Are you interested in volunteering with one of the oldest and most reputable blind services agencies in the nation? Would you like to be part of an organization whose mission is to not only foster self-sufficiency and independence amongst blind and low vision individuals, but also to impact the blind community at large through a continuum of positive, meaningful, and life-changing experiences?

No matter where your interests lie, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired offers volunteer opportunities that mobilize and inspire people to help build a stronger, more vibrant, and more inclusive blind community. LightHouse takes great pride in creating volunteer opportunities that leverage the myriad talents, interests, experiences, and overall altruism of our diverse volunteer corps. We firmly believe that through civic engagement we all become agents of change.

LightHouse volunteers are dedicated people like yourself coming together to invest their time, energy, and resources in order to exact positive change within the blind community. LightHouse volunteers are trained to lead well managed projects, programs, and activities that build upon our community assets, meet our community needs, and provide volunteers with a positive experience to ensure a lifelong commitment to community service.

For more information about LightHouse’s volunteer program, please contact Justine Harris-Richburgh, Volunteer Coordinator at 1altruism@lighthouse-sf.org or 415.694.7366.

Download a copy of our Volunteer Handbook:

LightHouse for the Blind- Volunteer Handbook (PDF)

LightHouse for the Blind- Volunteer Handbook in Spanish (DOCX)

LightHouse for the Blind- Volunteer Handbook (Accessible Version)




Personal Services Volunteer Request
Are you an individual who believes the simplest pleasures in life sometimes have the most profound impact? Do you prefer to work with people in a one-to-one capacity, rather than in large groups, or on large projects? More importantly, would you like to make a significant contribution to the life a blind or low vision person in as little as two hours per week?

If so, you may be interested in LightHouse’s Personal Services Volunteer (PSV) program. Some examples of the daily living tasks our clients may need assistance with are: Reading Mail; Reading Books, Newspapers, Periodicals; Writing checks, letters, correspondences; Organization/Marking/Labeling; Grocery shopping with client; Grocery shopping without client; Errands; Cultural, Social, Sporting Events; Walking (**PSVs are not the same as Fitness Partners. Please inquire with LightHouse about our Fitness Partner Program); Companionship; Transportation.

For more information about LightHouse’s Personal Services Volunteer program, or any other questions related to volunteerism at LightHouse, please contact Justine Harris-Richburgh, Volunteer Coordinator at 415.694.7366 x366 or 1altruism@lighthouse-sf.org.


Position Title/Project: On-Call Volunteer Driver (Adult and Youth Programs)
Department: Community Services
Overview of Assignment: Help shuttle blind and low vision students, LightHouse staff, and other volunteers to and from events and activities throughout the greater Bay Area. The shuttle buses, provided by the LightHouse for the Blind, can seat anywhere from 10-28 people. Driver must have a valid Class B Driver’s License and a clean driving record. A background check and copy of your DMV driving record are required. Any additional training will be provided by the LightHouse for the Blind.
Description of Task(s): Safely transport blind and low vision individuals to and from various activities throughout the Bay Area. Some trips may include overnight stays. Additional, minor volunteer tasks may be requested on some outings.
Required or Preferred Skills/Attributes/Qualifications: Driver must have a valid Class B Driver’s License and a clean driving record. A background check and copy of your DMV driving record are required. Although LightHouse vehicles are fully insured, additional proof of insurance highly preferred. Previous experience driving shuttle buses helpful.
Dates/Times Volunteer Needed: Position is on-call, on-going.
Length of Assignment: On-going
On-Site Contact Person: Justine Harris-Richburgh, Volunteer Coordinator, 1altruism@lighthouse-sf.org
Location: Varies
Number of Volunteers Needed: 1-2
Good Match for: Persons 55+

Position: Clerical
Department: Access to Information Services Dept. (AIS)
Overview of Assignment: Support Access to Information Services Dept. (AIS) in production of alternate formats (braille and audio)
Primary Responsibilities: bursting braille, collating, stapling/binding, labeling, Shipping & Receiving. Occasionally burning/duplicating CD’s. Other duties as assigned.
Time Commitment: 2-3 hours per week would be ideal. (Some weeks less, other weeks more).
Work Location(s): 214 Van Ness
Work Conditions: office setting
Number of Volunteers Needed: 2-3 / may change as needs change
Immediate Supervisors: Greg Kehret
Agency Expectations of Volunteer: If working on a fixed schedule, let us know ASAP if you can’t make it. If working on flexible schedule, check-in weekly to plan which projects need to be done.

Position: Cycle for Sight
Start Date: April 18, 2015
Project Description: Cycle4Sight is a premium fundraising event for Enchanted Hills Camp located in beautiful Napa County. Every year, for the past 20 years, it attracts over 2,500 enthusiastic participants of all ages and abilities at the benefit and support for two amazing programs: Enchanted Hills Camp for The Blind & Visually Impaired and the California Veterans “Pathways Home Project and just generally having a great time enjoying music, wine tasting and comradery all while gifting time for amazing causes.
Time Commitment: 7:00am – 10:00am shift or noon – 3pm shift
Work Location(s): Justin Sienna High School in Napa
Work Conditions: Outside, some shade, could be hot, cold or raining (hope not). Layers would be a smart move.
Primary Responsibilities: Outside, some shade, could be hot, cold or raining (hope not). Layers would be a smart move.
Number of Volunteers Needed: 4 / may change as needs change
Qualifications: Friendliness (even at 7:00am)

Community Services Classroom Instructors

Would you like to share your expertise, interests, creativity, hobbies, and experience with others? LightHouse for the Blind’s Community Services Department is always looking for classroom instructors to lead educational and enriching workshops, projects, and/or ongoing programs for our adult, senior, and youth programs. Whether it be health and wellness, recreation and leisure, or science and technology, LightHouse’s Volunteer Department will often work with individuals and groups to customize—and optimize—their volunteer experience.

For more information about becoming a Community Services Classroom Instructor, please contact Justine Harris-Richburgh, Volunteer Coordinator at 415.694.7366 or 1altruism@lighthouse-sf.org.