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.
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 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 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.