Volunteer Opportunities 2022

For more information about volunteer positions, please contact
Meghan at meghan@halfhelen.org or call 737-615-4233 and choose option 5.

Deliver Glasses to Schools (April – May, M-F 8am -2pm, Various Locations)

Thanks to Johnson & Johnson Vision, half Helen is able to provide a second pair of glasses to most students. Volunteers pick up glasses from half Helen’s office for one or more schools and drop them off at the appropriate school. Depending on the school and the volunteer, this could include fitting glasses. 

Volunteer Spanish/English Translator (M-F 9am – 4:30pm, Clinic Locations)

Translate conversations between patient and doctor. half Helen will provide a list of translated vision care terms. HIPAA compliance training required and provided by half Helen. 

Glasses Dispensing Prep (M-F 9am – 4pm, half Helen Main Office)

Log glasses received at the half Helen office, prepare student dispensing lists and wearing instructions, text adult patients to let them know their glasses are ready, help dispense and fit glasses for adult patients picking up at the half Helen office. (Bilingual-Spanish helpful.)

Consent (August – March, M-Sa 9am – 4pm, half Helen Main Office or Virtual, Good for Small Groups)

Using the list provided by half Helen, call parents to gain consent for half Helen to provide their child with a comprehensive eye exam when optical Prime is at their school. Volunteers will walk parents through how to complete a paper form provided by their school or half Helen’s online consent form. Volunteers will also educate parents about the importance of regular eye exams, wearing glasses when prescribed, and address parent questions and concerns. (Bilingual-Spanish helpful.)

Assistant Vision and Hearing Screeners (September – December, M-F 8am – 2pm, Various Locations)

Volunteers assist certified screeners to complete vision and hearing screening. 

Glasses Day for Children (October – April, M-F, 8-2 by appointment, Good for Small Groups)

Help dispense glasses to children at their school during the school day. Volunteers check-in children, learn to use the frame warmer to fit glasses for comfort, and provide instructions for wearing and caring for their new glasses

Volunteer Opportunities 2021

For more information about volunteer position, please contact Meghan at meghan@halfhelen.org or call 737-615-4233 and choose option 5.

Data Manager – Helping Children See Clearly (In-person or Virtual)

One in every four children fail their vision screening and are referred for a comprehensive eye exam. This is the only way to accurately diagnosis vision impairment and the prescription a child needs to treat their blurry vision and eliminate permanent vision loss. In addition to comprehensive eye exams, half Helen will also provide every child who receives a prescription with glasses.

half Helen requires parental consent before performing a comprehensive eye exam. In partnership with schools, we collect consent through a combination of paper and electronic forms. As a volunteer data manager, you will use a series of spreadsheets to determine which students were referred for and have parental consent to receive a comprehensive eye exam.

  • 1-5 hours per week, flexible on when you volunteer

Glasses Pick-up for Adult – Fitting and Notification

Help adults see clearly by dispensing free prescription glasses. Learn to use the frame warmer and help fit prescription glasses for adult patients at the half Helen office on Glasses Pick-up Day. Between patients, log which glasses are ready for pick-up and text and call patients to let them know their glasses are ready. We have an app you can download to your mobile phone so it looks like you are calling and texting from our phone number. Bilingual-Spanish helpful.

  • 1-5 hours per week, 1-5 hours per week, Monday – Friday 8am-3pm

Administrative Work (In-person or Virtual)

Log glasses received at the half Helen office, prepare student check-in lists and wearing instructions, make appointment reminder calls/texts, help schedule or reschedule adult eye exam appointments, etc. (Bilingual-Spanish helpful.)

Glasses Day for Children (M-F, 8-2 by appointment)

Help dispense glasses to children at their school during the school day. Volunteers check-in children, learn to use the frame warmer to fit glasses for comfort, and provide instructions for wearing and caring for their new glasses.