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The Chicago Lighthouse welcomes volunteers who wish to share their skills and experience to help serve people who are blind or visually impaired.  Our volunteer opportunities include direct service to our clients, support for agency external relations, including help with our fundraising events.  Whatever your interests and abilities, The Chicago Lighthouse offers an opportunity to make a difference.

Direct Service Volunteer Opportunities

Adult Living Skills Reader.  Read stories and articles to Adult Living Skills participants; Reader will identify and bring material to read within a one-hour time frame. 
Preferred experience/skills:
excellent reading and communication skills.

Adult Living Skills Program Aide.  Assist adults who are blind or visually impaired and may have other physical disabilities with scheduled activities. 
Preferred experience/skills:
excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 

Employment-Office Skills Program Aide.  Assist Office Skills program participants who are blind or visually impaired with their job readiness training.
Preferred experience/skills: proficiency with Microsoft Office applications, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Low Vision Clerk.  Assist Low Vision Clinic with medical record filing.
Preferred experience/skills: office experience; accurate filing skills.

Low Vision Program Aide.  Greet and help Low Vision patients with their paperwork, file, and assist with other clerical responsibilities.
Preferred experience/skills: office experience; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Radio Reader.  Read newspaper and other articles verbatim on air for CRIS Radio, a radio station that offers program for people who cannot access print media.
Preferred experience/skills:
excellent reading and communication skills.

Radio Station Aide.  Assist Program Manager and staff who are blind or visually impaired with administrative support as needed. 
Preferred experience/skills:
radio or office experience; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications; excellent organizational and interpersonal skills. 

Retail Store Aide.  Assist with serving customers and filling on-line orders in the Tools For Living ™ Retail Store. 
Preferred experience/skills:
retail experience; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Seniors Program Aide.  Assist Seniors who are blind or visually impaired with scheduled activities:  chair exercises, computer classes, art activities, lectures, and special events. 
Preferred experience/skills: excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

Seniors Sighted Guide.  Assist Seniors as a sighted guide at planned outings and special events.
Preferred experience/skills: excellent communication and interpersonal skills. 

Agency Operations Volunteer Opportunities

Archivist.  Assist Chicago Lighthouse Archives Committee with identifying papers and other archival material for cataloging, preservation and storage.
Preferred experience/skills:  interest in history; office, library, or museum experience; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications. 

Communications Volunteer/Intern.  Assist with all aspects of Chicago Lighthouse digital communications including Facebook, Twitter and electronic newsletter.  
Preferred experience/skills:
  Facebook experience; superior writing and communications skills. 

Development Volunteer/Intern.  Provide assistance for variety of development initiatives, including data research and list development.  Opportunity to learn Raiser’s Edge. 
Preferred experience/skills: excellent internet research skills and accurate data entry; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

Event Volunteer/Intern.  Assist with event planning and on-site support. 
Preferred experience/skills:  excellent organizational, communications and interpersonal skills. 

Media Relations Volunteer/Intern.  Assist with all aspects of Lighthouse Media Relations.
Preferred experience/skills: media relations training or experience; superior writing and communication skills; proficiency with Microsoft Office applications.

Photographer.  Photograph Chicago Lighthouse events and other activities for electronic and print publication; photo credits will be provided.
Preferred experience/skills: photography training or experience; access to digital camera.  

Tour Guide.  Provide tours of Chicago Lighthouse for groups and/or individuals following script. 
Preferred experience/skills: customer service or docent experience; excellent communications and interpersonal skills.

Download our volunteer application
For more information about volunteer opportunities at The Chicago Lighthouse, contact Lee Jolyk
at 312.666.1331 x 3135 or Lee.Jolyk@chicagolighthouse.org.