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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Blind & Visually Impaired Centers, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Disabilities, Human Services, Senior Centers, Seniors

Mission: The organizations mission is to offer help, foster hope, and promote independence for people with vision loss.

Programs: Radio reading service - the organization broadcasts the readings of standard print materials over closed circuit radios to print impaired and blind listeners in san antonio.

low vision club - strives to improve knowledge about the causes and treatment of vision impairment and to improve the self-reliance of persons suffering from vision impairment.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My girlfriend got me into recording book reviews for the low Vision Resource Center about ten years ago. The taped recordings are then played once a week for the listeners to hear and they can choose what might interest them. I've enjoyed each recording knowing that I'm helping others. The Low Vision Resource Center is a wonderful organization for anyone in need of their help. The staff and many, many volunteers are dedicated to this cause and are very helpful, friendly and supportive.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was invited by my girlfriend to join her in taping the Sunday book reviews for the Low Vision Radio station. It has now been about ten years; it has not gotten old, boring or tiring. Instead I find it rewarding and inspiring, knowing that we are helping others. It never fails that when we wear our Owl T-shirts out to lunch; we always get asked about it and what it means. This gives us an opportunity to explain the organization and what we do for it. The people are often amazed and surprised that it exists and we welcome them to share the information with anyone in need of such a service. As I said it has been a privilege to volunteer for this group.

Nancy Jo Casey G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Low Vision Club and Owl Radio provide a much needed and much appreciated service to clients and friends that deal with low vision or blindness. The club provides many resources for education and social interaction. Special kudos for the staff who work so hard and give 100%!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was so fortunate to meet the amazing Bonnie Truax after reading an article about her and The Low Vision Resource Center she started. I volunteered when ever I could and we became friends. After I retired, I became a reader for Owl Radio. It has been a wonderful, meaningful, and fulfilling experience. Working with the staff and other volunteers has been a joy. So happy to be a part of Bonnie's legacy.

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is most definitely the little engine story that could - and has made a difference! With the leadership of Lisa Miele and her staff of Cindy and Jeff, the Low Vision Resource Center and Owl Radio support the San Antonio community with a radio reading service and resources to help those who may need information on the world today and where to find help for their sight challenges.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Low Vision Resource Center is a wonderful resource for those with a visual impairment who are in need of local and national information on low vision resources such as information to low vision clinics, devices, and services. In addition, their volunteers at the Owl Radio Reading service provide an exceptional and much needed service to those who are print impaired. Thank you all for your service!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been an LVRC member and volunteer to this wonderful organization since 2013. The staff and volunteers truly care and work so hard in organizing the events for us especially working hard putting together the program for us who cannot see to read so that we can hear and keep updated. At LVRC you will find support, valuable information/resources, make connections, and more! They really appreciate their members and volunteers! Thank you for all you do LVRC and Owl Radio!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at Owl Radio for over 13 years. The mission of the organization, and the people who manage/run it, as well as my co-workers, are exceptional. I am made to feel valued and appreciated. Couldn’t help out with a greater organization. Hazzah!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a "reader" with Owl Radio for over 10 years. Not only does Owl Radio use it limited resources wisely, the staff is always gracious and helpful. All of the feedback that I've received from the listeners is that this involvement and reach-out in the community is very appreciated.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering as a reader for Owl Radio for two years now, and it's been one of the biggest rewards of my life to have the pleasure of helping to contribute to and communicate Owl Radio's message to the public and its audience members.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen how this non-profit has given sight to those that have little or none by providing special radios at no charge. With these special radios, the visual impaired can receive daily news, and information read by volunteers at Owl Radio designed specifically to transmit to these radios. It keeps them in touch with the outside world. Through new technology, advancements are being made daily to keep people informed on what's going on in the world. Without this nonprofit, thousands of people would literally be left in the dark. This gives them a feeling of self-worth, and the feeling of being an active productive part of their community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer news reader on Owl Radio since 2005. All of us at the radio station take satisfaction in providing our service to those who are blind or suffer from vision handicaps.The Low Vision Resource Center, associated with Owl Radio, Meets a definite need in the San Antonio community, as one can witness by visiting one of the Low Vision expositions held periodically, as well as at monthly meetings of the Low Vision Resource Club.

