FRIENDS FOR SIGHT
Meeting Date: 7/8/10
You can also visit Friends for Sight on The Exchange, the Thayne Center’s online community partner database. You’ll find contact information, projects, directions to the site, and other useful information to get you started!
SUGGESTED ACADEMIC DISIPLINES THAT MIGHT BE A GOOD FIT:
Health, Communication, Social Work
COMMUNITY PARTNER OVERVIEW/MISSION:
The mission of Friends For Sight is to prevent blindness by providing free vision screenings.
661 S 200 E.
Salt Lake City, 84111
Emily Wallis, the Volunteer Coordinator at Friends for Sight, began there in June of 2010. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Westminster in Communications. Previously, Emily worked for an orthodontist and did all the marketing for the business. Her experience as an orthodontist marketer led her to the job at Friends For Sight, since both are medical, and therefore have a connection.
There is a brief orientation and training on how to use the medical equipment.
No background check required.
Hours are flexible. There are morning (the most in need), afternoon, and weekend shifts available.
Screenings usually take place in schools, nursing homes, and other centers throughout Salt Lake. This opportunity might not be the best for persons with disabilities, but those who are bilingual are especially needed. Emily informed us that in the future, volunteer opportunities for students will expand to include internships within the office, where opportunities will include administrative work.
Volunteers at Friends For Sight will help to screen patients for any vision problems, ensuring health eyes and sight. First, volunteers go through a training teaching them how to operate the vision testing equipment. One of the devices that volunteers are trained to use is called a Tonometer, which checks the pressure in the eye. This test is used to see if a patient has glaucoma or not. Glaucoma is a disease in which the optic nerve is damaged, leading to progressive, irreversible loss of vision. It is often, but not always, associated with increased pressure of the fluid in the eye. As you can tell, those who volunteer here will participate in hands-on, rewarding work.
Start volunteering today! You can visit their website and also check out their information in The Exchange.