The mission of the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ABVI)-Goodwill Industries of Greater Rochester is to "assist people who are blind or visually impaired to achieve their highest level of independence in their social and vocational lives."
Each year, the staff at ABVI-Goodwill touches the lives of more than 3,000 individuals, newborn to older adults, who are blind or visually impaired. In any year, more then 1,000 individuals will receive low vision screenings and examinations in Greater Rochester and the Finger Lakes Region.
Other services include employment training, daily living skills, orientation and mobility training, counseling, computer training, social opportunities, children's programs, evaluations, and prescriptions for visual aids.
Volunteers make a real difference in the lives of individuals who are blind or visually impaired by providing rides to doctors’ appointments, assisting with social outings for people who are blind, helping with various special events, or a variety of other ways. ABVI’s volunteer program can utilize the time and talents of volunteers in a variety of unique and rewarding ways, including: drivers to transport individuals who are blind to medical appointments, shoppers to help people who are blind or visually impaired do the things they cannot do independently, such as shopping for groceries, readers to help individuals read their mail, pay bills, keep up on current events, etc. Additionally, volunteers can assist with Special Events to help provide sighted guide and volunteer support to ABVI at events such as quarterly social and recreational events for people who are blind, the annual Scouting for Food and Clothing program, or our Annual Celebration fundraising event.
If you are interested in learning more about volunteering with ABVI, or would like a volunteer application, please call (585) 232-1111.