Support Groups

Profiles

Adults who are blind or visually impaired in need of sighted volunteers:
(To apply to volunteer, click here.)

Abington: 47 yo female looking for a volunteer with a car for grocery and clothes shopping and errands. She would love a family match and is flexible with availability. She has two cats and lives in Abington.

Acton: 60 yo female would like a female volunteer to help with reading tasks on T or TH in Acton.

Allston: 61 yo male would like an over 50 volunteer ideally with a car but not a must. He is flexible mornings through the weekdays in the Allston area.

Andover: 38 yo female who needs support with reading mail, grocery shopping, clothes shopping, errands, going to the library, and ordering things online. She is flexible mornings and afternoons during the week in the Andover area.

Belmont: 86 yo male who would love a volunteer with a car to assist with grocery shopping, errands, “stuff around house”, preferably on Thursdays or possibly some evenings. He lives in Belmont.

Beverly: 65 yo female in Beverly would love a volunteer with a car for grocery shopping, reading, doing errands, walking, and clerical type activities. She loves to do crafts and is computer savvy. She would prefer a female or a family match.

Boston, Fenway Park area: 88 yo Retired Prof. would like a volunteer who speaks Spanish so they can read to her in Spanish. She would love it if they could help with organizing and editing Spanish poetry (Spain Spanish someone who is familiar with the grammar and has an interest in 16th and 17th century Spanish literature) reading books in English or Spanish and grocery shopping. A car is necessary for this consumer if you are doing the grocery shopping task with her. Volunteer can do either task. Consumer lives in Boston, Fenway Park area.

Boston, Fenway Park area: 65 yo female who is wheelchair bound would love to get out and about and to the grocery store so a car is needed. Her wheel chair folds up and fits in the trunk. She was always very active in the community and has a wealth of knowledge to share. She would love a family match and gender does not matter. She is in the Fenway Park area.

Boston, Hyde Park: 47 yo male who would like a male volunteer with a car to help with errands around the Hyde Park area of Boston. His availability is super flexible.

Brookline/Boston: 52 yo male who would like a male volunteer to help with shopping, reading, and computer/ internet work. Wednesdays are best but would be flexible. No car needed and is between Fenway Park and Brookline.

Brookline/Brighton: 91 year old female who would like a volunteer with a car to help with grocery shopping and errands. She lives between Brookline and Brighton and is flexible with availability.

Brookline: 61 yo male looking for a volunteer to help with reading tasks and someone to go swimming with starting in March. The volunteer needs a car. Volunteer would have free access to the pool when with the consumer. He lives in the Brookline area. Either or both tasks are available to help with.

Brookline: 62 yo male who would like a male volunteer to help with grocery shopping and errands,. He is available on Wednesdays and Saturdays in the Brookline area.

Brookline: 65 yo female who has a service dog and they would both like a volunteer to help them get to the grocery store and shop any day during the week in the morning. Car is needed and she lives in the Brookline area.

Brookline: 89 yo female who would like a volunteer with a car to help with reading, clerical, and errands on Monday or Wednesday morning/afternoons in the Brookline area.

Brookline: 95 yo would like a male reader for leisure a couple hours a week in Brookline.

Charlestown: 91 yo female who has lots of supports in place but would love someone to read with her and help her match clothes in the Charlestown area.

Chelmsford: 83 yo female who would love some support with clerical tasks, walking, sewing cooking and reading. She is flexible on T, W, and Th mornings in the Chelmsford area.

Dorchester: 53 yo female who would like a female volunteer or a family pair with a car so she could get some help with grocery shopping and community based errands. She is available any days and lives in the Dorchester area.

Dorchester: 64 yo female hoping for a female volunteer with a car to assist with reading, clerical tasks, grocery shopping and errands around Dorchester. She is flexible during the week.

Dorchester: 83 yo female in Dorchester would love a volunteer to help with organizing clothes,, shopping, reading mail and other daily living tasks available on M, W, & F afternoons or Saturdays. She currently has one volunteer but needs some additional support to complete the above listed tasks. Her current volunteer says she is a lot of fun to work with.

