Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

Spa Day for our Seniors

Thursday, August 1, 2019
When you are a senior with vision loss and chronic conditions, anytime is a good time for a spa day!   We are creating an integrated volunteer day of pampering and are asking for your support to help make this event a reality by providing a team of volunteers to serve as sighted guides, host activities and serve refreshments between spa appointments and more during a day of beauty and wellness.
Financial Contribution: $ 600
Volunteers Required: 12
Date: August 1, 2019
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location:  Lighthouse Guild, 250 West 64th Street @ West End Avenue

Senior Program: Casino Game/Craft Day For Seniors

Flexible 2019
The Adult Day Health Care Program of Lighthouse Guild needs a team of 10 volunteers to help our visually impaired senior citizens by engaging them in activities that create physical, mental, and creative stimuli. The Adult Day Health Care program provides support to people with a diagnosed chronic medical condition, and a functional vision problem. The support includes companionship, activities, nutrition, healthcare and therapy. We need a team of volunteers to assist the staff create a special day and manage a combination of activities which physically, mentally and creatively challenge them as well as gives them that special day to look forward to. We would like to have a casino game day complete with horse racing, roulette, black jack and the like. For the seniors. The activity would take place between 10:30 am and 2:30 pm.
Financial Contribution:  $900
Volunteers Required: 12
Date: Flexible
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  250 West 64th Street @ West End Avenue.

Tandem Ride With a Visually Impaired Teen

Saturday, October 26, 2019
The Youth Transition Program supports teenagers 14 – 18 years of age who are visually impaired. The participants are provided with opportunities for personal growth and increased self-sufficiency with activities that refine independent living skills. We created this opportunity to give the gift of a bike ride to a visually impaired teen. The Tandem Ride event encourages the spirit of teamwork, lifts up the importance of physical activity and creates new possibilities for what can be done by a visually impaired person. Volunteer participants will learn sighted guide techniques and how to ride a bike in tandem. Prior experience riding a bike is required.
Financial Contribution: $ 2200
Volunteers Required: 15
Date: October 2019 (date is flexible)
Time: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Location:  Central Park @ West.

Got Talent? How About Entertaining Seniors?      

Date Flexible
Is there a dancer, singer or other performer in you yearning to break free?  This may be your chance.  We are interested in having an integrated variety show for our Adult Day Health Care Program. Our seniors will perform as well.  Your team would come ready to perform. We can arrange a two hour show in the morning or a one hour show in the afternoon with time before and after to interact with the seniors, event set up, event breakdown and if necessary escorting seniors around the venue.
Financial Contribution: $ 200
Volunteers Required: 8 -15 depending upon the number of performances.
Date: Flexible
Time: Either 9:30 am – 1:00 pm or 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location:  Lighthouse Guild, 250 West 64th Street @ West End Avenue.

Take A Visually Impaired Teen Bowling

Saturday, October 2019 – April 2020
Join a group of 23 teenagers who are visually impaired or blind for an afternoon bowling! After receiving a short training on sighted guide techniques, you will assist Lighthouse staff by guiding the teens from Lighthouse Guild to the bowling alley. You will be paired with a teenager for the trip to the bowling alley, during bowling and on the trip back to Lighthouse Guild for dismissal. You will share a pizza lunch with the teens at the bowling alley.
Financial Contribution: $ 2300
Volunteers Required: 12
Date: October through December 2019 or January – April 2020 (Saturday date is flexible)
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:45 PM
Location:  Lighthouse Guild, 250 West 64th Street @ West End Avenue

Career Preparation Mock Interviews

February, April, October & December
Our Career Services program provides training and assistance for visually impaired people who are looking for a job. An important part of this service is preparing clients for the interview including practicing traveling to an unfamiliar location for the interview. We are looking for a group of corporate volunteers who are willing to conduct mock interviews for these program participants at their place of work. Each session consists of approximately six participants. At most we would require one staff person per student for the mock interviews which would take no longer than 30 minutes each.  At most 6 staff members or at least 2 or 3 staff persons would conduct more than one interview. The event can end with a 30 minute debrief for a greater learning experience.  The students would be accompanied by 2-3 Career Services Counselors.
Financial Contribution:  None
Volunteers Required:  6
Date:  4 times annually
Time:  TBD
Location:  Your corporate office

Senior Halloween Party

Thursday, October 31, 2019
Have a ghoulish good time with our seniors as a sponsor for the annual Halloween Party! You will host spooky activities, provide light refreshments, dance with them on the dance floor, judge the costume contest and more.
Financial Contribution:  $1000
Volunteers Required: 10
Date:  October 31, 2019
Time:  9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Location:  Lighthouse Guild, 250 West 64th Street @ West End Avenue.

