Help us help others
Many opportunities await individuals who enjoy assisting others. Contact VIC to join a group of enthusiastic volunteers with a mission to support people who are blind or visually impaired.
Your tax-deductible donation makes these vital programs and services available. Any amount is appreciated.
Please make your check payable to VIC and mail to:
Vision for Independence Center
P.O. Box 2833
Yakima, Washington 98907
Or you can donate online through PayPal:
A key to the success of any non-profit organization is the strength of its volunteers. VIC is fortunate to have loyal volunteers, however, we do find ourselves in need of additional personnel as we work to expand our services. We work with RSVP, the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program. Designed for people 55 or older, RSVP volunteers serve nonprofit private and public community organizations.
At present, VIC is in need of Greeters to volunteer on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm, for either the morning or afternoon shift. This person greets the patient and interviews them, reviewing their health and vision history with them. Interested individuals should contact the VIC Clinic Director, Lisa Raap, at 452-8301.
VIC board members alone would not be able to operate the low vision clinic and its store. Therefore, the board is very thankful to all the wonderful, hard working and committed volunteers who lend us their talents and time. These volunteers perform such important tasks as doing the intake interviews with patients and scheduling appointments, checking our message phone line, greeting patients at the low vision clinic, staffing the store, ordering items for patients and the store, medical billing, marketing and fundraising.
Meet some of our volunteers:
Joining VIC in 2014, Dr. Jennifer Crown is a 2006 graduate of Illinois College of Optometry. She did a residency at Jonathan M. Wainwright VA Medical Center, staying on as teaching staff until relocating to Ellensburg to be closer to her home state of Oregon. Jennifer married in 2015, moving to Sammamish, and continues to travel to VIC to volunteer. She loves to hang out with her husband John and thrives on dog walks, reading, and gardening.
We are still in need of more volunteers. So if you are interested in helping us, please contact us.
Our Generous Supporters
- Abbott’s Printing, Inc.
- Avail Home Health, Inc.
- Banner Bank
- Cascade Eye Center
- Central Washington Insurance Agency, Inc.
- Pat & Polly Conley
- Elliott Insurance Service, Inc.
- Family Vision Care
- Keith Gomes
- Dale & Nancy Graf
- Graf Investments, Inc.
- Granger Lions Club
- Peter Hastings, Fiduciary-Centered Advice
- Health Alliance
- Bruce Heiser, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
- Jimmy Johns
- Les Schwab, Ellensburg
- RW Linneweh, Jr.
- Matson Fruit Co.
- Michelsen Packaging Co.
- Mike & Brenda Mills
- Naches Lions Club
- Naches Sunshine Lions Club
- Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute
- Rick & Lisa Plath, in honor of Favian Romero
- Susie Temple
- Terrace Heights Lions Club
- The Eye Center
- Tieton Lions Club
- Toppenish Lions Club
- Tree Top
- US Bank
- VIC Board Members
- Vision Craft Inc.
- Washington Fruit & Produce Co.
- West Valley Lions Club
- Yakima Downtown Lions Club
- Yakima Society of Optometric Physicians
- Yakima Valley Community Foundation
- Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital
- Yakindo Web Designs, Inc.
- Zillah Lions
- Dedicated community members
Our original website was developed due to a generous grant from the Northwest Lions Foundation.