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  

My last volunteer effort with TRRS was to do a very extensive telephone survey of all its visually impaired, blind and otherwise physically disabled keeping them from holding print material. Others may have a cognitive disability – the result of a stroke or closed head injury – and can no longer comprehend print material. These listeners are highly complimentary of this radio service that provides a connection with the sighted world. Some of the benefits sighted men, women and children take for granted were shared with me. *I love the exercise program! * I wouldn't know what Food Lion had on sale. * I'd be lost, it's a blessing to me. * I'd hate to lose it, I listen to it everyday. * It adds to the richness of my life. * It would affect your ability to do your shopping. * I'd miss it. I'm thankful it exists. * It keeps me informed. * Keeps me current - a companion for me sometimes. * It would be dull. I think it's wonderful! * I would never hear other opinions, obituaries, or grocery ads. * Life would not be as rich. * It's a bright spot in my day. * It means I can talk intelligently with my friends and I don't feel so isolated. I'm proud to be a volunteer with Triangle Radio Reading Service and encourage you to consider it and above all DONATE to keep it going for these appreciative people.

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

By hearing from over 400 listeners personally 1 on 1.

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

Find a donor willing to donate enough funds to keep this already efficient and lean running service on the air for now and years to come. New ever changing technology for airing and reaching viewers is needed. They rely on volunteers and we are 150 strong but money is needed to keep TALKING to these listeners around the clock.

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Rating: 5 stars  

RE: Triangle Radio Reading Service in Raleigh, NC I've been a volunteer for over a decade and have been consistently impressed with the excellent programming provided to the print or visually impaired. The quality and care that Linda Ornt and Gai provide is impressive. What a marvelous organization!

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

I've met a few people who use the service and they rave about it! Anyone can get the news on radio or TV. But TRRS reads editorials, obits--even grocery store ads. That's service!

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

Clone Linda--she's awesome!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a regular Friday morning reader for the Reading Service for almost 15 years. I love it! On a personal note, I like telling my friends that I "have a radio show". But more importantly, I like being able to help all the folks that listen to us. It is especially great when we get feedback from them. I have friends from the print impared community, and I know how much this means to them. I enjoy sharing anecdotes with my friends. And, it is always challenging and fun to cope with the typos in the newspaper since we read most of the items "cold". You really have to be on the ball!

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

One morning when we got off the air, there was a phone call waiting from a listener, wanting to thank us. And I've worked with listeners on related projects. They are always appreciative.

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

Find a way for them to be more finacially secure!

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

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

None! This is the best group I have ever volunteered for, especially in the way that they treat the volunteers. I always feel appreciated by the staff and the listeners.

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

I learned a lot about doing a live radio show!

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Good! Always eager to go. I look forward to Friday mornings!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a volunteer at this service for a few months and have found it to be deeply rewarding. I feel like through TRRS I am making a difference in the community. The other volunteers on staff also contribute to an enjoyable atmosphere. I would highly recommend availing ones self of the opportunity to do this kind of work.

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

My everyday life.

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

Love to see it expand.

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