Triangle Radio Reading Service

Rating: 4.9 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Human Services

Location: 211 E Six Forks Rd Ste 103 Raleigh NC 27609 USA

Mission: Triangle Radio Reading Service is a nonprofit information agency providing current news, information and entertainment from the print media to people who are blind, visually impaired and physically disabled. Broadcasts occur 24 hours a day on an audio network of radio, television, streaming to the internet, and podcasts.  TRRS helps its listeners achieve their rightful place in society. 150 volunteer readers come into the studios in Raleigh to reach almost 20,000 listeners in 20 counties in North Central NC, and also throughout the world via the internet.
Programs: Triangle Radio Reading Service helps approximately 20,000 people who are elderly, blind, visually and physically impaired stay aware of the local news and information in the greater Triangle area of NC. Listeners are loaned a special radio receiver to listen to the programs which are read by 150+ volunteers. These programs are geared to enhance the quality of the lives of the people who use the service. A yearly survey of listeners is conducted to measure the quality and content of the programs.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Radio stations are run by computers these days and I assist with computers and office equipment at Triangle radio Reading Service. I have been a volunteer since 2005 and this is my way of giving back to the community. Volunteer work at a radio station is different from the normal computer work I do during the day and a exciting challenge which also helps people.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for 6 years and keep the computers happy. It is gratifying to know I am helping people.

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

When meeting visually impaired people it is gratifying to hear the positive difference it make in ther lives.

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

More Local Programing.

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?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

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

I have acquired many skills in transmitting audio.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Like I have contributed to make peoples lives more wholesome.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer reader for a few years now. I derive a great deal of satisfaction in knowing that I'm helping the blind and sight impaired with things they cannot read for themselves. It's a great organization.

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?

Life-changing

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a volunteer with Triangle Radio Reading Service for about two years (I actually can't remember exactly when I started). I usually do the Sunday afternoon shift where we read from the News and Observer. I also do the Mystery program which I pre-record in 30 minute segments. I read mystery short stories. I've told people that, of the volunteer orgainzations where I participate, I get more satisfaction from TRRS than anything else - which is a little strange, because you don't really know whether anyone is listening. It's a great organization and a great service!

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

I have not had any personal experiences with people who have heard me read.

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

I don't know of any changes I would make.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer reader since August 2000 and I can't think of anything more rewarding than to read articles of interest from the local newspaper to those who can't do it themselves. Although they have been on the air for more than 25 years, Triangle Radio Reading Service has kept current with technology by providing podcasts of various shows to those who have computer access. It's amazing to think that from our small studio in Raleigh we are able to reach people in 22 counties and many others on the web. In this down economy when money is so tight, our 2 paid staff and numerous volunteers have been able to keep us on the air by soliciting sponsors and having annual gala fundraisers to enable us to continue providing this much needed service. I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful program.

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 found out about the Triangle Radio Reading Service through a casual conversation with a friend whose daughter did some painting at the studio during a community awareness campaign sponsored by her employer. I just retired and was looking for something to do. Since my mother was blind I felt that this was a wonderful opportunity to do something for her and for the community. Little did I know that it would become a passion of mine that brings me great joy and a chance to meet some very interesting people who also volunteer as readers. Through other activities, such as surveys, recognition meetings, and our annual Gala Fundraiser I have also had an opportunity to talk with some of our listeners and am delighted to know how much our programs mean to them. I have been a reader for a little more than 10 years, and have seen our programming go from radio only to streaming on the web where we are able to reach a wide age range of people. I find myself looking forward to Monday mornings when I get a chance to go to the studio and share information with our friends in "radio land" or, shall we say "media land". All this is made possible by only 2 paid personnel an 140+ vollunteers!

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

In talking with some of our listeners I have discovered that they depend on our newspaper articles (that often don't make the regular newscasts), obituaries, grocery and drug store ads to remain aware of things going on around them.

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

Try to publicize our need for funding more so that the director and her assistant are not always having to scurry around to get the money to purchase the bare necessities. Money is really tight for non-profits and we are not high profile.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I found out about the Triangle Radio Reading Service through a casual conversation with a friend whose daughter did some painting at the studio during a community awareness campaign sponsored by her employer. I just retired and was looking for something to do. Since my mother was blind I felt that this was a wonderful opportunity to do something for her and for the community. Little did I know that it would become a passion of mine that brings me great joy and a chance to meet some very interesting people who also volunteer as readers. Through other activities, such as surveys, recognition meetings, and our annual Gala Fundraiser I have also had an opportunity to talk with some of our listeners and am delighted to know how much our programs mean to them. I have been a reader for a little more than 10 years, and have seen our programming go from radio only to streaming on the web where we are able to reach a wide age range of people. I find myself looking forward to Monday mornings when I get a chance to go to the studio and share information with our friends in "radio land" or, shall we say "media land". All this is made possible by only 2 paid personnel an 140+ vollunteers!

