VISIONS provides an incredible service he the blind & visually impaired community in New York especially those who are low income and have multiple disabilities. They run an assortment of classes and social activities for their clients. As a volunteer I have seen the incredible impact this has had on people. By reading them their mail, helping them pay bills, helping them shop and get to appointments we are able to help them live independent full lives. As someone who has been involved in many different volunteering opportunities I can see first hand the AMAZING things they do and it is by far the greatest volunteering experience I have had. The staff and volunteers some of are nicest and most helpful people I have ever met.
Volunteering at Visions was an experience I will never forget. The people I met and the bonds I forged will last a lifetime. It was such an honor to work with such giving people.
I have been volunteering at VISIONS for over two years and truthfully, this has been one of the best decisions I've made. Not only was I able to help others, but also benefit myself in many ways. At Visions I have learned the importance of service, compassion and kindness. I have had the opportunity to meet two exceptional seniors during my homevisits-Tom and Gary. I have grown so close and I care for them deeply. They are very different yet they hold similar characteristics-generous, humorous, and loving- and that's what I love about them. Maria, my partner, and I have taken Tom to MET museum, something that he wanted to do for a long time. Also, I have cooked friedrice for him because he always seemed to eat the same food and I had purposely bought the ingredients beforehand and his reaction meant alot to me. He said I have never tasted this kind of food and its very good. I had mixed feelings about it, i was happy that he got to eat something he liked but I felt sad because i wished he could eat something like this everyday. Tom and I have similar interests such as we usually like to converse about politics, current events and philosophy.
Gary, who I also equally care for, is very interesting. Aside from his poor vision, he has hearing difficulties and when I first met him, I thought we wouldn't get along. I am very shy and tend to speak lowly. Although I have to raise my voice, I have learned to be patient and realized that his problems are not his fault, and together we can help each other become better human beings. Gary has taken Maria and me to a Japanese and Indian restaurant and I am grateful of his generosity. Overall, Visions has affected me in all positive ways. I will forever be grateful to Jessica, Liz, Carrie and Teresa for seeing potential in me and the other volunteers.
It has been a pleasure volunteering at Visions because of the great people that manage this program. Visions has helped me develop new skills that I will use not only now but in the future. The energy in Visions is great because the seniors are very appreciative of our help. I was able to converse with many seniors who would always offer any type of advice when needed. I love working with not only the seniors but along with the faculty members. I have been volunteering for over two years now and I continue to enjoy the wonderful people in this program.
Volunteering in visions has been a great experience. This has been my third time being able to help assist those who are blind and visually impaired. I have enjoyed volunteering in this program and being able to help those who are in need. This is a great program which allows one to build relationships with others and learn from their experiences.
For anyone who wants to meet a group of wonderful, diverse and fascinating people, come to Visions. I have been a volunteer reader and escort here for two years and have formed friendships of trust and caring. There are clients who say they would not be able to accomplish the day-to-day business of reading mail, filling out forms, etc. were it not for the help of the volunteer program. The staff is exceptionally kind - open and available - and the atmosphere is lively and warm. Here is a community of
independent, strong-minded people who get to know one another, help one another and share mutual interests. I have seen how much a program like Visions, with its classes and activities and all that it offers, means to a blind or visually impaired person and I have learned how much I take for granted. It is a great enjoyment to come here and spend time with people I would not otherwise have the opportunity to meet and to share in their friendship, conversation and expertise.
Working with Visions has opened a whole new world of opportunities for me. It let me connect with some of the most kind visually impaired seniors and look at things their way. Before working with Visions I had always thought the visually impaired did not have any preferences when it came to things such as shopping for clothes or even groceries. As I went on home visits and went out with the seniors I learned how wrong my thoughts on them were. I began to see and understand the fact that they too have their own choices. Over all Visions has opened up a whole new perspective on the visually impaired for me and helped me understand how they live.
Working with VISIONS/Services for the Blind & Visually Impaired was a great experience for me to do this summer because I learn a lot for this program. I learn how to attend and solve for a person that is blind or visually impaired in the best way possible for them. I would work with vision again because the connection with the staff is very strong and the support is here as well.
VISIONS is the most exceptional organization I have ever had the pleasure of volunteering with. In my experience, all of the seniors were given the same care and attention one might give a loved one or significant other. I have met some of the kindest and most generous individuals I have ever known at VISIONS, and my experiences as a volunteer there have broadened my intellectual horizons and erased my preconceived notions regarding the blind and the visually impaired. In my capacity as a volunteer there, I visited blind people off-site in all 5 boroughs, I was involved in several recreational classes (ranging from mental and physical health to broadway music), and I assisted in meal service, providing specially prepared meals for and socializing with blind and visually impaired people on-site in VISIONS' dining area. I would wholeheartedly recommend visions to any senior with vision problems, or anyone wishing to volunteer their time and enjoy a unique and life-changing experience unavailable elsewhere.
Working at Visions has shown me just how much we miss out on when the everyday person ignores someone who is visually impaired. When I'd see someone walking with a cane and dark sunglasses, I'd avoid them because I didn't know how to interact with them. Visions has taught me that these people are really just like the rest of us and that treating them the way you'd want to be treated is the best thing we can do for them. All the seniors I've visited and talked to at Visions have their own story to tell and are by far the most interesting people I have ever met. Most of these people I would've ignored had I passed by them in the street. So next time when I see a person walking with a cane and wearing dark sunglasses, or even just an elderly person, walking up to them and asking if they'd like help won't be as daunting as it used to be. I know what to do now, and Visions has given me the courage and knowledge to do it. Thank you Visions for showing me this, and for caring and providing for the visually impaired as no others but their own family have.