Dorchester: 98 yo female hoping for a female volunteer who can help with reading and clerical tasks. She is fexible, although, weekday afternoons preferred after 1:30, some weekday evenings are possible. Her family currently helps her with her grocery shopping. She lives near Fields Corner T stop so no car needed.

Foxborough: 68 yo female would like a volunteer with a car to help go to the grocery store. She is flexible, although, Wednesdays are best. She would prefer a female or a family volunteer pair and is in the Foxborough area.

Framingham: 87 yo female who would like a volunteer with a car to help go grocery shopping any day, although, Thursdays are best. This would only take about two hours of time once a week or every other week in the Framingham area.

Framingham: 86 yo female who would love a female volunteer with a car to get her “out of the house” and also go clothes and yarn shopping. She lives in the Framingham area.

Framingham: 90 yo female looking for a volunteer who will read with her. She is super flexible and lives in the Framingham area.

Jamaica Plain: 36 yo male looking for a volunteer who would like to walk for exercise in the Jamaica Plain area of Boston. He is fairly flexible with availability.

Jamaica Plain: 44 yo male looking for a female volunteer, preferably with a car, but, not a must to help with organizing. He is flexible with availability and lives in Jamaica Plain.

Lexington: 58 yo female who would like a female volunteer to help with clerical. Her availability is during the day on Tuesdays or Fridays with weekends being the last resort. She resides in Lexington, a 2 minute walk from the 62 bus.

Lynn: 69 year old male, who does not have a gender preference, to volunteer once a week with computer work, shopping, clerical and reading tasks. He is flexible and lives in Lynn.

Lynn: 94 yo male would like a male volunteer to help with shopping and errands in the Lynn area. He is flexible during the week but Tue, Wed, or Thur afternoons preferred. A car is needed for this consumer.

Malden: 26 year old male in the Malden area who needs a partner to work out at the gym with. The gym is free to the volunteer when with the consumer. He is a runner as well. Super positive attitude and involved in the community.

Malden: 59 yo female looking for a volunteer who will go to the gym with her in the Malden area.

Medford: 59 yo male hoping for a volunteer who can help with reading and clerical tasks in the Medford area. No gender preferred and a car not a necessity but would be a plus.

Milville: 51 yo would like help in the spring with gardening, completely flexible with availability. In the Milville area.

Natick: 47 yo female who is looking for support with reading, clerical tasks, grocery shopping and errands. A car is needed and she lives in the Natick area. She has a cat.

Natick: 54 yo male who would like a male volunteer to help with basic computer work and ITunes. He is flexible with availability and lives in Natick.

Natick: 70 yo male in the Natick area would love some support with reading, clerical tasks, shopping and errands around town any M-F morning. The volunteer needs to have a car and a male volunteer is preferred.

Natick: a 64 yo female who would like a female volunteer to help with reading and clerical tasks, possibly walking as well. She is a super appreciative for any support and lives in the Natick area.

Needham: 52 yo male who would like a volunteer to help with reading and clerical type tasks. Tuesdays and Fridays are best and he is flexible after 5 on other days. No public transportation around so although he does not need car type assistance the volunteer would need a car to get to him in the Needham area.

New Bedford: 59 yo male looking for some support from a volunteer with a car weekly or every other week with reading mail and doing errands in the New Bedford area. He has been waiting a very long time for a volunteer.

New Bedford: 62 yo energetic female would love a volunteer with a car to help with shopping, sorting and organizing in the New Bedford area. Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons or Saturdays are best.

Newton: 34 yo female is looking for computer help, reading and clerical in the Newton area. No car is needed for the volunteer piece.

Newton: 53 yo female in the Newton area is looking for someone to go to the gym and exercise with preferably in the morning during the week. Volunteer needs a car. She is energetic, a positive thinker and outgoing. You could volunteer once every other week or up to three times a week. The membership would be free when accompanying this consumer.

Peabody: 48 yo male in Peabody area who needs support with reading, clerical type tasks, errands around town and grocery shopping.

Peabody: 89 yo female who is looking for a volunteer with a car who can take her to do errands around the Peabody area.

Peabody: 79 yo female would like a volunteer with a car, no gender preference, to support her clothes and grocery shopping, reading and other clerical tasks. She is super flexible with availability. Super friendly and outgoing.

