RSVP for the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch
this Sunday, April 19th 

Greetings from MABVI!

This Sunday, April 19th, we will be holding our annual Volunteer Appreciation and Marathon Brunch! This is our chance to show our appreciation for all of the great work you volunteers do, including handing out certificates to honor volunteer milestones and presenting our annual Volunteer Awards (more information below), as well as recognizing the amazing athletes on our Team With A Vision Boston Marathon team.

More information:

Sunday, April 19, 2015


11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


The Westin Copley Place
Essex South, Third Floor
10 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA 02116


Parking at the hotel is FREE.


As volunteers, your tickets are FREE as well.


Thank you to those of you who have already RSVP'd or sent along your regrets that you cannot make it. Those who have not yet RSVP'd can do so by filling out our online registration form here:
Volunteer Appreciation and Marathon Brunch

We can't wait to see you there! 


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Volunteers needed for Marathon Weekend

Team With A Vision posing on the morning of the 2014 Boston Marathon

Some Team With A Vision members
before last year's Boston Marathon

On Marathon Monday, our Team With A Vision will toe the starting line of the Boston Marathon for the 22nd time. Every year this team of blind and sighted runners race to raise funds and awareness for MABVI, helping us continue to deliver professional, peer, and volunteer support to over 1,100 individuals each year, giving them the support they need to live with dignity and independence.


This year's team includes runners and guides from all over the U.S. in addition to Canada, England, France, and China! Also, Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!" will be returning as a sighted guide for the third year in a row! (You can meet Peter this weekend in Boston! Learn more here.


Our Marathon weekend events are made possible by the assistance of volunteers such as yourselves. MABVI is currently in need of volunteers to help pick up and drop off runners at the airport, drive runners home after Team events, and serve as guides for runners who want to see the sights of Boston. 


Interested? Email Andrea Croak at to let us know!

PeterMeet NPR's Peter Sagal in Boston
on April 18th

Erich Manser and his sighted guide Peter Sagal, host of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, posing together before the 2014 Boston Marathon.

Peter Sagal will once again be a sighted guide for Team With A Vision's Erich Manser

For the third year in a row, Peter Sagal, host of NPR's "Wait, Wait... Don't Tell Me!", will be running as a sighted guide on our Team With A Vision Boston Marathon team, and we're excited to announce that on Saturday, April 18th, you can meet the man himself!


Peter invites you to join him for a pre-Boston Marathon beer at Stoddard's Fine Food & Ale. All proceeds go towards the Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired so we can continue to offer high-quality services to those coping with vision loss throughout the state.


Appetizers, a pint of beer from Notch Brewing, and a chance to meet the voice of "Wait, Wait" are all included with your $125 donation. Space is limited, so RSVP today to make sure you don't miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity!

Get your tickets here: An Afternoon With Peter Sagal 


Read about MABVI's Volunteer Program  
in the News

Allie Dagg and Nina, who she has volunteered with for 2 years

Allie with Nina, who she has volunteered with for 2 years

Once again our wonderful volunteers have been making news!


AwardsAt the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch on Sunday, we will be handing out awards to recognize just a few of the great contributors to our Volunteer Program:


- The Jane Falk Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service will be given to Dave Couture of Arlington, who has been volunteering with the same individual for the past 21 years - and in that time, the two have become great friends. Learn more about their story in this article from the Arlington Advocate: "Arlington's Dave Couture to be honored for volunteer work with visually impaired" 


- The Family Volunteer Award will be given to Allie Dagg and her parents Stacey Sacks and David Dagg. Allie, who is now 15, began volunteering with MABVI through our Family Volunteer Program two years ago. Allie's initiative and drive to help others at such a young age is truly admirable, and you can read more about it in this piece from the Newton Tab: "Newton teen, family to be honored for volunteerism" 


- The Volunteer Community Partner Award will be given to the New England College of Optometry (NECO) for their commitment to  MABVI's mission and their support of our Volunteer Program. Learn more in this article on NECO's website: "New England College of Optometry to receive 2015 Community Partner Award from MABVI" 


In addition, Stephanie, a fourth-year NECO student and new MABVI volunteer, has written a blog about the importance of offering your sight to individuals with visual impairment and encouraging others to do the same. Read it here: "A World of Vision" 


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