I chose to volunteer at VISIONS for the summer of 2019. This experience taught me to be more humble to people and brought out the best in me. Ever since the beginning of the year, I slowly stopped being helpful to others in any way I could. Through this program, I regained my desire to provide assistance even if it's just reading for them. I'm grateful for the Visions and their volunteer services.
Visions is a great organization that helps visually disabled seniors with daily activities. For the two summers that I volunteered there I had a great time while being of assistance to those in need. All of the seniors are really nice and the staff there make you feel very welcome and at home.
The staff are extremely kind, welcoming and friendly. From my experience volunteering, I can say that the work this nonprofit does has a positive impact on everyone involved. Volunteering at VISIONS is a very fulfilling experience.
Visions is a great way to connect the older and younger generations. I was able to not only help senior citizens with their daily lives, but learn about them and see the world through their perspective. It was an amazing experience and I'm extremely grateful I was able to participate again in this program.
When I first started volunteering at VISIONS over the summer, I honestly didn't know what to expect. Everyone was so nice and understanding even though I was inexperienced and made me feel welcome. I was able to meet other great volunteers and work with amazing people who were all really sweet to me. If I can, I hope to volunteer again next summer.
For me as a volunteer, VISIONS was a very helpful and eye opening experience. It allowed me to get to know people different from me better. It showed me how little we can have in common and yet be able to connect. I would definitely recommend for others to volunteer here.
Recently I was one of a group of volunteers aiding participants from VISIONS to a trip to NYC's Governor's Island to the Teaching Gardens. It was a fantastic experience to ride the ferry, walk to the Gardens and experience the various plants and herbs with VISIONS. I learned a great deal and the staff at VISIONS made it all run smoothly. The participants ended the day with huge smiles on their faces and so did we. A marvelous day, a wonderful nonprofit. Thanks to everyone involved.
I have volunteered with VISIONS for almost two years. I am always amazed at the range of services they provide. Many of the seniors I've worked with have better social lives than me! I love working with them because they're a) extremely patient and b) genuinely fun to hang out with. I love that everyone feels comfortable in the building, sharing jokes and teasing each other. It's been an absolute pleasure working with them.
This was a great volunteering experience. I had a lot of training which was extremely useful and the overall experience gave me insight on how the disabled have to face everyday life with impaired vision. It made me realize how important and useful my eyesight is and it has made me very grateful for what I already have!
I am a high school student who volunteers at VISIONS once a week during the school year, and multiple times a week during the summer. This was where I had my first volunteering experience, and once I walked into the facility I absolutely fell in love. The staff is amazing, and I have met so many wonderful people along the way: fellow volunteers, clients, pets, and more. I have never really encountered anyone who was visually impaired before this program, and the things I have learned are absolutely humbling. Working at VISIONS has changed my perspective on life. I am so happy to volunteer here, and I am proud to say I won't be stopping any time soon. I am grateful for the opportunity to help people, and provide help or company to those who need it.
volunteering at VISIONS was a great experience. I learned many things about the blind individuals and how to properly work well with them. This is a great experience for me as I want to be in the medical field in the future.
Working in Visions taught me how to communicate with with elders and taught how to work with blind and impaired people. It was an wonderful experience because i became experience with so many things. It taught me the true value of helping others and making others happy.
Hello everyone, I am Sakina S. Mandviwala. I am a volunteer with the visions from 2016.
It is a pleasure and a privilege; and I consider myself fortunate to be associated with such, humble, sincere and dedicated people.
The staff is amazingingly cooperative and helpful. They endeavor with determination and perseverance to help the visvually impaired and make sure that all their needs are met.
I take great pride in quoting Ms. Natasha and Ms. Rocky, who take that extra step further beyond to help ans serve.
I hope and pray GOD rewards all the sincere and dedicated staff abundantly, for their selfless service and all their goals are accomplished.
They do the most amazing work. I was honored to volunteer there. I had the most incredible and meaningful volunteer experiences through VISIONS. They train their volunteers really well. They offer incredible programs for a really underserved population. Many way to collunteer!
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.
Working at Visions is a highlight of my week. The programs are efficiently scheduled and the facility is wonderful to work at. Staff is always available to help and listen to any questions, comments or ideas. Teaching classes at Visions has made me a better instructor and I look forward to continuing with this amazing and important organization.
Visions is a true gift to all who enter its doors. They offer numerous programs and services all year long. Senior Director of Selis Manor Ann Deshazo expertly runs VISIONS in a professional manner while still making you feel like part of a family. As an instructor, I always hear feedback about how much the students enjoy VISIONS and everything it has to offer. Everyone is warm and friendly and newcomers are always made to feel at home. Teaching at VISIONS is very rewarding and helps me to be a better instructor. I am very proud to say I work at VISIONS.
Being a volunteer for VISIONS has definitely introduced me to a whole new lifestyle that I did not know existed. I realized how little I took for granted over the little things like using a computer, reading books, or even eating during a meal. VISIONS has showed me the various methods and ways that individuals who are blind or visually impaired can use to adapt to their surroundings. Compared to other volunteer work I have done, VISIONS seems to genuinely care about the wellbeing of each and every individual that walks in through the doors.
I am a volunteer who takes phone calls/answer phone calls and referrals/ refer people to the proper channels. I also answer questions if people call with them and offer information about the program. I am also a participate in the program, not only do they help me work but they also provide me with their services as I am visually impaired. They provide services such as a senior center, escort services that help visually impaired people do they shopping and run errands, they also have programs such as fitness, recreational services, computer classes, craft classes, knitting and crocheting, etc.
