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Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin! Our sight saving work is made possible by current and future VOLUNTEERS like you! There are many volunteer opportunities available for both individuals and groups that help support Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.

As a Prevent Blindness Wisconsin volunteer, there are a wide-range of volunteer opportunities available such as becoming a certified vision screener, assisting at special events or participating in other ways that help us achieve our mission of ensuring each Wisconsin resident has healthy vision at every stage of life.

“I feel blessed to be part of PBW’s vision screening program for young children, and I look forward to volunteering. I’ve witnessed over several years PBW’s commitment to help children achieve and maintain healthy vision, which fosters learning and reading—it just doesn’t get better than that!” -PBW Volunteer

Children's Vision Screener

Children Vision Screeners will conduct vision screenings at preschools or childcare centers, schools, and in community settings. Upon completing the three-year Certified Children’s Vision Screening Training, participants will be matched with a volunteer group located closest to your home. You will assist in providing free, certified vision screenings to children in your community. Children’s Vision Screeners impact the lives of children with each screening they complete, “It is not lost on us that a Prevent Blindness Wisconsin volunteer changed our daughter’s life. Your vision screening started a ball rolling that will improve Addisyn’s vision for the rest of her life. It is hard for us to find the right words to thank you for that. What [Prevent Blindness Wisconsin volunteers] do is amazing and we hope you know, much appreciated.” – Michelle Reed, Addisyn’s mother (Addisyn was the Children’s Vision Preschool Ambassador in 2017).

For more information on becoming a Children’s Vision Screening Volunteer please contact [email protected].

Adult Vision Screener

Adult Vision Screeners will conduct vision screenings in community settings. Adult Vision Screeners must complete the Prevent Blindness Wisconsin certification course. Adult Certified Vision Screeners will be educated on the importance of regular eye exams, evaluating the results of screenings, and conducting vision follow-up processes. Training participants will learn about risk factors for common eye diseases, distance vision acuity tests, near vision acuity tests, exit interviews to interpret results for the person who is screened.

For more information on becoming an Adult Vision Screening Volunteer please contact [email protected].

Corporate Volunteer

The Corporate Screening Sponsorship Program gives local corporations and their employees the opportunity to serve their communities through vision screening, ensuring local children have the healthy vision they need for success! The program supports free vision screenings at local schools that cannot manage a screening alone, while giving employee volunteers an engaging

and meaningful day of hands-on service. Because of these partnerships, hundreds of children who would have been left out and left behind are now on the path to healthy vision!

“I loved working with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin during the screening. I would definitely sign up to help with something like this again next year. The time flew by and I had a blast!”

“My favorite part of the vision screening was interacting with the young children—helping them feel comfortable and knowing that without us, they may not receive a vision screening.”

For more information please contact [email protected].

Student Internship

Learn more about non-profit management with a hands-on internship with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. This position is unpaid but offers a valuable learning experience for any high school or college student looking to work in a non-profit or public health sector when he/she graduates.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Delta Gamma Students and Alumni

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin is proud to partner with Delta Gamma Fraternity in our work to prevent blindness and preserve sight. Delta Gamma sisters, whose philanthropy work is referred to as “Service for Sight”, serve as board members, volunteer as vision screeners, and advocate for the sight-saving work of Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.

For information on how your chapter of Delta Gamma can volunteer please contact [email protected].

Special Events

Special Events volunteers can assist Prevent Blindness Wisconsin at our three large events that occur throughout the year. Volunteers are always needed for special events such as the Celebrity

Waiter’s Dinner with the Milwaukee Admiral’s, Swing for Sight Golf outing, and our Annual Preschool Ambassador Family Walk.

To become a special event volunteer please contact [email protected].

Office Support

Office Support volunteers will assist with day-to-day projects that may include database entry, research, filing, stuffing envelopes, mail outs, answering phones, special projects, and administration support.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Other Opportunities

There are many other volunteer opportunities with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. If you have a specific skill, we will work to accommodate your skill set with a specific volunteer position within the organization. For more information, please contact [email protected].

Volunteering FAQ

Why Should I Volunteer with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin?

Prevent Blindness has the only national program that trains and certifies individuals around the country to conduct vision screenings for children and adults.

Only an eye doctor can diagnose and treat a vision problem, but vision screenings act as a public health initiative to identify children and adults who need a dilated eye exam. Prevent Blindness Wisconsin’s vision screenings are an accurate, cost-effective way to find vision problems and refer people with signs of problems to eye doctors for professional care.

Volunteering is fun! Our wonderful team of volunteers around the state are dedicated to helping those in their community see life to the fullest. You can choose how often you would like to volunteer based on your schedule.

 

What Type of Volunteer Positions are Available?

Prevent Blindness Wisconsin has many volunteer opportunities available for both individuals and groups that help support our cause and mission. As a Prevent Blindness Wisconsin volunteer, there are a wide-range of volunteer opportunities available such as becoming a certified vision screener, assisting at special events or participating in other ways that help us achieve our mission of ensuring each Wisconsin resident has healthy vision at every stage of life.

 

Is there a Time Commitment Required to Volunteer?

You can choose how many hours you would like to volunteer with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin.

 

Are Volunteers Subject to Background Checks?

Background checks have become a major area of focus at Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. To ensure the protection of our clients and volunteers, mandatory background checks were implemented for all volunteers and employees. The background check initiative helps us achieve a safe and secure work environment for our clients, volunteers, and employees. Volunteers are not responsible for any costs or fees associated with the background check.

 

How do I Start the Process of Becoming a Volunteer?

To become a volunteer, please contact [email protected] She will help find the opportunity that best suits your area of interest.

If you have additional questions or need additional information, please contact Prevent Blindness Wisconsin, or call 414-765-0505. Again, thank you for your interest in volunteering with Prevent Blindness Wisconsin! We look forward to hearing from you!