Current Volunteer Opportunities

Studio Reader (Pool Position) – On-Site

Description: We are in need of volunteer readers with younger-sounding voices to match the content being requested. Share your vocal talent with those who are blind, visually impaired or print disabled! Seeking dedicated volunteers to record a variety of texts (instruction manuals, magazines, fiction or non-fiction books, etc.) at our professional recording studio. Qualified individuals will possess superior oratory skills, advanced reading comprehension abilities and the determination it takes to complete projects in a timely manner.

This is a pool position, meaning volunteering is on a project by project basis. Narrators will be given assignments according to how well their voice is suited to a particular project.

Requirements:
• Adult (18 + Years)
• Strong reading comprehension and language skills are necessary
• Must be able to sit and read aloud for 80 minutes at a time in our downtown Milwaukee studios
• Must possess a positive attitude and the patience it takes to record an audiobook

Time Commitment: 2 to 4 hours/week (this includes preparation time)
Training: Training will be provided at our studios at the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.
Location: At our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.

To apply please send us an email containing the following items to

1. Your Name
2. Your 9am-5pm weekday availability (we are open 9-5, M-F)
3. A short statement about why you are interested in volunteering.
4. An attached recording of yourself reading the following passages. (Note: a cell phone voice memo is fine, if you don’t have other means of recording. No large WAVE or AIFF files. MP3 or similar, please).

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Certified Braille Transcriber

Description: Enjoy the challenge of transcribing materials into Braille for children and adults who are blind. With your help, children and adults who are blind can lead more productive and independent lives. Transcribe a variety of print materials in Braille such as textbooks, computer manuals, library books and other educational material. Transcribe in Braille short-term requests such as newsletters, children’s books, menus, and playbills. It’s a perfect opportunity for retirees or persons with time to volunteer at home.

Requirements:
• Adult (18 + Years)
• Library of Congress certification in Unified English Braille (UEB)
• A high school diploma or equivalent
• A resident of the United States of America
• Must have basic computer skills, including file management
• A working knowledge of the English language
• Attention to detail and a “perfectionist” attitude
• Strong problem solver
• Self-motivated, independent worker

Time Commitment: This is a long-term commitment, a minimum of 8 hours per week for at least 12 months.

Location: At home, or at our office in the Central Library Building in downtown Milwaukee.