You Can Change Lives by Saving Sight

We’re eager for you to get involved with our programs. Saving Sight volunteer programs are intended to expand services, promote public awareness among the communities we serve, and network with others through cultivated volunteers.  Volunteers are indispensable at many levels of our organization.  Volunteers bring additional scope, depth, knowledge, and personal experience to our work, often times in ways that staff can’t replicate.  Additionally, volunteers who work with organizations show that there is significant support for the organization’s mission locally, which boosts Saving Sight’s credibility in the community and with stakeholders.  

Volunteer Application

Beginning July 1, 2015, Saving Sight will begin collecting volunteer applications.  Volunteers must complete the application and agree to complete an online background check.  There is no cost associated to submit the application.  As our programs grow, volunteer applications and the associated background checks provide our programs the transparency and credibility to our external partners at day care and head start centers and within the public and private schools we serve.  Applications may be returned via US Mail to:

Saving Sight
c/o Volunteers
404 Portland St. 
Columbia, MO 65201

Or you may return your digital application to  Most applications require two weeks for review and an online background check.  Invitations will be sent direct to the volunteer and all results are confidential.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this application.  

Eyeglass Mission Clinics 

Saving Sight is collaborating with Lions leaders and Missouri optometrists to coordinate Lions Mission Clinics in 2015. 12 Missouri Lions will be supporting eye care professionals as technicians for two clinics in 2015.  6 volunteers will travel for each session; May 21-24 to Toluca City, Mexico and September 5-12 to Panama City, Panama.  Stay tuned for announcements about trips for 2016. 

Join the Donor Registry

You can join the millions of Americans who have declared their wish to donate by signing up for the donor registry online or at your local Department of Motor Vehicles office.

Organize a Donor Designation Drive

More than 120,000 Americans are awaiting a life-saving organ transplant, and Americans will receive approximately 48,000 cornea transplants this year to regain lost vision. You can help more people receive the gift of life and the gift of sight by organizing an eye, organ, and tissue donor registration drive in your community. Check out our how-to guide to learn more.

Share Your Story

Are you a recipient of one of our programs? We’re always looking to illustrate the sight-saving benefits of our programs by giving our recipients a chance to share their experience on our website and other promotional materials. If you would like to share your story, complete our online form or contact our communications department at 800-753-2265.

Volunteer Handbook

A volunteer handbook has been prepared to help volunteers understand the roles and requirements for each position.  Please feel free to print, share, and review the handbook.  It will provide answers to many of your questions and a list of contacts to address needs and inquiries.  In addition to the volunteer application, we ask that every volunteer complete the volunteer agreement from the handbook, ensuring that volunteers understand the expectations of the position and the policies that protect both volunteers and employees.  Thank you for your help.

Lions Partner Organization

Saving Sight is a Lions partner organization. The Lions have been crucial to our organization since its founding in 1960. If you or your club would like to be a part of the Lions’ long-standing tradition of sight-saving service, please visit our Calendar to learn about upcoming vision screenings in your community and sign up today. If your club would like to process recycled eyeglasses or organize an eye, organ, and tissue donor registration drive for your community, please send us a message through our Contact Form or call us at 800-753-2265. And to donate recycled eyeglasses your club has collected, please deliver or ship them to whichever of our six office locations is nearest to you.