Make a difference with just 2 hours/week…with CNIB

Do you want to make a difference but only have a few hours to spare?  We are currently recruiting for Vision Mate volunteers in the Saint John Area. Our current client needs include (but are not limited to):

  •  Computer Skills? Help a North Side Saint John man who is blind, by volunteering 2 or 3 times a week for 1 hour shifts (date/time is flexible) to help him use his computer. Basic computer knowledge and English reading skills are required for this position. This is a short term position with a 2-3 month commitment required.
  • Love to shop? Help a Coldbrook area senior lady with vision loss by volunteering 2 hours a week to assist with getting groceries. Role will include getting yourself to the clients home, going with her in a taxi to the grocery store, assisting with shopping, reading labels, etc. and ensuring her safe return home with her purchases. This is an ongoing position but people with short-term availability are still encouraged to apply.
  •  Do you love to be active and have fun? Help a young Rothesay lady with vision and hearing loss be independent, get more physical activity by going for walks or just play cards or games and have fun together. This is an ongoing position requiring a 2 hour weekly commitment.
  • Transit user & love to shop? Do you have a bus pass and love to go to the mall? Help an uptown Saint John area lady learn to navigate the city by taking the bus to the mall and back with her. You can even do a little shopping while you’re there! You will receive specific orientation and mobility training. Position requires a weekly ongoing commitment.

What is a Vision Mate? Vision Mate volunteers provide sighted assistance to a person who is blind or partially sighted and are carefully matched with that person based on mutual interests. Activities may include reading (mail, books, newspaper, etc.), shopping (errands, groceries, etc.), recreation (going for walks, go to the gym, swimming, etc.), and social visiting (chatting over a cup of tea, playing cards/games, etc.). Vision Mates volunteer in their own neighbourhood, on days and times that are convenient for them (including evenings and weekends). Vision Mates are never asked to cook, clean, provide personal care, provide counselling or lift heavy objects. Vision Mate volunteers must be reliable, patient, responsible and friendly.  Requirements: Before you are placed as a Vision Mate, volunteers need to complete an application form, discuss their interests/application with the Coordinator, obtain a police record and vulnerable sector check (any associated costs are reimbursable after 3 months of volunteering), provide references and attend training. Training Provided: All new volunteers will receive an orientation to CNIB, orientation to the Vision Mate program, and training in the Sighted Guide technique. Additional training will be provided as needed. Commitment: We generally ask for a minimum of 2 hours per week and at least a three-month commitment to the program, however, this does vary based on client needs so contact us if you have any questions. Students who go home for the summer months and snow-birds that travel seasonally are still encouraged to apply. Join us! CNIB passionately provides community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life. To do that, we work with people of all ages in their own homes and communities, providing the services and support they need to rediscover their independence. To learn more about CNIB and the Vision Mate program or to apply to be a volunteer, visit us online at or contact  Coordinator, Volunteer Services at or call 506-857-4240 ext. 5619