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Thank you to all Vista Center Volunteers on
September 21st - National Volunteer Day!

Image 1: Janet Lewis sitting at the front deskOn Tuesdays and Wednesdays at Vista Center San Jose, front desk volunteer Janet Lewis greets clients and visitors with a smile. Janet, who has been a volunteer at the center for over 6 years, is a “jane of all trades”. Not only does she guide clients to their classes, but she also processes sales, assists within classes, and helps clients with small tasks. “Our clients know that the volunteers care. We choose to come and dedicate our time, and show that we care about them and the community,” states Janet.

During the merger between Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Santa Clara Valley Blind Center (SCVBC), the organization welcomed many of SCVBC’s dedicated volunteers, like Janet, into the Vista Center family. A number of their long-standing volunteers continue to volunteer to teach weekly programs, assist in technology classes, and act as sighted guides for clients.

Image 2: Carol Silveria holding a sewing thread organizerClient-volunteer Carol Silveria has been a client since she was 14 years old, and her parents were heavily involved with SCVBC. Carol volunteers on Tuesdays as the sewing class instructor and Wednesday as a client-volunteer. Carol explains, “It’s more than just teaching new skills, it’s that moment when they say, ‘Wow this IS something I can do.’”

Image 3: Joe Silveria standing in the Vista Center San Jose lobbyCarol’s husband Joe Silveria has been a volunteer for over 38 years, and still has the same passion for volunteerism as when he started. His duties as a “catchall” volunteer include taking clients to the store, sweeping around the building, and supporting Wednesday Client Days. Joe shared, “I get a lot of joy out of volunteering. It’s great when you have the right attitude, and do it with your heart.”

If you're interested in volunteering for Vista Center, please contact Neeraj Gupta at Vista Center offers many meaningful volunteer opportunities, and is always looking for new volunteers! Sign up today to make a difference in our community.

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"Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a crucial organization that affords individuals the opportunity to live an independent life.
Having grown up with two blind parents I have first hand knowledge of the life changing support Vista Center provides in assisting individuals suddenly faced with blindness."

Jim Plunkett, former Vista Center board member