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Virtual Vision Mate Program

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For Canadians who are blind or partially sighted, physical distancing can present a unique set of challenges that can contribute to feelings of isolation that many already experience on a daily basis. 

During this unprecedented time, one of the easiest things we can do is reach out to each other to engage in friendly conversation and offer support. 

To combat the negative ramifications that isolation can have on Canadians with sight loss, the CNIB Foundation has adapted one of its core program offerings, the Vision Mate program, to engage volunteers to connect virtually with participants by phone or online at least once a week. 

With physical distancing measures in place, it can be difficult for people with sight loss to pick up their groceries and prescriptions. If you're willing to help, we'd love to hear from you. Together, we'll ensure our community stays connected.  

Make a difference – sign up to volunteer as a Virtual Vision Mate

The Virtual Vision Mate program gives volunteers an opportunity to engage in friendly conversations with people who are blind or partially sighted. 

Your support is urgently needed during this unprecedented time. You can schedule your chats on a set day and time every week, or you can schedule week-to-week, whatever works for both of you. 

Volunteers will be screened, and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions before you're connected with someone with sight loss. The next step is for you and the person with sight loss to be introduced by phone or online. We will provide you with a handy conversation guide to help you get started.

To volunteer as a Virtual Vision Mate, complete the online application form. If you have any issues with the application form, please call us at 1-800-563-2642.

*Please note: Due to the volume of requests, it may take a couple of days for the CNIB team to respond.

Sign up to be matched with a Virtual Vision Mate

Virtual Vision Mates are volunteers who connect with people who are blind or partially sighted to engage in friendly conversation and offer support. 

As a Virtual Vision Mate, you'll connect with the same person by phone or online every week. You can schedule your chats on a set day and time every week, or you can schedule week-to-week, whatever works for both of you. 

Volunteers will be screened, and you'll have an opportunity to ask questions before you're matched with a Virtual Vision Mate. A member of the CNIB team will connect with you when a Virtual Vision Mate is available. 

To sign up to be connected with a Virtual Vision Mate, complete the online application form. If you have any issues with the application form, please call us at 1-800-563-2642.

*Please note: Due to the volume of requests, it may take a couple of days for the CNIB team to respond.