YORKTOWN HEIGHTS, N.Y. – In honor of International Assistance Dog Week Aug. 2-8, Guiding Eyes for the Blind invites Westchester residents to get involved in the non-profit’s mission to transform lives through a number of special volunteer and philanthropic opportunities.
International Assistance Dog Week was created to recognize the devoted, hardworking service dogs that help individuals achieve their goals in life. Behind those dogs are thousands of people who make Guiding Eyes’ life-changing work possible.
“International Assistance Dog Week is a time to recognize the importance of service dogs and the freedom they provide,” said Linda Press, vice president of development at Guiding Eyes for the Blind. “It is also the perfect opportunity to celebrate the amazing achievements of our graduates who, with Guiding Eyes dogs by their side, are able to experience all of life’s adventures.”
Guiding Eyes’ network of volunteers spans 12 states throughout the Northeast. Volunteers are key to raising, training and socializing the non-profit’s future guide dogs as well as supporting its operations in Yorktown Heights and Patterson, New York. Puppy raisers welcome 8-week-old puppies into their homes with full support from Guiding Eyes, including training classes and free vet care, for a 14-16 month period before sending them off as guide dogs.
The organization also offers a number of unique donation opportunities, such as sponsoring a graduation ceremony or naming a future guide dog puppy. Partnerships with Amazon Smile, eBay and Goodsearch allow shoppers to contribute to Guiding Eyes through their purchases. Supporters are also invited to honor the special people or pets in their life with a memorial or tribute gift, or help further Guiding Eyes’ mission with their own in-kind gift of goods, services or expertise.
To learn more about Guiding Eyes’ volunteer opportunities or to make a donation online, visit Guiding Eyes . Donations can also be made by texting the word “GUIDE” to phone number 80888 to donate $10 to further Guiding Eyes’ programs and services.
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is located at 611 Granite Springs Road, Yorktown Heights.
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