Since being introduced to this wonderful place for those who are blind and visually impaired, of which I am one, I have enjoyed the experience. The staff and the services that are available help to keep one engaged, gainfully employed, and helps to keep an individual an active part of society. The staff is well trained to deal with different personalities and attitudes. I would have never know an agency existed if I weren't for my counselor. More people need to know about visions and what they do and offer as an organization.
I volunteered for VISIONS when I was a junior in high school up until the summer before my first year of college. When I was given the opportunity and the privilege to help others who are blind or visually impaired I was astounded at the profound effect I had on each and every one of them. I gained a lot of insight and this experience helped shape my perspective on not only blind people but people with all disabilities. I believe that VISIONS is an amazing program and I am grateful to have been once a part of it.
I've always wanted to give back to my community by volunteering at a center for people with disabilities. When I found out about Visions, I did not hesitate to apply. It definitely has made a positive impact in the lives of blind seniors, as well as my own. Visions teaches you to be responsible, caring and appreciative. Furthermore, I've become more aware of afflictions and sufferings of others which has increased my own inner strength.
Having worked with VISIONS for a number of years to provide creative writing and arts programming to visually impaired and legally blind seniors, I can say that VISIONS is an amazing organization. They provide caring and thoughtful attention to the people they serve, and offer much needed services to NYC.
I was at Visions as a social work intern for 8 months. I felt very much supported by the staff at Visions and learned so much from working with everyone there. Visions is an organization devoted to promoting the welfare and public awareness of the needs of the visually impaired and legally blind. The organization is full of passionate, dedicated, and knowledgable staff. It is a wonderful place to work and the work they do is invaluable to the community.
VISIONS Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a wonderful organization that makes a meaningful impact to it's clients and community as a whole. This is an organization that offers a multitude of services to individuals of all ages who are legally blind or visually impaired. Their services range from employment services, to a senior center in Chelsea, a community center, vision rehabilitation services, caregiver support, to a residential facility in Spring Valley, NY. This an organization that I would highly recommend to anyone that is seeking services related to vision loss.
I have been teaching a writing course at Visions for 6 months and it's the best job I've ever worked. They all want to write despite the unique challenges of accessibility. These students are afraid of nobody and nothing. They're strong, independent people. VISIONS provides them with services they need and they all love to come, and I'm happy to see them every week.
I have been a volunteer at Visions for about four years. I look forward to the time that I spend there each week. The staff really care about the residents and the clients.
There are so many programs and special events for the visually impaired such as Proms, Talent Shows, Jewelry Making and many more to normalize their every day lives.
I have learned that people with disabilities can live and enjoy life to the fullest, and I truly believe that Visions does everything possible to see that happen.
I will continue to volunteer at Visions and be part of that wonderful experience.
I started volunteering in 2012 at Visions teaching Zumba Gold. I had never taught the blind/vision impaired and have learned along the way what works well in terms of describing the movements to the class who are seated in chairs. I am always amazed at how few times I have had to physically help someone to get a movement correct. This volunteering led to a part-time teaching position - teaching Zumba Gold once a week. I am so glad that Director Ann DeShazo contacted me from my Zumba website and asked me to teach Zumba at Visions which led to such a great opportunity to teach with a very appreciative group of students. In addition to the weekly class, I also have participated in several Senior Fitness Days teaching Zumba Gold. I also volunteer once a month at Visions with Cherub Improv, leading an improv comedy workshop, and have helped to book the choir Happy Hour Harmonies to perform at the Coffee House event. I always look to recommend other volunteers to Visions and try to think of other programs that might work well at Visions. Thanks to the entire staff who has made me feel welcome and is always helpful: Chris Thompson, Liz Lee, Natasha DeLeon, Carrie Lewey, Teresa Rivero, Tony Wu- what a great crew!
VISIONS is a life-changing program for both the seniors who benefit from it and the volunteers who gain life skills. Volunteers explore new worlds outside of their comfort zone by working with seniors and bringing to them the joys of reading, shopping and company.
VISIONS is an amazing nonprofit that really strives to help the visually impaired with everyday activities. As a volunteer of VISIONS, I feel so good about myself after helping an elderly read mail, go shopping, serve meals, and provide friendly visits. VISIONS is like a little haven for the elderly to communicate with eachother and have fun!
I have been volunteering with Visions for several years. Meeting clients and working here has been not only a learning experience but an enriching one. Natasha de Leon, our Volunteer Coordinator is involved, attentive and helpful which makes volunteering a pleasure. I have found the staff in general to be sensitivie to those they are serving; there is a friendly, open and communal atmosphere.
Clients -some of whom have become friends - tell me about the many and varied activities and classes offered, from yoga and fitness to book clubs, current events, jewelry making, tech programs, etc. The Senior food program is very popular and serves a real need. I am honored to be part of the program at Visions - helping when there is a need - and being part of this community of incredible people who inspire me.
As a volunteer for Visions I helped with the walking program. This program inspired residents to get outside and take a walk to encourage better health. We had lots of fun stretching before hand to music then walking and recording our steps. There was such enthusiasm and socializing that participants didn't notice they were exercising. Lots of fun and a meaningful outcome!
Within the short period that I have been working with Visions, I personally witnessed how the organization brought together New Yorkers to create a family away from home. Despite coming from diverse communities, clients, volunteers, and workers form a close knit community characterized by understanding and genuine concern for each other.
I am a volunteer at Selis Manor through Visions. I have been a volunteer for over 20 years. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with many of the residents and other visually impaired people at Selis Manor. Typically, I read materials to residents (mail, magazines, the Bible, operating manuals, etc.). I have also provided escort service for people needing an escort. Also, I have worked on special events in the facility (helping to serve in the cafeteria, etc.)
My services are coordinated by the Volunteer Office at Selis Manor. Weekly emails are sent out detailing volunteer needs and those of us who are available can volunteer by responding to the email. I do not have regular clients but fill in where needed.