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Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Prevent Blindness Texas! Our vital work and success is made possible by our staff and our current and future VOLUNTEERS like you! There are many volunteer opportunities available for both individuals and groups that help support the cause and mission of Prevent Blindness Texas.

As a Prevent Blindness Texas volunteer, there is a wide-range of volunteer opportunities available such as becoming a certified vision screener, assisting at special events or participating in other ways that help us achieve our mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or can make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming a Prevent Blindness Texas volunteer.

To learn more about becoming a Prevent Blindness Texas volunteer, please select a topic below:

Children’s Vision Screener

Children Vision Screeners will conduct vision screenings at schools, health fairs, and community settings, as scheduled by Prevent Blindness Texas program staff. Upon completing the Children’s Screening Basics Course, participants will be able to manage or assist in an overall screening, set up the screening area, observe signs of potential vision problems and determine the pass/referral criteria for testing.

Adult Vision Screener

Adult Vision Screeners will conduct vision screenings in community settings, as scheduled by Prevent Blindness Texas program staff. Adult Vision Screeners must complete the Prevent Blindness Texas training course that stresses the importance of regular eye exams, evaluating the results of screenings and conducting follow-up processes. Training participants will learn about risks for certain eye diseases, distance vision acuity tests, near vision acuity tests, visual field tests, exit interviews to interpret results for the person who is screened, and appropriate screening reports. Course participants become certified when they complete the Screener Basics Course and successfully demonstrate their knowledge of skills at an observed screening.

Health Fair Representative

Health Fair Representatives will function as an advocate representing Prevent Blindness Texas by facilitating information booths/tables. Written literature on eye health and safety, programs, events and brochures outlining services from our organization are distributed at health fairs. Volunteers will be responsible for facilitating the booth set up, monitoring the volunteers, and breakdown of the exhibit. Volunteers will be responsible for returning all materials back to the office.

Eye Health & Safety Speaker

Eye Health & Safety Speakers give professional eye health & safety presentations on behalf of Prevent Blindness Texas to various community groups. Prevent Blindness Texas will train volunteers on the core programs and specialty topics. Training to become a presenter is required.

Special Events

Special Events volunteers help make the special events for Prevent Blindness Texas occur throughout the year. Volunteers are always needed for special events such as the Eye Ball, Light the Night for Sight, Person of Vision Dinner and other special events.

​Office Support

Office Support volunteers will assist with day-to-day projects that may include database entry, research, filing, stuffing envelopes, mail outs, answering phones, special projects, and administration support.

Student Internship

Learn more about non-profit management with a hands-on internship with Prevent Blindness Texas. This position is unpaid, but offers a valuable learning experience for any college student looking to work in a non-profit sector when he/she graduates.

Other Opportunities

There are many other volunteer opportunities with Prevent Blindness Texas. If you have a specific skill, we will work to accommodate your skill set with a specific volunteer position within the organization.

Why Should I Volunteer?

Prevent Blindness has the only national program that trains and certifies people around the country to conduct screenings that find vision problems in adults. Our screening procedures are recommended by many of the nation’s leading eye care professionals and researchers.

Only an eye doctor can diagnose and treat a vision problem, but  vision screenings help find children and adults who need a full eye exam. Prevent Blindness America’s vision screenings are an accurate, cost-effective way to find vision problems and refer people with signs of problems to eye doctors for professional care.

Our vital work and success is made possible by our staff and our current and future VOLUNTEERS like you! There are many volunteer opportunities available for both individuals and groups that help support the cause and mission of Prevent Blindness Texas.


What Type of Volunteer Positions are Available?

Prevent Blindness Texas has many volunteer opportunities available for both individuals and groups that help support our cause and mission. As a Prevent Blindness Texas volunteer, there is a wide-range of volunteer opportunities available such as becoming a certified vision screener, assisting at special events or participating in other ways that help us achieve our mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight.


Is there a Time Commitment Required to Volunteer?

Prevent Blindness Texas has a wide range of volunteer positions that require commitments of varying length and time.  Time commitments vary according to the area in which you choose to volunteer. Prevent Blindness Texas also offers internship opportunities for college students. Whether you can spare a few hours a week or can make a more significant time commitment, please consider becoming a Prevent Blindness Texas volunteer.


How Old do I Have to be to Volunteer?

Most volunteer opportunities are open to adults who are at least 18 years old. To find out more information about possible volunteer opportunities for students who are in high school and 14-18 years of age, please contact your nearest Prevent Blindness Texas office.


Are there Internship Opportunities Available at Prevent Blindness Texas?

Yes, there are many internship opportunities available within different support areas. This position is unpaid, but offers a valuable learning experience for any college student looking to work in a non-profit sector when he/she graduates. For more information, please contact your nearest Prevent Blindness Texas office.


Are Volunteers Subject to Background Checks?

Background checks have become a major area of focus at Prevent Blindness Texas.  In order to ensure the protection of our clients and volunteers, mandatory background checks were implemented for all volunteers and employees. The background check initiative helps us achieve a safe and secure work environment for our clients, volunteers and employees.  Volunteers are not responsible for any costs or fees associated with the background check.


How do I Start the Process of Becoming a Volunteer?

To become a volunteer, please begin by downloading and reviewing the Volunteer Application Packet. Please complete and submit the required forms and a copy of identification to the Prevent Blindness Texas for which you are applying to become a volunteer. Once Prevent Blindness Texas reviews your application and completes a background check, you will be contacted to discuss your volunteer interests and availability. We look forward to meeting you and greatly appreciate your generosity of your time and talents.

If you have additional questions or need additional information, please contact your nearest Prevent Blindness Texas office or call 1-888-98-SIGHT. Again, thank you for your interest in volunteering with Prevent Blindness Texas!  We look forward to hearing from you!

As a Prevent Blindness Texas volunteer, there is a wide-range of volunteer opportunities available such as becoming a certified vision screener, assisting at special events or participating in other ways that help us achieve our mission of preventing blindness and preserving sight. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please take a few minutes to review the information listed below to begin the volunteer application process.


What’s Included?

The Volunteer Application Packetincludes the following:

  • PBT Overview (About Prevent Blindness Texas)
  • Volunteer Opportunities
  • Volunteer Code of Conduct and Ethics
  • Risk Management Policies and Procedures
  • Volunteer/Staff Training and Development
  • Volunteer Acceptance Policy
  • Volunteer Application Form
  • Background Screening Consent Form
  • Volunteer Acknowledgement and Receipt

The Application Process

The process to apply to become a Prevent Blindness Texas volunteer is as follows:

  1. Please review pages 1-8 of the Volunteer Application Packet and keep for future reference.
  2. Please SUBMIT and COMPLETE the following forms:
    • Volunteer Application Form
    • Background Screening Consent Form (Please review full version of the End User Agreement Found below)
    • Volunteer Acknowledgement and Receipt
  3. Fax, email, or mail your completed forms to the Prevent Blindness Texas office for which you are applying to become a volunteer.

Once Prevent Blindness Texas reviews your application and completes a background check, you will be contacted to discuss your volunteer interests and availability. If you have additional questions or need additional information, please contact your nearest Prevent Blindness Texas office.  We look forward to hearing from you!

Volunteer Application Packet

Verified Volunteers End User Agreement Packet

For further questions, please contact us at 713-526-2559, Ext. 106.  We look forward to meeting you!