Greetings from MABVI!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I want to take this opportunity to thank you for the work you do as volunteers. Our volunteer program is a success because of people like you who are willing to offer your time and your sight, and we couldn't be prouder of you all and what you do.

I wanted to share with you two recently published articles highlighting some of the great relationships that have come about from our volunteer matches. We love it whenever the public gets to see how great you all are, and we hope that it inspires others to volunteer as well to help meet the needs of all the visually impaired individuals in our program who are still waiting for a match. Unfortunately, the need is great; we currently have over 50 people waiting for a volunteer match.

So please enjoy the articles I have linked to below, and I encourage you to share them with your friends and family. One easy way to do this is to post it on your personal Facebook page and the pages of any groups or organizations you belong to. If you have trouble thinking of what to say, we wrote a message below that you could simply copy and paste.

"Check out these two great recent articles about the volunteer program at the Massachusetts Association for the Blind!

I volunteer for MABVI, and they're currently in need of new volunteers, so if you're interested, please go to http://www.mabcommunity.org/mabvi/volunteer/apply-to-volunteer.html to apply. It only requires an hour of two a week of your time, and it can really make a different in the life of a blind or visually impaired person. And who knows - you might make a new friend!

 

One of the volunteers wrote an essay in the Boston Globe Magazine: http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/01/11/describing-color-blind-friend/gY93UEINazD4jkApdGT1WP/story.html

And a reporter for the Patriot Ledger wrote an article about the friendship between one of the volunteers and their match: http://www.patriotledger.com/article/20150105/NEWS/150108886/"

(Also, if you haven't liked our Facebook page yet, make sure you do so! We're at https://www.facebook.com/mabvi)

Again, thank you all for being such awesome volunteers! We're extremely proud of all of you and want the world to know!

Best,

Kyle Robidoux
Director of Volunteer & Support Group Services,
Massachusetts Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired
 

  

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The Patriot Ledger: "Volunteer program rewards Hull man, Quincy woman"
by Patrick Ronan
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Valerie and her volunteer Kenny sit on a couch together

 

When they met 10 years ago, Valerie Richardson said she knew right away that Kenny Paul was going to be a good match for her. She couldn't see him, but she knew.

 

"Sometimes when you meet people, you feel comfortable," Richardson, 60, said. "The only thing that's wrong with me is that my physical eyes don't see, but my inner eye sees things that other people don't see."

 


 
The Boston Globe Magazine, Connections Section: "Describing color to a blind friend"
by Erika S. Fine

A drawing of two women facing each other in front of a starry sky

"Is this turquoise necklace more blue or more green?" Marcia asks.

 

"More blue," I reply.

 

"Could I wear it with these turquoise earrings?"

 

"Maybe, but the earrings are probably too greenish for the necklace."

 

I'm a visual person, a close observer. I love color and can match, say, a reddish-purple fabric in my home to a paint sample in a hardware store without holding the items side by side. Marcia, on the other hand, is blind. She was born blind. Her subtle color questions used to astound me, but now they seem almost ordinary, even though I know very few sighted people so attuned to color.

 


 
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