Volunteers make a difference in the eyes of a child by providing vision screening and follow-up vision services to elementary school children in Minneapolis and St. Paul Public schools. They help Phillips Eye Institute's Early Youth Eyecare (E.Y.E.) Community Initiative and Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile ensure that vision problems in children are identified and treated early, which can contribute to success in school and other activities.
No experience is needed to become a vision services volunteer and all training is provided.
Follow-up vision care is provided on the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile.
A variety of volunteer roles are available, including assisting with vision screening in schools, escorting students to and from the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile for vision exams, and helping students select eye glass frames on the Kirby Puckett Eye Mobile. Volunteer opticians are also needed.
All volunteer shifts occur on weekdays during regular school hours, and scheduling is flexible. Training is required and will be provided from 5 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7; Tuesday, Jan. 19; or Monday, Feb. 1. (Volunteers need only attend one training session; training start times vary by position.)
For information and to register for a training session, email EYE@allina.com or call 612-775-8964.
Phillips Eye Institute is the second largest eye specialty hospital (in patient volume) in the United States. Dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases and disorders, Phillips Eye Institute’s ophthalmologists offer an extensive array of specialty services from diagnostic tests and vision rehabilitation to laser eye treatments and specialized eye surgery. Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. For more information about Allina Health, visit our website at allinahealth.org and join us on Facebook and Twitter .