Volunteer Opportunities

Sighted Guide Training
Are you a good communicator who enjoys helping others? If so, Seattle Lighthouse has the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! We are currently seeking individuals interested in being trained as a sighted guide.  As a sighted guide you will help empower people who are blind by providing visual information and assisting individuals navigate around events and meetings held both at the Lighthouse and throughout the Seattle and Puget Sound area. 

Our next sighted guide training is scheduled for September, but we are always seeking dedicated, enthusiastic volunteers to participate in the program.  For more information about this outstanding opportunity, please contact Amy Koehl at 206-436-2106 or akoehl@seattlelh.org.

The Lighthouse holds several annual fundraising and community awareness events to generate support for our Employee and Community Services programs.  If you are interested in participating on an event  committee or providing additional fundraising support, please contact Kirk Laughlin at 206-436-2253 or via email at klaughlin@seattlelh.org.

Orientation and Mobility Volunteer Opportunities
Come help Lighthouse Orientation and Mobility staff increase the travel safety of sidewalks around the Lighthouse.  We need volunteers to clear brush from sidewalks leading to the Lighthouse, and help us keep them clean and well defined for cane users as they travel to work.  This is an ongoing project that can be arranged to accommodate your schedule.  If you are interested in volunteering to help increase the accessibility of sidewalks around the Lighthouse, please contact Andrea Travis at atravis@seattlelh.org or 206-973-4002.

Ethel L. Dupar’s Fragrant Garden
Come help us with our garden restoration effort. We are in the fourth stage of rejuvenating our fragrant garden designed expressly for people with visual disabilities. If you are interested in joining a work party or otherwise helping out in the garden, please contact Andrea Travis at atravis@seattlelh.org or 206-973-4002.

Community Outreach
The Community Outreach Program’s purpose is to educate the community about blindness issues and to spread the word about employment opportunities, programs and employee achievements here at the Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc.  We need dynamic speakers and passionate Lighthouse supporters willing to represent the Lighthouse at non-profit fairs, service club meetings, school assemblies, and local events.  If you would like to be a representative, or know someone who would be great at it, please contact Andrea Travis at atravis@seattlelh.org or 206-973-4002.

Volunteer Interpreters Needed!
We have opportunities for volunteer interpreters and guides in both our Deaf-Blind community class and our annual Deaf-Blind retreat. This is a great opportunity for both professional and student interpreters to develop their skills interpreting with Deaf-Blind people and a fun way to connect with the community!

Annual Deaf-Blind Retreat
Volunteer guides and interpreters must have experience guiding and communicating with Deaf-Blind people and have a language level of ASL 6 or above. Deaf volunteers welcome!

Volunteer interpreters attending the retreat can receive minimum 0.2 CEUs towards RID (or other workplace) CEU requirements or up to 2.0 CEUs for an Independent Study project.

Deaf-Blind Community Class
Deaf and hearing volunteer sign language interpreters may be professionals, interpreting students, or community members. All volunteer interpreters must be competent in American Sign Language (ASL) and possess an appropriate level of interpreting skill and experience working with Deaf-Blind people.

Other Deaf-Blind Community Class Volunteer Opportunities
We have a number of other opportunities available in our community classes for people with all levels of experience, including:

  • Class set-up and clean-up
  • Sighted Guiding
  • Transportation to and from class
  • Videotaping and photography (we will provide camera equipment)

For more information on volunteering for our annual Deaf-Blind retreat or Deaf-Blind community classes, contact Tami Berk at her voice and TTY number 206-436-2120 or email Tami at tberk@seattlelh.org.

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