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Review for VISIONS/ Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired, New York, NY, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been working with Visions for about three years now and It's been the most beneficial experience for me. When I first joined Visions in my junior year of high school, I was the average teenager who was skeptical about seniors and people with disabilities. Nevertheless, in my time with Visions, I've learned a vast amount of knowledge and matured on the subject of seniors and those with disabilities. In Visions, we lend a helping hand to seniors who suffer from any vision loss to the best of our ability. I as a volunteer, conduct home visits with another volunteer and provide assistance with household tasks. Tasks such as reading mail, reading the newspaper, grocery shopping, we even have friendly visits for seniors who just want someone to socialize with. The seniors I've met all from different generations share their stories of a better time. A simpler time, a history not know much amongst us teenagers. For 3 years, Visions has been a golden trophy of experience. I never thought I would have a favorite senior or have learned so much that I have learned now. Visions also prepares workshops and classes for the seniors to keep active. Painting, Knitting, and even fitness classes are one of the many activities these seniors partake in. Senior Speak-out is the high light of Visions. This is where this Organization truly shines. Senior Speak-out is a 4 hour event that takes place every Monday where seniors come in and socialize with other seniors. About one hundred seniors come into Speak-out every Monday to socialize, and enjoy free meals as well as hear useful information from carefully chosen guests. Guests such as the Manhattan Borough President, Health Care Officials, even guests providing information on products that are very useful to the visually impaired.

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

I've gained alot of tolerance and respect for seniors overall and people who are disabled. I've matured so much thanks to Visions. Through Visions I've gained somewhat of a second family. I think of many of these seniors as friends I've had for a long time. When you really take the time to know these seniors, so many similarities pop up and it's always amazing to learn something new from the elderly.

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

Right now, though nothing is perfect, I find Visions to have a great goal in mind and have covered every step towards that goal. Getting seniors to become more social and active rather than to live the stereotype that most believe is one of the goals Visions has achieved. Personal visits, classes and events are such things that create a positive atmosphere in Visions.

Would you volunteer for this group again?


For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?


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

One change that would improve my volunteer experience is involving seniors into more active activities such as walks to the park and such.

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

One of the seniors has a knack for math and polished my skills on the subject. I've also learned a little about art and history.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It made me feel very good about myself. I couldn't believe the words of some seniors when they say that I've impacted them. I still can't believe that I've made another person's life so much easier. The thought of making another person's life just a little bit better is overwhelming.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Volunteer & I conducted personal home visits to seniors and helped them with tasks such as filling out forms, grocery shopping, reading mail and newspapers, organizing items and friendly visits.