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The Chicago Lighthouse welcomes volunteers who wish to donate their time and skills to help serve people who are blind or visually impaired. Our volunteer opportunities include direct service to our clients, operations support, special events, internships for college students, and opportunities for corporate groups. Whatever your interests and abilities, The Chicago Lighthouse offers a way to make a difference.

Direct Service

Adult Living Skills- Reader

Description: Choose material and read it aloud to the clients of the ALS program, who are blind or visually impaired and developmentally disabled.
Requirements: Excellent reading voice and patience
Time: 1 1/2 hours per week
**All volunteers for Adult Living Skills must be 21 or older

CRIS Radio- Reader
Description: Read newspaper and other articles verbatim on air for CRIS Radio, a radio station that offers programming for people who cannot access print media. 
Requirements: Excellent reading skills and clear voice
Time: 1-2 hours per week 

Educational Programs- Classroom Aid
Description: Assist in Preschool for All or Children's Development Center classrooms and help ensure every child receives individualized attention.
Requirements: Experience with or training in early education, special education, and/or children with disabilities
Time: Minimum of 2 hours per week

Industries- Quality Check
Description: Provide accuracy checks in clock factory, which employs people who are blind and visually impaired
Requirements: Mechanical experience
Time: 4-8 hours per week

Seniors Program- Activities Aid
Description: Assist with occasional group activities for our senior clients.  These include a luncheon, yoga class, and a computer class.
Requirements: Friendly personality, flexible schedule, and familiarity with JAWS and/or Zoomtext for computer class
Time: Ranges between weekly, biweekly, and monthly

Operations Support

Call Centers

Description: Organize electronic files and format training booklets.
Requirements: Excellent computer and critical thinking skills
Time: 10 hours per week

Deaf/Blind Program
Description: Assist with general office clerical needs such as filing and returning phone calls.
Requirements: Excellent organizational skills
Time: 2-4 hours per week

Low Vision Clinic
Description: Assist with medical record filing.
Requirements: Office experience
Time: 4 hours per week

How to Apply

To apply for a Direct Service or Operations support position, please fill out our volunteer application.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, contact:
Sammi Grant - Volunteer Coordinator
(312) 666-1331 ext: 3136


Lee Jolyk- Office Supervisor and Volunteer Coordinator
312-666-1331, ext: 3135

Special Events

Throughout the year, The Chicago Lighthouse hosts a number of fundraising and community events. these include, but are not limited to, an annual gala dinner, a fashion show, and numerous one time events such as national conferences. These events vary in time and location, with some during the weekend at The Chicago Lighthouse and others in the evening at downtown upscale hotels.

If you are interested in being put on the volunteer contact list for Special Events, send your name, contact info, and general availability to:
Sammi Grant - Volunteer Coordinator
(312) 666-1331 ext: 3136

Upcoming Events:

Event: Seniors Program Luncheon

Friday, September 25, 2015

Volunteer Shift:  10:00AM - 12:30PM

The volunteers will assist the head of the Seniors Program with greeting guests and escorting them to the Seniors wing, assisting with serving food, helping guests find seats, etc.


The Chicago Lighthouse offers a number of internships for current college students and recent graduates. these internships include but are not limited to the following positions:

Adult Living Skills-Program Aid
Description: Assist with all activities for the clients of the Adult Living Skills program, who are blind or visually impaired and developmentally disabled.
**All volunteers for Adult Living Skills must be 21 or older

Low Vision Clinic- Technician
Description: Assist Optometrists with such duties as pre-testing clients for eye exams.

For questions or more information regarding internships, contact:
Leticia Godina - HR Generalist
(312) 997-3641

Corporate Groups

The Chicago Lighthouse welcomes corporate groups of 5-10 to come volunteer for the organization for 2-3 hours any weekday. Groups have the chance to work directly with clients of the Adult Living Skills program and Employment Services, to assist in our adaptive materials library, and to be involved in many other ways. All corporate volunteers are offered a tour of The Lighthouse to learn about how we serve our community through 25+ programs.
For questions or to schedule a visit, contact:
Sarah Brophy - Development Assistant
(312) 447-3256