The Center's leaders actively seek ways to improve and extend our services through information technology and by maintaining relationships with counterpart organizations in other cities and states. I am not a financial specialist, but it's clear to me that these and all our activities require sound and stable funding.

Bob Weidman
Retired Navy Flag Officer

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer reader at Owl Radio. It is one of many services
offered by the Low Vision Resource Center and the one with which
I am most acquainted.
There is nothing gold plated about this operation. The small professional staff
organizes, trains and oversees a large group of volunteers such as myself. They do
so competently, sensitively and effectively, without wasting a penny.
I am so impressed by their stewardship of donor's funds that I am a donor as well.
If you want to support a local organization which modestly and cost effectively serves
its targeted constituency ,I can't think of a better one.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer reader on OWL radio for the past year. The staff at OWL is always organized and helpful. The recording equipment is always in great order with helpful diagrams of how to record. I am half of a morning hour reading the Express News once a week. I feel privileged to be able to do a small thing to assist people who have visual impairment .

Cynthia D.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

This is a great organization that has a reading service for those with low vision. Not only do the volunteers read the daily paper, there is also many helpful resources available through the Low Vision Resource Center.

Jerry C.4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I first started volunteering as a reader for OWL Radio thirteen years ago, I looked forward to utilizing my skills as a retired reading specialist for the benefit of our low-vision listeners. Little did I know that I would be the recipient of abundant blessings through my contact with our supportive and competent staff and, indirectly, with listeners who respond to our broadcasts in writing and through phone messages, Many volunteers help OWL Radio to provide a much-valued service to our listeners who struggle with blindness or low vision. I'm proud to be one of them!

Maria P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Low Vision Resource Center (LVRC) is a wonderful organization that truly cares about its clients. I came across the LVRC when my daughter was looking for volunteer opportunities for school. My daughter and I volunteered for the LVRC together one time, and later I started to volunteer for them on my own.

The people at the LVRC are very caring and welcoming. Since that first opportunity, I have been a LVRC representative at several local health fairs in San Antonio. The LVRC, along with Owl Radio, provide many needed resources for visually impaired clients in and around Bexar county and its surrounding areas.

By becoming involved with the LVRC, I have learned so many things about the life of a visually impaired person. Services, such as Owl Radio, help clients maintain a connection to the community. Owl Radio is a service that reads the San Antonio Express News, a local newspaper, on the radio from my top to bottom everyday. Wow, what a service! In addition, they also read many other publications on the air. If you tune into Owl Radio, you will find something on 24/7, 365 days out of the year.

Besides Owl Radio, the LVRC also sponsors the Low Vision Club. Club members can participate in several planned monthly activities designed especially for the visually impaired person. Other services that the LVRC provides are a yearly publication of the LVRC Resource Guide; and the availability of small group counseling sessions for clients.

As you can see, the Low Vision Resource Center is a greatly needed resource for the community. I do not hesitate to recommend them whenever the opportunity arises. I hope you check out the LVRC yourself. I guarantee you will be very impressed with the services they offer.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Low Vision Resource Center is a great place to volunteer. As a volunteer, you work with the director and coordinators who are dedicated to their jobs and service. They really appreciate their volunteers; you feel welcome every time you work a Low Vision event or at the Owl Radio studio. I'm happy to have found this place as my area to volunteer!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering with Low Vision resource center and Owl Radio for the past year is one of my favorite activities. I have learned a lot about the resources available in San Antonio for the vision impaired. Owl Radio is new to many people and when they start listening to it they are so pleased to have a reading service.
I cannot say enough about the staff in the office. The executive director, program coordinator and the low vision club coordinator are all very professional and dedicated. Every volunteer I have met has been so helpful in showing me the ropes and sharing what they know. This is a wonderful organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My best friend was diagnosed with macular degeneration at the age of 18 and is now blind. It’s through her that I initially learned of a radio service that broadcast news stories to listeners in her community. Fast forward several decades and I inquired about volunteer opportunities to be a reader for the low vision resource center in San Antonio (Owl Radio). This organization has a critical mission of keeping people with low or no vision connected with their community and the world. It’s very rewarding to be a part of this organization and provide this needed service.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Have worked with them for almost 15 years. Great people providing great support to the community.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

OWL Radio serves the low-vision population of San Antonio. I help by reading the newspaper on the air. We read everything - state, local, national, international, opinion columns, obits, advice columns, birthdays (of our listening audience) and horoscopes. What more could you ask for?