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

In talking with some of our listeners I have discovered that they depend on our newspaper articles (that often don't make the regular newscasts), obituaries, grocery and drug store ads to remain aware of things going on around them.

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

Try to publicize our need for funding more so that the director and her assistant are not always having to scurry around to get the money to purchase the bare necessities. Money is really tight for non-profits and we are not high profile.

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Rating: 4 stars  

TRRS is worth your time - and donations! Triangle Radio Reading Service provides a vital channel for information to the visually impaired in the greater Raleigh Triangle area. Something like 20,000 listeners tune in daily...and the more tech savvy listeners can tune in to podcasts of the readings, as well. With only 2 paid staff members, it's amazing what this non-profit has done....and it has a lot more planned, to reach more of the computer, ipod, iphone, droid generations. Funding is needed to upgrade the technology to create formats for these markets. As for my volunteer experience....totally worth it, and I recommend for anyone who likes to read aloud. There are opportunities to read newspapers on air, or record magazines, books, articles, poems, etc. I've enjoyed reading the local papers on air, and the buddy system for reading is a good one, so you can trade off reading. The other volunteers are an easy-going bunch - the reading shifts go by quickly! The volunteer coordinator does an excellent job of working with our life schedules - a real plus. I was worried that a news anchor type accent would be required, but that's not the case. The range of ages, voices, and accents is really wide, and anyone who can speak and read clearly is welcomed.

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

hearing stories how it's positively affected our visually-impaired neighbors in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.

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

...have to think about it. This org is run pretty well as is.

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?

Nothing comes to mind.

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

It makes me feel more a part of the community.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good, nervous, happy, useful, appreciated.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization reaches thousands of households in NC on a daily basis and touches the lives of many throughout the world through its podcasts. This is all done with a paid staff of just two ! These two work so many extra hours and in so many roles that they too are among the hundreds of volunteers who contribute time and expertise to provide eyes to those who need assistance reading. And as our population ages and our eyes weaken, this service will become even more essential. Specifically, I am struck with the testimonials that the public shares with us about the importance of our services during the gift wrapping event held each December at Barnes and Noble.

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

meeting and talking with people throughout the area that have been touched by this service.

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

increase its resources

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer for TRRS for about 6 months and have found it very rewarding. Because of my work schedule, I am a substitute for the steady volunteers. It is a wonderful program for the sight impaired and all the volunteers that I have met have been very dedicated and helpful.

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

helping the sight impaired.

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

nothing.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at TRRS for only six months, yet I totally enjoy recording programs as I have done this for similar agencies in three other states. Volunteers make the world go round and if you ever want to meet a group of dedicated volunteers you need go no farther than TRRS.

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

No

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

Hope the funding becomes available to provide editing software so we can make our programs even more professional.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at TRRS for over 15 years and have filled the positions of regular reader on the air, reader of novels, and Board Member for 6 years. I have headed up the Gala Committee for the past six years and have learned that raising money for non-profits is a very difficult task. The job that TRRS is doing is one that is done by no other agency. If we disappear due to running out of money, there is no one to take our place. We have a huge number of listeners that depend upon the information that we provide. TRRS fills this need in a very usable way on a daily basis.

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

hearing the stories from listeners who have benefited from our services.

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

make the funds needed more readily available so that we could increase our programming and services to the visually impaired.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The TRRS is the eyes for the blind in North Carolina. I have been a volunteer for appx. 3 years and am often dismayed by the lack of financial support given to TRRS. I realize that time are difficult for many people but time are more difficult for the Blind and visually impaired citizens of the Triangle. The TRRS is the only cogent service to meet the needs of these people,without fees and in the venue of the computer age as well. I have been told that the web cast are listened to by many who have family members that access the webcast for them. The number who have diseases that prevent holding a book or paper stady enough to read,these people are often overlooked and ar in need of the TRRS as well.

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

I have been told by listeners that they look forward to the broadcasts, it is the prime source to allow the some independence to hear the news and local events regularly

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

Find better funding

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a reader for the Triangle Radio Reading Service for almost 9 years. I started out reading children's books, and switched over to adult books a few years ago. My experiences as a reader have been extremely rewarding. I know people are listening to these books that they would otherwise never enjoy. I visualize people hearing these stories which broaden their worlds. I even have a fan, a woman who wrote in that I was her favorite reader. I treasure that.

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

meeting many of the blind audience who come to functions that have been held, and reading the comments they make that are printed in the newsletter. They say our efforts bring the world to them, that they stay current and informed, entertained, enlightened and enriched.

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

expand our reach to more people, if that were possible.

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