Make a difference in the life of the visually impaired.

The Detroit Institute of Ophthalmology and its volunteers, the Friends of Vision, offer many opportunities to get involved. All necessary training is included, and you can choose the activities that best fit your interests and schedule. Opportunities are available in the following areas:

Support groups


The DIO and Friends of Vision sponsor support groups for visually impaired or blind seniors and adults. Volunteers help in the following ways:

  • Telephone callers to confirm attendance at meetings and to check on homebound members
  • Drivers to take members to and from meetings
  • Assist at meetings with refreshments
  • Escort members on field trips
  • Help with special holiday parties

Martha F. Gorey Resource Center

The Martha F. Gorey Resource Center has one of the largest collections of low-vision aids in Southeast Michigan. Volunteers assist the visually impaired and their families in selecting these aids and in managing the store itself. Previous retail experience is a plus.

DIO office support

The DIO uses clerical volunteers on an as-needed basis for data entry and collating literature for special events and mailings. During busy fundraising months, volunteers also are used to answer phones and take reservations.

EyesOn Design

During the DIO’s EyesOn Design summer car show, there are many opportunities for volunteers. This includes distributing window posters and flyers throughout the metro Detroit area. During the event itself, volunteers can assist in many ways, including:

  • Registration: For the Eve of Eyes, Vision Honored and Private Eyes brunch events
  • Staffing tents: Including the DIO tent, art/theme tent and memorabilia tent, as well as helping with poster sales
  • Driving: Shuttles and vans
  • Logistics: Parking lot, gate, site layout, setup and tear-down, event marshals
  • Raffle: Helping out at the Friends of Vision Raffle

Research congresses

The DIO sponsors two international research congresses, each of which assembles more than 30 of the world’s leading scientists in Detroit for three days. Volunteers are needed for clerical help, including phone calls, folding and mailings prior to each event. Others assist with registration and serve as guides and monitors during the actual events.

Special events

The DIO and Friends of Vision also welcome volunteers to help at other fundraising special events throughout the year.