Volunteer FAQ

What opportunities are there for volunteers?
Our volunteer program offers  a variety of opportunities such as internships, adult and youth program assistants and office assistant positions. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for detailed information or browse through our Current Volunteer Openings. Once you have found a volunteer opportunity that fits your needs, fill out a Volunteer Application. After we receive your application, we’ll contact you to schedule an interview.

What is the time commitment for volunteering?
On average, volunteers serve four hours a week. However, time commitments can vary depending on which area or program you are involved with. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page for more information.

What is the minimum age to become a volunteer?
The majority of our volunteers are over 18 years old. We also welcome teenagers, 16 and up, and place them on projects on a case by case basis. Please call 212-821-9688 for more information.

What are the benefits of volunteering with Lighthouse Guild?
You can make a difference by helping someone with vision loss lead a productive and independent life. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities that will let you work directly with Lighthouse Guild clients, at special events or provide support in our administrative offices. Not only will you gain experience working in a professional organization, you’ll see how your work helps our clients each and every day. There is no more rewarding experience than helping someone in need.

Additional perks to volunteering at Lighthouse Guild:

•    Volunteers who give over 5.5 hours a day receive a lunch voucher and round-trip MTA New York City Transit public transportation reimbursement.

•    Volunteers are recognized with service pins for their years of service in increments of five years.

•    Each year during National Volunteer Week, Lighthouse Guild recognizes the dedicated volunteers who have supported them throughout the year.

•    An annual Volunteer Award Recognition Ceremony is held to honor all volunteers. Read about how you can qualify for The President’s Volunteer Service Award.

Where are volunteer opportunity available?
Volunteer opportunities are available at the following locations:

Corporate Headquarters
15 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023

111 East 59th Street
New York, NY 10022

2 Clara Barton Drive
Albany, NY 12208

1170 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14209

Niagara Falls
4520 Military Road
Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Palm Beach
Palm Beach Towers
44 Coconut Row
Palm Beach, Florida 33480

4 Executive Plaza
Yonkers, NY 10701

1 North Lexington Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

95 Church Avenue
White Plains, NY 10601

Individuals who are visiting New York City from outside the United States with appropriate documentation are also welcome to volunteer. We do not facilitate help with visas or certification.