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Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind

Helping the blind or visually-impaired community of Washington, DC overcome the challenges of vision loss.


AREA - D.C.

AGE RANGE - 18 and above



What is Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind?


Since 1900, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind (CLB) has been dedicated to helping the blind or visually impaired population of the greater Washington region overcome the challenges of vision loss. Their work enables people of all ages who are blind or visually impaired to remain independent, active, and productive in our society.


CLB's programs and services include training and consultation in assistive technology, employment marketing skills training, career placement services, comprehensive low vision care, and a wide range of counseling and rehabilitation services.


How do I volunteer?


CLB's volunteers attend orientations that include sensitivity training, human guide training, and information about CLB. Volunteers are required to complete an application, submit two completed reference forms from non-family members, and pass a background check. Potential volunteers should reach out to CLB by email.


Adult volunteers in the one-on-one program are matched with adults who are blind or visually impaired to assist with daily activities such as reading mail, grocery shopping, or running errands.


Feel free to share extra information and personal experiences in the comments below, or head over to the forum!

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