Plymouth: 58 yo female who would like a female volunteer with a car to help with reading, errands and walking. She is flexible with availability and lives in Plymouth.

Quincy: 48 yo female who would like a volunteer with a car to assist with reading, clerical tasks, grocery shopping and errands around the Quincy area.

Quincy: 62 yo female who needs multiple volunteers, one with a car, to assist with reading, clerical tasks, grocery shopping and errands in the Quincy area. She has a service dog.

Quincy: 64 yo female who has a service animal and would love some support with grocery shopping weekdays or Saturday afternoons in the Quincy area. Car is a necessity and comfortable with a dog.

Quincy: 70 yo female looking for a female volunteer with a car to help her read her mail and grocery shop on Saturdays or Sundays. She lives in the Quincy area.

Randolph: 62 yo male who is looking for a male volunteer any time on M, T, or Th to help with reading tasks. He lives in Randolph.

Reading: 80 yo female who would like a volunteer with a car to help with shopping. She would welcome a family pair. She lives in Reading.

Revere: 39 yo male who would like a female volunteer with a car to help with errands and grocery shopping in Revere area. He has two cats.

Saugus: 65 yo female who is looking for assistance from a volunteer with a car for grocery shopping and clerical work. She has no gender preference and would welcome a family match in the Saugus area.

Somerville: 69 yo quiet sweet female who would love a volunteer to focus on reading. She lives in the Somerville area. She is flexible with her availability.

Somerville: 94 yo male who is looking for a volunteer with a car who can assist him grocery and clothes shopping. No preference on gender and flexible with availability. He lives in the Somerville area.

South Attleboro: 53 yo male who would love to have a volunteer help with reading and clerical tasks. He has a guide dog and lives in South Attleboro.

South Boston: 55 yo male who would love a volunteer with a car to help with tasks such as reading, sorting through mail, clerical tasks, and computer help. He is available evenings or weekends as he works full time. He would welcome a family match. A car is helpful but not necessary in the South Boston area.

South Boston: 70 yo male who is looking for a volunteer to help with clerical and computer work. He is available any mornings during the week and Wednesdays all day, He has a guide dog.

Stowe: 70 yo female who needs some support from a volunteer with a car in the Stowe area grocery shopping, walking, and reading with no gender preference.

Tewksbury: 75 yo female in Tewksbury who needs a volunteer with a car to help with grocery shopping every other week.

Walpole: 86 yo female hoping for a female volunteer with a car to assist with reading tasks and errands around Walpole area. She is fairly flexible with availability.

Walpole: 90 yo female would love a volunteer who could help with reading, organizing and computer work. She is flexible but Mondays best. She does not need a person with a car but she does not live near public transportation in Walpole so a car is needed to get to her. She is super sweet.

Waltham: 58 yo male who would like a volunteer to help with computer tasks. Male or Female volunteer and no car needed. He lives in the Waltham area.

Waltham: 59 yo female who needs a volunteer with a car for grocery shopping and/or a volunteer to help with reading tasks in the Waltham area.

Waltham: 80 yo female who would like a volunteer with a car to help with clerical tasks, grocery and clothes shopping in Waltham area.

Waltham: 82 yo female would love to have a female volunteer weekday afternoons for reading, clerical tasks, grocery and clothes shopping. She lives in the Newton area.

Waltham: 85 yo female who would like a female volunteer with a car for errands. She is quite flexible with her availability and resides in Waltham.

Waltham: 89 yo female hoping for a female volunteer with a car to help with grocery and clothes shopping, organizing and errands. She is flexible with her availability and lives in Waltham.

Watertown: 51 year old female who is a teacher looking for a volunteer to help with basic computer needs, reading mail, and clerical type tasks. Late afternoons are best in the Watertown area.

Wellesley: 83 yo female who would like a volunteer with a car to help with reading, clerical, grocery and clothes shopping. She also has some ambitions to design and create a t-shirt logo so computer knowledge a plus. She is flexible but prefers T or Th after 3 or W & F any time. She is full of positive energy. She lives in the Wellesley area.

West Bridgewater: 33 yo female who needs a volunteer with a car any days except Tuesdays for reading and grocery shopping in the W. Bridgewater area.