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My mother was one of the original live readers on Owl Radio. When she could no longer do that she started an arts and entertainment recorded broadcast. Then she found another way to volunteer by helping with the monthly mail outs. This is a great organization for those with low vision or that are blind so they can keep up with whats going on in San Antonio and the nation. I have also volunteered with the mail outs.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great organization. I have volunteered with the group for going on 8 years and from day one the group got me hooked on all the great resources and assistance for the visually impaired individuals here in San Antonio.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ok, I am prejudiced because I volunteer at Owl, but it provides such a needed and rare service for their patrons. As a volunteer, I appreciate how well run it is, how supportive the staff is of their volunteers, and it’s an all-around great place to be a part of. I know some people don’t have great experiences with volunteering at other organizations- feeling like they are wasting time and/or talents, or can’t otherwise contribute in ways they were led to expect. I can tell you I’ve never felt that way for even a second about Low Vision Resource Center/Owl. It’s just been a lovely experience, and I hope that shows through the broadcasts to the people we reach, so they can be a part of it.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Low Vision Resource Center is remarkable. Beyond a practical service of providing the vision impaired with a source of news and entertainment, the center is also a hub to which both those being served and their families can connect. Vision impairment can be overwhelming and having a network of people with similar experiences and resources is a great reassurance and resource.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteer with this non-profit organization. Great story, message, and purpose. Great staff to deal with and work with!! Highly recommended!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came to OWL hoping to become more comfortable with my own voice but years into it I’ve found that I stay at OWL not only for the community it has given me, but also through understanding the pivotal impact our reading has for listeners far and wide. I’m immediately impressed with how OWL has gone fully digital over the Internet and has truly landmarked its decision to reach and help as many visually impaired individuals as possible. I could not be prouder to be a member of the OWL network and community!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Low Vision Resource Center of San Antonio for 11 years delivering radios to the homes of people who are visually handicapped and as a reader for those people. During that time I have had the opportunity to see first hand the impact of what we provide.

When delivering radios to homes and showing our clients how to use them I was often aware of the isolation felt by people with a visual handicap because of losing one of the senses that provides our greatest contact with the world around us. As I would set up the radios, a five minute process, I would often spend 30 minutes or more in their home. Usually I just had to comment on a picture I saw hanging on the wall of family members or a favorite place and the people would want to talk in great detail and explain the significance of what I was observing. I thought how ironic that they were telling me the story of something they could no longer see and their doing so allowed them to still be part of a world they may no longer be able to fully participate in. Even though I do not do it as often as I used to, delivering radios and listening our clients is still my favorite thing to do.

I have a great partner that I read the news with on Wednesday mornings. We may sometimes take a little liberty with our selections in that while we read the latest international, national, state, local and business news we do not always cover the latest shooting or other mayhem that people engage in. Instead we try to bring a little laughter into our broadcasts so that our clients do not have to listen to just negative information during a time, that for some is their only contact with the outside world that day. I don't think either one of us sits down at our microphones without considering this responsibility to our clients.

The Low Vision Resource Center and Owl Radio have given me the opportunity to reach out to those who may feel isolated and help me understand the day to day realities of a disability I do not have. It has also given me a greater awareness that we all, in our own way, can and should do something for others whenever possible.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Since I have started reading for Owl radio I have noticed that they continue to make improvements in their service . For example you can now hear the broadcasts by dialing a phone number or going to the website (rather than just the radio). The office staff is the best too!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with San Antonio's Owl radio since they began broadcasting on air. I was nervous the entire first year; reading the news of the day aloud, often without proofreading was challenging. As I began to warm to my weekly session (Friday, first hour), it was clear I could loosen up and enjoy knowing the listeners were hearing 'me' and all I bring as a volunteer. There have been times I could not stop laughing at something I had read, other times, when tears came, I had to push the microphone away and let my reading partner take over. We are bringing news of the world into the homes of so many people, the good and the bad, and the service Owl Radio offers is critical to those who cannot see. The staff is friendly, funny and kind and the readers, both past, present are terrific people. It is an honor to be counted as a volunteer with this noble organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

very committed to cause, professional.and courteous