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JBI International, Inc. dba Jewish Braille Institute
June 30, 2013

My experience at JBI has been exceptional in three ways:
1. JBI values their volunteers' time. When you go to JBI, you're there to work. There's no waiting around, no disorganized volunteer coordinators trying to find something for you to do, no pointless tasks handed off because no one else wanted to do them.
2. There's an obvious link between volunteer efforts and recipients. We record books and magazine articles, assist in directing the recordings, and quality control the recordings. The vision impaired then gain access to various publications. The distance between effort and who benefits is so much closer than with other volunteer efforts, where organizations ask for help with administrative tasks, fund raisers and other intermediate, albeit necessary, tasks that are a few steps removed from the intended beneficiaries.
3. The work is edifying. In the process of QC'ing recordings, I've been exposed to books and magazine articles I otherwise never would have read. Plus, I've had the opportunity to work with extremely intelligent fellow volunteers and JBI staff.

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

Have the occasional visually impaired recipient stop by the recording studio so volunteers get an even more immediate connection between their work and who benefits from it.

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