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Personal Services Volunteer Request

LightHouse Volunteer Recognition Party Brings out Old and New Friends

Every year LightHouse recognizes our volunteers of the previous year. Last month we celebrated by hosting a gathering at Thirsty Bear Brewing Company, a well-loved San Francisco restaurant and bar. Over 55 volunteers and their friends and loved ones spent time together sharing stories, joined in honoring group and individual efforts, while enjoying first-rate Spanish food and refreshing beverages and an exciting raffle. Below are some photos from the event.

We are so grateful for the dedication of all our volunteers. If you’d like to volunteer contact Volunteer Coordinator Justine Harris-Richburgh at 415-694-7320 or volunteer@lighthouse-sf.orgVolunteer Coordinator Justine Harris-Richburgh.Molly Irish and Alice BrayKate Williams and Sara Hadsell

Longtime Enchanted Hills camper and volunteer fundraiser Joyce Cid enjoying the event

Lisamaria Martinez hands crystal recognition award to volunteer Cheri Colmenares, who has volunteered for both our Employment Immersion Program and our Development Department

Board members chat with LightHouse staff (l to r Christ Downey, Kate Williams, Josh Miele, Rosa Downey, Julie McCarthy)

A North Coast Couple Who Volunteers in Myriad Ways

Professional photographer Lorraine Miller-Wolf’s photo exhibition features images of North Coast residents who participated in one of LightHouse’s Changing Vision Changing Life Immersion sessions at Enchanted Hills Camp. This evocative group of photos is currently located on the second floor of the Humboldt Senior Resource Center, in the same building that houses LightHouse of the North Coast.

Lorraine grew up in Southern California and moved north to finish her schooling at Humboldt State University. She met Richard Wolf, her husband of 28 years, through a friend. Richard, originally from Ohio, is a retired nephrologist (a doctor that specializes in kidney care and treating diseases of the kidneys.) Lorraine originally connected with LightHouse of the North Coast Services Coordinator Ali Lee to see if LightHouse could provide services for her mother. Later Lorraine experienced a detached retina which was repaired with surgery. Both these experiences brought home to the couple the desire to give back to the blindness community.

In 2011 Richard volunteered as our Kids Camp doctor. Both Lorraine and Richard attended the May 2013 week-long Immersion intensive which attracted students from as far north as Crescent City and as far south as Gilroy. Richard continued his role as camp doctor while Lorraine volunteered as the camp photographer and yoga class assistant.

Ali Lee said, “The brand of volunteerism Lorraine and Richard provide LightHouse comes from long and deep commitments to the local community and we’re to have gotten to know them. She’s the professional photographer, with a penchant for curating photographic exhibits for non-profits and exploring tactile art forms. He’s the doctor, carrying an iPad, with a penchant for recumbent cycling and bee keeping. And they have inspired another Eureka doctor, nephrologist Dr. Alan Mathew, to volunteer at Enchanted Hills Camp this summer.”

Lorraine Miller-Wolf and Richard Wolf at Arches National Park, Utah in May 2013










This summer both Lorraine and Richard will volunteer again for the June Immersion Training, alongside other mentor-teachers. Their expertise will complement instruction by assistive technology specialists, braille teachers, Orientation & Mobility Specialists and Vision Rehabilitation Therapists.

Several years ago Lorraine curated, on behalf of LightHouse of the North Coast, an exhibition of artwork by local blind and low vision artists called “Modified Acuity” and both Lorraine and the artists participated in Arts Alive, in Old Town Eureka. Lorraine’s current exhibition of photographs from our Immersion session, including the photos shown below, will be on display at the Humboldt Senior Resource Center through June. The photographs feature people being introduced to braille, adaptive kitchen skills, blindness technology, and walking at Enchanted Hills with their white canes. The close-ups show hands reading, vision rehabilitation teachers instructing, mentors guiding, and people laughing. The photographs exemplify what Lorraine describes as “each person blossoming” within the intensive learning environment in rural Napa. As thoughtful artifacts, these photographs are evidence of the potentials of the immersion training experience.

