Volunteer opportunities

Tech Mates

Location details: Community Location

Calgary & Edmonton - Partially office based, partially community based

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

Objective:

Provide one-to-one technology training and support; for a person who is blind or partially sighted to increase their confidence and assist them to live the life they choose

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Attend initial training meeting/session with Program Lead and client
  • Set up a maximum of 5 follow-up sessions to take place in a community location or public space (for example: library, coffee shop, CNIB office space)
  • Using training modules as a guide, work on training your client on how to use their iPhone or similar device along with the accessibility apps
  • Provide reports to Program Lead on how training is going along with any requests for support
  • Notify the client in advance if you will miss a scheduled appointment 
  • When a client needs more support, service, counseling or information then you can give, refer them back to Program Lead
  • Track and report volunteer hours as directed

Ambassador

Location details: Virtual

Anywhere: Initial training will be provided in Calgary & Edmonton with expansion to other areas of province. 

Ideal for: Individual, Youth

To promote education on vision health, vision loss, and prevention. Share stories about the impact of vision loss, the abilities of blind and partially sighted Canadians and the role CNIB plays in their lives.

  • Represent the CNIB Foundation to the general public and specific audiences including (but not limited to) community groups, corporations, schools senior centres, community health fairs and vision health professionals.
  • Work with Program Lead to coordinate bookings and travel to events
  • Share your personal experience with vision loss and CNIB's role.
  • Set up display and demonstrate technical aids as required.
  • Submit a brief report after each booking, including travel time, length of engagement, number of attendees and how it went.

Ambassador Partner & Driver

Location details: Virtual

Anywhere Ambassadors are (variant throughout province)

Ideal for: Individual

To promote education on vision health, vision loss, and prevention. Support Ambassadors out in the community.

  • Work with Ambassadors to educate the public about the CNIB Foundation programs and Vision Loss Rehabilitation services, and vision loss as a whole.
  • Work with Program Lead to coordinate bookings and travel to events.
  • Drive Ambassadors to engagements and return them to their homes.
  • Contact Ambassadors to confirm time of pick-up and associated details.
  • Set up display and demonstrate technical aids as required.
  • When necessary, accompany Ambassador from the vehicle to the specific location to make sure they arrive, providing sighted guide as needed.
  • Help set up and tear down any associated materials.
  • Submit mileage expenses to Program Lead.

 

 

Vision Mate

Location details: Community Location

CNIB has individuals waiting for a volunteer in all areas of our region. We will work with you to find a match that is convenient for you.

Ideal for: Individual, Youth, all

Vision Mates provide community-based support through one-on-one sighted assistance and companionship for a person who is blind or partially sighted.

Responsibilities & Tasks:

  • Regularly visit a client in his/her home or other suitable environments at a mutually convenient time
  • Activities are determined by client need and mutually agreed upon
  • Some approved activities are: reading, organizing, walking, assisting with errands or outings, and friendly visiting