Weymouth: 52 yo female hoping to find a volunteer with a car to just get out of the house safely, grocery shopping and get some errands done. She is available any day in the mornings. She lives in the Weymouth area.

Winthrop: 73 yo male who is looking for a male volunteer to help with reading tasks and to go for walks. He is available on M, W, F afternoon and is on Blue line in Winthrop so no car needed.

Medical Transportation Drivers

(Worcester & Hampden Counties)

Volunteer drivers provide transportation for low vision individuals to medical appointments. Volunteer hours vary, depending on the needs of each blind individual. Additionally volunteers may be sought to engage in leisure activities.

Volunteers must have a valid driver's license and a clean driving record. To contact our Volunteer Coordinator in Central/Western Massachusetts for more information:
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Volunteers Wanted: Client Profiles

Our clients are blind or visually impaired individuals who seek the help of MABVI volunteers to complete everyday tasks. Volunteers provide confidential, reliable support that helps individuals with visual impairments lead the lives they want to live.

Looking to volunteer for someone near you? Read the profiles below to find a match:

Arlington: man looking for a weekly volunteer to assist with reading mail and occasionally filling out forms and applications. Available on weekends only (works full-time as teacher).

Attleboro: woman looking for a weekly volunteer to assist her with filling out applications, grocery shopping, and errands. She is flexible Tuesdays-Fridays. Female volunteer with a car (for grocery shopping) preferred.

Attleboro: man searching for a volunteer to read a small amount of mail, fill out forms (food stamps, fuel assistance), help with grocery shopping, going to the bank, and general social engagement. Totally flexible schedule. Would like a volunteer with a car for shopping and errands. Has a guide dog – dog lovers apply!

Boston: woman looking for a weekly volunteer to help her with organizing and editing Spanish poetry (specifically wants a native Spanish-speaker from Spain who knows grammar and has an interest in 16th and 17th century Spanish lit, preferably a grad student). Would also like help with reading books in English or Spanish and grocery shopping at Whole Foods or Trader Joe's. Available 2-6 p.m. weekdays and weekends; summertime availability changes (goes to Marblehead for the summer). Has one cat.

Belmont: man seeking a weekly volunteer for a variety of tasks: grocery and clothes shopping, errands such as going to the pharmacy, and going to the gym (needs help getting on equipment, mostly needs supervision). Male volunteer requested for the gym, male or female volunteer okay for other tasks. Car needed. Wednesday and Friday mornings best, Monday mornings also possible. Also has a dog.

Belmont: woman would like a weekly female volunteer with a car to take her to speaking engagements. Available Monday-Friday during the day.

Braintree: woman looking for a volunteer with a car to help her with occasional errands. Available weekday evenings and weekends during the day. Has a guide dog. Would need someone every other week or once a month.

Brighton: woman seeking a weekly volunteer to assist her with reading, clerical tasks, and grocery shopping. Has a very flexible work schedule, but cannot do Monday or Wednesday mornings.

Brookline:: man looking for a weekly volunteer to help with reading mail, clerical tasks (needs help with anything writing-related), and occasional household-related tasks such as changing a lightbulb. As a paraplegic, he is unable to leave his house and enjoys the company of others. Available anytime Tuesdays and Fridays.

Brookline: woman seeking a weekly volunteer to assist her with clerical work, errands, and walking around the neighborhood. Has two cats.

Cambridge: woman looking for a weekly volunteer to assist her with reading mail and paying bills. Available Monday-Thursday between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Prefers a female volunteer.

Cambridge: woman seeking a volunteer with a car to help with errands (going to Target, etc.), occasionally reading mail, organizing paperwork, and helping with Peapod. Female volunteers preferred. Availability varies. Volunteer would ideally have a flexible schedule and would be able to come every other week.

Cambridge: woman looking for a volunteer with a car to assist her with grocery shopping. Available during the day, weekends often available, evenings last resort. Would like a volunteer to come every other week.

Charlestown: woman seeking a weekly volunteer to assist her with errands and reading mail. Available during the weekdays.

Chestnut Hill: man seeking a weekly volunteer to help with reading, filling out scholarship applications, computer assistance (social media, checking email, etc.), and possibly going to social events for the visually impaired community as well as appointments. Prefers a male volunteer between the ages of 23-30. Available any day between 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Volunteer with a car preferred.

