this is the volunteer page of the blind service association website.



The services that are available at Blind Service Association could not happen without the dedication of volunteers who faithfully give of their time to read one-to-one to clients, to record books for audio playback, to mentor, to do office work, or to help in fund raising activities.

We welcome you to join the BSA family and give the gift of your time in helping blind and visually impaired adults, adolescents and children to succeed in achieving independence in their lives. Please contact Blind Service Association if you are interested in volunteering by either email or phone 312-236-0808. All volunteers must be 18 years of age and over.

reading & recording

Blind Service Association provides reader services at our downtown office, as well as at satellite locations. Our volunteers read to clients a broad range of materials including textbooks, novels, legal transcripts and routine mail.

Some clients prefer recordings to live reading. Students on a tight schedule who need to study a textbook, for instance, might find it helpful to drop off their materials to be recorded and picked up later for future review at home.

All potential volunteers must attend our one hour Information Session, at our downtown office. The Information Session will give potential volunteers information on BSA's history, mission, variety of programs and services, and what volunteers can do to help. Volunteers must also be at least 18 years old, have a clear speaking voice and the ability to read at a college level for the entire length of a two hour session. Volunteers with special talents like reading foreign languages, advanced math, computer skills, etc are especially welcome. If you are interested in volunteering, please email Marty Kummetz (email) or call the BSA office at 312-236-0808.


Blind Service Association seeks visually impaired adults who have achieved success in their lives to mentor students aged 10 to 18. The goal of our mentoring program is to increase self-esteem and to boost daily living and social skills among youngsters facing the challenges of visual impairment. To find out more, please contact Dustin Cather(email) or call the office at 312-236-0808.


The Staff at Blind Service Association can always use assistance in the downtown office. Volunteers may be asked to update mailing lists, send out newsletters, make phone calls, schedule appointments, or a thousand-and-one other tasks. For more information please call the office at 312-236-0808 or contact Marty Kummetz (email).


Blind Service Association is a not-for-profit organization that depends on donations from individuals and corporations to fulfill its mission. We do not receive any government funding. A special group of young professionals called The Associates is dedicated to this unavoidably necessary work. They put together fundraising events such as concerts and social gatherings - and help spread the word about Blind Service Association's important contributions to the visually impaired community. If you are interested in joining the Associates please contact Brian Oleszczuk(email) or call 312-236-0808.