Host a Tour of Your Company for Teens

Saturday’s November 2019 – April 2020
Open a world of new career possibilities for the students in the Saturday Youth Transition Program!   We invite you and your team to organize a tour of your company that will create awareness of the different of occupations it takes to run your business. Give our students an opportunity to experience your work environment, hear about the different jobs known and unknown that it takes to run the business.  Finally share the skills and course work necessary to succeed. The event will include time for icebreakers and lunch, where there will be an opportunity for one-on-one interactions with the teens.
Financial Contribution: $600-800 depending upon location (transportation and/or lunch)
Volunteers Required: TBD by group
Date:  Flexible; November – April 2019 – 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location:  Your company

Teach Teens to Dress for Success – Professional Attire Fashion Show / Try-On Event

January – May 2020
We need a team of volunteers to find creative ways to explain attire guidelines (formal, semi-formal, business, business casual, and casual) to our teens in the Saturday Youth Transition Program. At the conclusion of the event, the teens should know the difference between the different categories and have an opportunity to see/touch, try on or see a fashion show of the different categories for a work environment.  Use the lunch break as an opportunity to have one-on-one conversations with the teens. This is an ideal opportunity for an organization with image consultants as a part of their team.
Financial Contribution: $600 (transportation and lunch)
Volunteers Required: TBD by group
Date:  Flexible; November – April 2019 – 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location:  Your company or on site at Lighthouse Guild

Brunch with Us

Flexible – January – April 2020
Help the Teens in the Saturday Youth Transition Program cook and eat a real NYC Brunch!  Volunteers will work with a group of teens to prepare different courses of a New York brunch! During this event, the teens will learn about the components of a brunch, how to prepare a room for a meal event, how to set the table and how to lead conversations during a social gathering.
Financial Contribution: $600 (meal components)
Volunteers Required: 10
Date:  Flexible; January – April 2019 – 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM
Location:  250 West 64th Street, between West End and Amsterdam Avenues.

Teen Empowerment Conference

Flexible / March – April 2020
A diverse team of corporate professionals will lead a series of 45 minute workshops for visually impaired teens on a variety of topics that will empower them in three ways. They will: 1. be able to find more value in their academic work, 2. begin to prepare for the work world and, 3. develop a foundation for a financially responsible life. The topics will include:

  • Financial readiness. The components of a paycheck and the need for a budget. (2 volunteers)
  • Mock interviews, the right and wrong things to do during job interviews. (4 volunteers)
  • The world of work. How the classes you take now lead to careers. (3 volunteers)
  • Workplace attire; what’s right, what’s wrong. (4 volunteers)
  • Selling yourself, how to create your elevator speech. (4 volunteers)

Financial Contribution:  $1,070
Volunteers Required: 17
Date: Flexible (October 2019 –  April 2020)
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM on Saturday
Location:  250 West 64th Street @ West End Avenue.

Lighthouse Guild Annual Holiday Celebration

December 2019
Make the Holiday season brighter for the participants in our Saturday Youth Programs and Adult Day HealthCare Programs. We invite corporate and community volunteer groups as well as individual volunteers to sponsor a student or senior and provide a personalized gift package for each. The candidates identifying information is provided at the time of sponsorship. To sponsor a student or senior, contact Sharon Montrose at MontroseS@lighthouseguild.org.
Date:  December 2019
Place: Lighthouse Guild, 250 West 64th Street @ West End Avenue.

Reading Program: Bring the Reading program to Your Location

Weekdays / On Going
Do you want to bring an on-going service opportunity to your company?  The Reading Services Program is looking for locations for visually impaired adults to have 1 or 2 hour reading sessions with a volunteer.  The mission of this program is to ensure that printed material-for personal, educational or professional use is accessible to people who are visually impaired. The client will provide the reading material.  The content can range from personal mail to newspapers, magazines, mail books, and textbooks, class notes and research materials and a wide variety of business documents.  To participate, the company must provide a private space for the reading pair to read that is available at the same time each week.  Access to a computer, printer or WiFi is ideal.  The minimum commitment is six months. 

Visionary Partner Program

Lighthouse Guild’s Visionary Partner Program offers numerous levels by which corporations can have an immediate, positive impact on the lives of people who are visually impaired. Opportunities include:

Music Education with Lincoln Center for the teens in the Youth Transition Program – Through musical performances Lincoln Center Education’s mission is to enrich the lives of students by providing opportunities for engagement with the arts onstage, in the classroom, digitally, and in the community.
Donation: TBD

Youth Programs  – We welcome corporate sponsorship and participation for recreational, cultural and educational activities during the hours of 9:00 am – 3:00 pm, on Saturday  that support the programmatic agenda of developing well-rounded, confident and independent teens.  Past events have included Tandem Bike Rides, Career Prep workshops and bowling outings.

For more information about the Visionary Partner Program, please contact Cheryl A. Pemberton Graves at Gravesc@lighthouseguild.org. 

Thank you for your generous corporate and volunteer support!