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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Volunteer at the AFB Center on Vision Loss

"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
-Helen Keller

Volunteers make it possible for the Center to provide everything we offer at our Ables Lane location and throughout the community. Without these dedicated individuals, the work of AFB in the Dallas/Fort Worth area would be greatly limited.

From docents to receptionists, and envelope stuffers, we all work together to accomplish more than any of us could possibly do alone. Volunteers also represent the Center at community health fairs and make presentations to groups throughout the metroplex.

While Geneva Hayes was a masters level Social Work student at Texas A&M Commerce, she volunteered 20 hours per week at the Center as an intern. She served as a docent, providing tours of Esther's Place to visitors. She also provided information and resources to callers and continues to represent CVL at community events, even though her degree is complete.

Joyce Sampson scanning a document at the Center on Vision Loss It is a rare day that Joyce Sampson isn't at the Center, either answering the phone, providing a tour of Esther's Place, or helping staff with whatever needs to be done. Joyce has recruited several other volunteers and now serves as a docent and the Center's Volunteer Coordinator.
Holly McKnight attended a seminar at the Center and now volunteers on Fridays and at special events as a docent and receptionist. Holly demonstrating cell phone to person with vision loss at the Center
Anthony Donaldson preparing informational materials with braille Anthony Donaldson learned braille through DARS Division for Blind Services classes and volunteers at the Center 3 days per week making our product information cards and brochures identifiable by touch with braille and demonstrating assistive technology to visitors.
Don & Lois Clift volunteer together every Thursday at the Center, making copies of the product information cards we display throughout the Center. Don and Lois Clift at the Center on Vision Loss photocopier

This is only a snapshot of who our volunteers are and what they do. Every day, a volunteer:

  • Answers the main phone line
  • Assists visitors who walk in the front door
  • Exhibits information at a health fair
  • Makes a presentation to a community group
  • Gives product demonstrations
  • Guides tours of Esther's Place

It is our goal to recruit friendly volunteers who understand the needs of those we serve. Our volunteer opportunities vary depending on current projects at the Center.

If you want to help people with vision loss by volunteering at the Center, please schedule a tour and let your docent know that you are interested in volunteering. You can call (214) 352-7222 or email to schedule a tour, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm.

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