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VISIONS’ Intergenerational Program recruits and trains students, 15 years of age and over, to assist seniors who are blind. Working in pairs, the youth travel to the homes of seniors to visit, read, shop, do errands and/or escort them within the neighborhood. These friendly visits help to decrease the loneliness and isolation often experienced by homebound elders. Students may also be asked to assist with meal service where they escort, socialize and serve meals to the seniors at our community center, VISIONS’ at Selis Manor at 135 W. 23rd St in NYC.  Students will also be participating in a variety of intergenerational activities, classes and training seminars.


Volunteer Title:                  VISIONS’ Volunteer Service Assistant (V.S.A.)


Days and Hours:                 Minimum of 4 days per week. Services are provided between the hours of 10:00-5pm, Monday through Friday. Applicants must be able to attend orientation/training.


Specific Duties:                   Shop for or with clients, escort, reading, assist with computers, and “friendly visits.” Plus, provide assistance with intergenerational programs, classes, meal service, and participate in trainings at our community center, VISIONS’ at Selis Manor on West 23rd Street in NYC.


Program Incentives:         Students receive a letter of recommendation, community service hours, metrocards if needed, a gift card of his/her choice, and certificate upon completion of program.


Requirements/Process      Must be 15 and over.  Must be punctual, reliable, mature, and have good reading and verbal communication skills. Able to volunteer at least 4 days per week.  Must be able and willing to travel throughout Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx.  Must submit via fax or email (.doc format) a completed application for consideration.


Deadline:                              Applications must be received by Friday, June 17th


For further information and/or an application contact:

Teresa Rivero, Senior Center Program Associate

VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired

135 West 23rd Street

New York, NY 10011

(646) 486-4444 Ext.233