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For Current Volunteers

If you are a current volunteer at Vista, then thank you for continuing to work on behalf of our many clients. Your volunteer time and efforts are so important to the quality of our clients’ lives. So thank you from the staff and clients of Vista Center for all that you do. We do keep track of all volunteer hours so please help us by reporting your volunteer hours every month. It is very easy to do so. Just….Volunteer portal.


For Potential Volunteers

Thank you for your interest in helping to make a difference in the life of someone who is visually impaired. We will do all we can to make this experience meaningful for you, once you have signed up to become a volunteer. Please know that the work you will do as a volunteer is critical to the clients we assist as an agency. And it is very easy to apply. Just select this link to apply Volunteer application.  

If you have any difficulty in completing or submitting your application, please contact Neeraj Gupta, Volunteer Coordinator at or call 650 858-0202, ext. 236.

Volunteers attend an on-site, informative, interactive orientation and training seminar.  Below are some of our volunteer opportunities.   

Client Partner Program

Direct support of our clients is Vista Center’s most popular volunteer program. Meet a few times a month with someone affected by a visual impairment. Depending on what is needed, you might be reading aloud, helping with mail, going on walks, running errands or just having a friendly visit. We match you with a client based on your region and interests.  A 6-month commitment is requested.

Accessibility Team Member

With an additional 8 hours of volunteer training, and under the direction of the Volunteer Coordinator and Rehabilitation Staff, volunteers conduct home visits to help clients develop filing/tracking systems, program phones, and/or label appliances. If you have experience, education, or an interest in Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Social Services, this opportunity will be a perfect fit. This type of work is dependent upon client needs. A 6-month commitment is requested.

Volunteer On-call

Periodically, a client needs help with a home project such as unpacking or figuring out a complicated form. We can also use assistance now and again with delivering adaptive aids including canes and cane tips to clients.

Office On-call

Are you a computer or collating whiz? We often need help with mailings, updating computer files, or other office work.

Palo Alto Store

The Store at Vista Center is stocked with a variety of products that can help people who are blind or visually impaired enjoy and lead more independent lives. Products include color contrast and/or talking watches and clocks, replacement canes, lighting and magnification aids, cooking aids, large print calendars and address books, and games. Assist customers in finding just the right product. M-F days. Training is provided and a 6-month commitment is requested.

Event Support

Do you enjoy meeting new people and helping with events?  Summer events benefitting Vista Center are the Horse Show and Vintage Affaire that are planned and staffed by community volunteers. We would love to have your help with these important events.


Many different languages are spoken in the Bay Area. If you are fluent in English and another language, you can serve as a translator for our staff.

Youth Volunteers

Are you age 16 to 18? Vista Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired relies on enthusiastic volunteers like you for occasional help with youth events. If interested, please email Bethany Small at with your name, phone number, age and school. We’ll keep your information on file and contact you when opportunities arise.

Book Club Gets a New Volunteer Facilitator

Over 11 years ago, former Vista Center Board Member Ron Schwartz began the Book Club to encourage people who are blind or visually impaired to continue reading. Ron, who is visually impaired himself, volunteered to lead the book club with the goal of bringing education and community to people with visual impairment through reading. Read More...

Volunteers Help a Client Achieve a Dream