to get started - fill out an online application form