Dorchester: woman looking for a weekly female volunteer to assist with sorting and organizing clothes, errands including groceries and shopping, and reading mail. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons after 2-3 p.m. are best (Saturdays are also possible). Needs a volunteer with a car for errands.

Dorchester: woman seeking a weekly volunteer to help her with reading and clerical tasks. Available weekday afternoons preferably after 1:30 and some weekday evenings. Female volunteers only, please.

Dorchester: woman looking for a female volunteer to help with reading mail and grocery shopping every other week. Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays are best. A car is needed for grocery shopping.

Dorchester: woman seeking assistance with reading, grocery shopping, clothes shopping, and errands. Available Friday evenings and all day Saturday. Prefers a female volunteer for shopping. Would like a volunteer to come every other week; has a dog.

Duxbury: man seeking a volunteer to help with grocery shopping, clerical tasks such as filling out applications and medical forms, and getting out of the house more often. Saturdays at 11 a.m. best, Thursday or Friday afternoons around 2 p.m. also work. Car needed for shopping. Volunteer on an every other week basis.

Duxbury: man looking for a weekly volunteer to help with reading mail, grocery shopping, clothes shopping, and errands (such as buying and sending birthday cards). Available weekdays, weekends and evenings after 7:30 if necessary. Car needed for shopping.

Everett: woman seeking assistance with reading mail, clerical tasks, and occasional grocery shopping. Weekdays best - late morning or early afternoons; early evenings also possible. Female volunteer, every other week visits preferred.

Framingham: woman looking for a volunteer to help with errands, clothes shopping, and getting out of the house every other week. Schedule is flexible. Female volunteers only. Car needed for running errands.

Hanover: female looking for a volunteer to help with grocery shopping.

Hyde Park: female studying online for her GED. Seeking a female volunteer to help with reading and understanding the text, as well as occasional grocery shopping. Weekdays during the day are best, but evenings and Saturday afternoons are fine. French speakers wanted, as this is the consumer’s primary language.

Littleton: man looking for a weekly volunteer to assist him with getting to the pool. A volunteer with a car is needed. Goes to the pool in the early morning or late evening (around 8 p.m.). Also looking for a volunteer to take him to appointments. Appointment time varies, would be weekdays only.

Malden: female seeking help with mail, online billing, paperwork, and household organizing every other week. Weekend availability is flexible; Saturday mornings/afternoons or Sunday mornings ok, evenings are also possible. Cat lovers wanted!

Malden: female needs volunteer assistance once a month with clerical and computer work (advanced Excel, Word, Internet). Flexible schedule. Has a guide dog. Prefers a female volunteer and a non-smoker.

Marblehead: female looking for a female volunteer visits to run errands and get out of the house. Visits would be on a monthly basis. Weekdays best. A car will be needed.

Marlborough: woman seeking a weekly female volunteer to help with grocery and clothes shopping, errands, and walking (she would like to get out of the house more). Best times are Mondays, Wednesday afternoons, or Fridays after 2:00. A car will be needed for shopping.

Medford: female looking for a weekly volunteer driver to take her to hair appointments and doctor’s appointments. Also needs assistance with reading mail, magazine articles, and other printed materials. Weekdays are best, evenings are possible.

Natick: female needs assistance with errands and grocery and clothes shopping. Weekday evenings after work are best, will do weekends if necessary.

Natick: female looking for a monthly volunteer to help with errands, sorting mail, reading labels, occasional grocery shopping, and going for walks on nice days. Weekday afternoons are best, but evenings and weekends are also okay. (“Anything but mornings!”) A car is needed; volunteer must be able to tolerate smoking.p>

Needham: male who owns small business seeking assistance with filling out bills, reading mail, and setting up online bill pay. Best times to meet are weekday mornings around 11 a.m. or later, or early afternoons around 1 p.m.

Newton: woman seeking a weekly female volunteer to help with reading (paper, Newton monthly newsletter), sending cards, clerical (paperwork, checkbook), grocery shopping, occasional clothes shopping, and socialization: going to the movies, concerts, maybe someone to play bridge with. Weekday afternoons. A car will be needed.

