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Volunteer

Message  for our Volunteers on the changes we have made during the Coronavirus crisis

Help those who are Blind or have Low Vision:

A volunteer reading to a visually impaired person

Volunteering for MABVI is a unique opportunity to volunteer with someone who is blind or visually impaired. Volunteering is usually once a week for 2-3 hours, or once every other week for 2-3 hours.

To be matched with a consumer, prospective volunteers must:

  • Complete an online application and choose from a list of tasks you are willing to help with, (volunteers can choose to help with more than one task)
  • Take a virtual training
  • Have a brief interview with the Volunteer Department Staff

Click here to view MABVI volunteer safety guidelines.

Below is a list of tasks volunteers can choose to help with:

Reading Mail/Clerical Tasks (Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult)

Volunteering is a great way to help a neighbor stay up to date on all information, bills, and correspondence. Volunteers can help sort, organize, and pay bills by opening and reading mail to consumers. This can be done in person where volunteers and consumers are required to meet outside, and stay 6 feet apart. (See safety guidelines for full details).   This can also be done virtually if a consumer and volunteer has the capability to use a platform such as Zoom or FaceTime.

Grocery Shopping/Community Errands (Volunteers must be 18 or older)

Available to run a few errands for someone in need? During the COVID-19 crisis, we are advising all consumers to order groceries online. However, some consumers are unable to utilize online delivery services, and often there are large backlogs to ordering online. MABVI will connect volunteers who are willing and able to grocery shop for consumers. The volunteer will collect funds, purchase groceries, and deliver groceries in a contact-free way.

Volunteers can buy medicines and study the instructions and the schedule of admission.

TeleFriends (volunteers must be 18 or older)

In this role, volunteers provide consumer companionship. Many consumers feel isolated and would like to connect with someone over the phone once a week. The program will connect a volunteer and consumer as TeleFriends. The volunteer will call and check-in on the consumer, chat, and provide companionship via phone. With the TeleFriends program, we hope to alleviate the feeling of social isolation and create friendships that will last a lifetime.

Ready to make an impact and help a neighbor in need? Complete this inquiry form and a member of the volunteer team will reach out to you with the next steps.

Escorted Medical Transportation- Worcester County Only- (Must be 18 or older, and have a car)

Drivers use their own vehicles and accompany the individual into the doctor’s office as requested. Volunteers are required to sanitize vehicles before and after driving a consumer, wear a mask, and have the consumer sit in the back seat. (See full safety guidelines for details). A small stipend is provided to help cover the gas and mileage costs. Interested in being a medical escort? Complete this inquiry form and a member of the Worcester team will reach out to you with next steps.  

If you have specific questions please reach out to the volunteer department:

Eastern MA: Alexandra Maggio at amaggio@mabcommunity.org

Central and Western MA: Neejaa Edmonds at nedmonds@mabcommunity.org

Read more about adults who are blind or visually impaired in need of sighted volunteers. (this list represents a small percentage of our consumers waiting to be matched, volunteers are not guaranteed to be matched with the people on this list.)