Audio Information Network of Colorado

Rating: 5 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Disabilities, Human Services, Seniors

Location: 2200 Central Avenue Suite A Boulder CO 80301 USA

Mission: The Audio Information Network of Colorado is a non-profit (501(c)3) corporation dedicated to normalizing the lives of Colorado's blind, visually impaired, and print handicapped citizens by providing access to newspapers, magazines, and other ink print materials.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer at AINC for over three years. The staff is very invested in what goes on there, because they typically were volunteers themselves when they started. They became passionate about what they were doing and wanted to work for the organization, David Dawson's brainchild. Now AINC not only serves Colorado through Rocky Mountain PBS, but can be heard nationally through other PBS networks as I understand it. The staff takes good care of its volunteers, providing treats and an appreciation brunch annually as well as potlucks. I am proud to serve AINC!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I enjoy using my verbal and communication skills. I noticed a need for using them to help visually challenged people keep up with their local news. I've been volunteering for two years at the Audio Information Network of Colorado in Boulder. I'm very impressed with the staff here. They really have their hearts in what they do, because they started as volunteers themselves and stayed with it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the feedback they receive from a wide listening audience. We hear about it at AINC's annual appreciation brunch.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not know of any.

Rating: 5 stars  

This is my third year as a reader for this organization, the Audio Information Network of Colorado (formerly Radio Reading Service of the Rockies). I chose this organization because it allows me to have a direct influence on the people who benefit. I am not writing a check and hoping it gets to the people in need. My contribution extends straight to the listeners, and hopefully it brings something extra to their day. One of the best things about AINC is that it is always innovating, always trying to improve its product and its service to its constituents. When broadcasters switched over to digital, AINC partnered with community leaders to make the switch as well. And they do all of this at no expense to the people they are serving.

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I have had the privilege to listen to users of this service talk about the way it impacts their lives. Members of the visually impaired community say that this service allows them to remain connected to the events that happen in their community and in the state.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would provide a feedback mechanism for users of the service. This could be a call in line or an online service. Let users of the service let volunteers know what they appreciate, and what they would like to see improved.

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with AINC/RRSR for about four years. In that time, I have learned that programs are syndicated not only at state level but also at national level. AINC/RRSR provides programs to the blind, visually impaired and print handicapped because these people have no other access to newspapers or books.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Many ways - reading and getting to know the people who benefit.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

No changes to be made.

Rating: 5 stars  

I'm a retired teacher who had been looking for a volunteer area that fit my needs and would help others. A friend told me about her work at the Audio Information Network of Colorado...reading for the blind. I knew immediately this is what I wanted to do. The past 5 years have been wonderful. The people that I've met: Kat, David, Pam, Sheila, Steve, Kevin, Regina, Pat, and many more have only filled my coffers. Volunteering here has truly brought immeasurable joy to my life. I've happily driven thru snow storms to get there.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

meeting the people that work there and those who have used the organization to keep in contact with their world/city.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not do one thing except, I guess I'd hope that more people donated money to help it operate more smoothly.

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer reader for the Audio Information Network of Colorado (formerly the Radio Reading Service of the Rockies)for eight years. The mission of the organization is to provide access to print media to the blind and visually impaired throughout Colorado. The staff has been steadfastly enthusiastic about the mission and how to improve the delivery of this service and are always very appreciative of the volunteer readers. During my time they made a seamless transition to digital recordings enabling someone like me to record at home and avoid the 70 mile round trip to the studio; an environmental as well as a time benefit. Blind listeners assure us that being able to hear about news, reviews, world events, politics, advertisements, humor, entertainment events etc. not only keeps them informed but relieves their sense of isolation. This in itself gives me a tremendous sense of satisfaction. In addition, I have to admit, I enjoy the articles I read and find myself much more informed than I otherwise would have been without my reading assignment. You can't beat a vitally important cause, a wonderful staff, appreciative listeners and a happy, loyal and more knowledgeable volunteer. Thank you AINC (RRSR).

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The statisfaction of contibuting a useful resource for the blind in Colorado and the enjoyment I get from the articles I read.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see greater funding for the organization because this would enable staff to continuously improve and expand the product they provide to Colorado's blind residents.

Rating: 5 stars  

Radio Reading Service of the Rockies, now called the Audio Information Network of Colorado (AINC) is a free 24/7 audio broadcasting service located in Boulder to serve Colorado’s blind, visually impaired and print disabled residents. I have been a volunteer for over two years. AINC records and broadcasts audio recordings of materials that are usually not available in audio format including over 100 regional and local newspapers, magazines, job listings, discount grocery ads and coupons, children’s programming and Spanish programming via live streaming, special transmitter, podcasts and phone. The programming is like a continually updated 24/7 audio library for the blind and visually-impaired and print-handicapped people so they too can listen, learn and connect to the same information that sighted-people have access to.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

AINC helps the blind, visually-impaired and print-handicapped from feeling isolated. Having access to the information allows them to feel connected to their communities.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

If AINC could have access to more funding, then they would be able to continue to provide this life-changing service.

Rating: 5 stars  

Since my vision was serverely compromised as a result of a stroke, I have gegun to understand the feelings of isolation people with low vision and blindness experince. I feel honored to be asked to use my previous business and non profit board experience to help the AINC continue to achieve the goals of providing listening services as it has done for 20 years.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the satisfaction that AINC volunteers experience in giving their time and talent to listeners whose only source of news is AINC.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

AINC needs nnothing more than additional revenue sources to ensure its continuity and expand its scope to all who can benefit from what it does.

Rating: 5 stars  

I joined RRSR (now AINColorado) in 2008 as a volunteer reader. Since then, I have been astounded at the sheer number of peple who choose to give of their time and abilities in this way. A vital service for the visually disabled brings out the best people in a commmunity and brings out the best in those people. I don't feel "special," but I do feel that I'm part of a very special group who have no self-serving agenda to push and no lust for glory. Instead, they have an unassuming but essential mission to help others. The staff at AINColorado likewise are as dedicated a group as I've ever encountered. It's a good feeling to be part of an organization that wants to raise others (not themselves) up and tear nobody down in the process. I expect to be part of AINC for a long time to come.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the number of visually impaired people who have thanked us for our efforts.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand its mission in appropriate ways.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

No suggestions.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

See my review above,

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Useful.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a proud volunteer for over 3 years at the Audio Information Network of Colorado...Our organization provides audio content: over the internet, phone, and special transmitter to visually impaired people all over the state. It has been in service for 20 years. Hundreds of volunteers read important info: novels, local news, grocery and other store ads, etc...This service is very valuable to the thousands of people that hear it daily. My program is called Body and Soul...it provides wellness infomation: diet, spirituality, relationships, etc...to people who normally would have no access to this type of information. It warms my heart to provide a reliable voice for those who need it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i get personal satisfaction from helping others.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

no changes required.

Rating: 5 stars  

This is a great service that allows listeners to connect with their local community through their local newspapers. No other service provides this to Colorado's print-disabled.

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By talking to listeners

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