Norwood: male is looking for weekly assistance for grocery shopping. He is free Mondays through Thursdays during the day and prefers a male volunteer with a car. This gentleman doesn’t regard his volunteers as simply volunteers – they become friends over time.

Peabody: Calling animal lovers! Female in need of grocery shopping assistance and errands on Friday mornings. She has a guide dog and one cat.

Peabody: female looking for monthly assistance with reading and filling out pamphlets and other forms for the Perkins Library. Has one cat.

Quincy: female seeking a female volunteer to assist her with grocery shopping and occasional mail reading every other week. Saturday and Sunday afternoons are preferable. Car needed for shopping.

Quincy: female looking for a weekly volunteer to assist her with reading mail and organizing and labeling household items. Weekends are preferred, although she can occasionally do early evenings. Must be ok with cats.

Stoughton: Reader for Stoughton male wanted: magazines, organizing papers, and possibly errands or grocery shopping.

Wakefield: female looking for weekly assistance with grocery shopping, clothes shopping, and organizing papers and files. Available any day except Saturday. Needs a car for shopping. Female volunteer preferable for clothes shopping.

Waltham: couple in need of a grocery shopper, as well as someone to go with them to the bank and post office. Weekday mornings preferred. They are looking for an experienced shopper who listens.

Watertown: woman seeking assistance every other week for reading mail, writing checks, and occasional grocery shopping. Available Tuesdays and Thursdays during the day. Has one cat. A car will be needed for the occasional grocery store trip.

Weymouth: male is looking for assistance with occasional computer-related tasks and running errands. Prefers to meet in the mornings or afternoons during the week or on the weekends, but will also consider evenings. A car is needed for errands.

East Weymouth: female seeking monthly assistance with grocery shopping and occasional clothes shopping. Weekday mornings around 11 a.m. are best; cannot do weekends or evenings. A car will be needed, as most of the shopping will be BJ’s and Market Basket.

Winthrop: male looking for assistance with reading, dictating letters, and writing up notes every other week. Weekdays after 10:30 or 11 a.m. are best, but he is flexible - mornings, afternoons, or evenings are suitable. Avid readers and political junkies apply – this consumer loves reading, discussing state legislature, and how bills affect the disabled community.

Wilmington: woman seeking a monthly female volunteer to assist with clothes shopping and going to Bed Bath & Beyond. Weekdays or weekday evenings best, unavailable on the weekends.

If you didn’t see a profile for someone near you, there still may be a good match for you soon. Please fill out the volunteer application form to get in touch with our volunteer coordinators.

Volunteers for Vision

Volunteers for vision assist with a range of daily tasks. Each volunteer has a unique role depending on the needs of the blind individual, but volunteers often assist with:

  • grocery shopping
  • errands
  • clerical tasks
  • reading print material, such as mail
    • You might help a neighbor go through the weekly pile of mail, choose products together at the grocery store, or pick out greeting cards together at the pharmacy.

      Volunteers must be 18 or older or accompanied by a parent or guardian. Potential volunteers are interviewed, undergo a criminal record check (CORI) and attend an orientation. Time commitment ranges from two hours per week to two hours every other week, with a minimum commitment of six months.

      View profiles of blind individuals in need of volunteers:

Our Volunteers

The goal of the Volunteers for Vision Program is to provide blind individuals with confidential, reliable, one-on-one assistance so that they do not have to rely on family, friends or neighbors to complete tasks that require vision. Many blind individuals do not have a regular source of assistance, and need to conduct many of the same business transactions that sighted individuals do — reading mail, filling out forms, paying bills, balancing checkbooks, shopping for clothes and groceries, sending out holiday or birthday cards, writing letters, and more. Our volunteer program offers a reliable source of assistance that helps visually impaired people live with dignity and a sense of independence.

Our Volunteers range from teens to retirees, and live across the state of Massachusetts. Meet a few of our volunteers:


Volunteer It's very satisfying to know we can accomplish something useful in just an hour or two. Adele is lovely -- very smart and funny and great company. I am thoroughly enjoying my time with her.


Volunteer I've learned so much volunteering for her - it means a lot that I can help her out.


Volunteer Volunteering has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.


Volunteer The relationship is great! I've volunteered for him for years and he has become a very close friend.

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