Lorraine told us, “If even one person becomes aware of the work the LightHouse does it will be worthwhile.” The exhibition then moves to the Mad River Community Hospital during July and August. Lorraine’s work can also be viewed online at www.millerwolf.com. Contact her at lorraine@millerwolf.com or 707-633-5006.

New to Vision Loss? Sign Up for Our September Immersive Training Session
Our next Changing Vision Changing Life Immersion Training at Enchanted Hills will be held September 7 through 13. If you are interested in joining us please contact Rehabilitation Counselor Debbie Bacon at dbacon@lighthouse-sf.org or 415-694-7357. Those in the North Coast phone 707-268-5646 or email northcoastinfo@lighthouse-sf.org.

Here are two photos from Lorraine’s photo exhibition, which can be currently seen at Humboldt Senior Resource Center, which is also the location of LightHouse of the North Coast.

Students Rudy Borja and Sharon Sutherland hug (photo, Lorraine Miller-Wolf)

hands on braille (photo, Lorraine Miller-Wolf)

Bringing Active People Together – LightHouse Personal Services/Fitness Partners Volunteer Program

Sign that says, “Become a Volunteer Today!”

Have you been looking for a way to foster positive change in your life? In addition to all of the other services we provide for blind and low vision folks, the LightHouse has an exceptional Personal Services Volunteer Program, where we match those able to help with those needing assistance with tasks such as going over paperwork, organizing their home or going to the grocery store. And if you are finally ready to “get your fitness on” and looking for someone to walk, run, bicycle or other exercise with, the LightHouse can pair you with a Fitness Partner.

Make a difference in somebody’s life. Contact Volunteer Coordinator Justine Harris-Richburgh at 415-694-7320 or volunteer@lighthouse-sf.org to be paired with a Personal Service Volunteer or Fitness Partner today.

Become a Special Personal Services Volunteer

A volunteer looks on as a LightHouse client works on an art projectAre 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? The LightHouse’s Personal Services Volunteer (PSV) program may be just the right fit for you.

Some examples of the daily living tasks our clients may need assistance with are: reading mail; reading books, newspapers and periodicals; writing checks, helping with letters and correspondence; organization/marking/labeling; grocery shopping with or without the client; running errands; cultural, social, sporting events; walking; companionship; transportation.

LightHouse Volunteer Don Franklin once said: “The selfless act of helping someone else, without looking for reciprocation, allows you to move outside yourself and to ‘pay it forward’ in your own community without expecting remuneration. I think I grow as a human being with every person I work with.”

For more information about LightHouse’s Personal Services Volunteer program, or any other questions related to volunteerism at LightHouse, please contact Justine Harris-Richburgh, Coordinator of Volunteer Services and Employment Immersion, at 415-694-7320 or volunteer@lighthouse-sf.org

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? More importantly, would you like to make a significant contribution to the life of a blind or low-vision person in as little as two hours per week?

If so, you may be interested in becoming a Personal Services volunteer. Our clients may need assistance with: reading mail, books, newspapers and periodicals; writing checks, letters and correspondence; home organization such as marking or labeling; grocery shopping or errands with the client; attending cultural, social or sporting events; walking or transportation.

Volunteer at the LightHouse! Contact John Liang, Director of Community and Volunteer Services at 415-694-7334 or jliang@lighthouse-sf.org, or visit www.lbvi.staging.wpengine.com.com to download a volunteer application.

Calling All Adventurous Youth

The Global Explorers program is currently accepting applications for two leadership-focused, adventure-filled, travel expeditions. This 2012-2013 season we will be uniting 15-21 year old students who are blind, visually impaired, and sighted on two incredible Leading the Way Program expeditions. The first is the Rim to River expedition, where students will take part in engaging service and cultural immersion and then have the unique opportunity of rafting the Colorado River through the majestic Grand Canyon. The second is the Peruvian Highlands expedition, where students will experience the magic of the Quechua culture and hike through the Andes exploring Inca ruins, ending at the infamous Machu Picchu. The Leading the Way Program was developed in partnership with world-renowned blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer.

For more information and to apply click here. To nominate a student please click here.

Applications are due November 30, 2012.