Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Inc.

Through education, training, research and vision enhancement, Miami Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides hope, confidence, and independence to people of all ages.

It's Possible to See Without Sight™

601 Southwest Eighth Avenue, FL 33130 · Ph: 305.856.2288 · Fx: 305-285.6967 · 

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Volunteer Opportunities
Get Involved

Make a difference in the life of someone who is blind or visually impaired. Volunteer opportunities are available for English, Spanish and Creole speakers.

You can help with…

• Children’s Programs
• Publications, Publicity, & Events
• Fundraising
• Health Fairs & Speakers Bureau
• Arts & Crafts
• Administrative Support
• Housekeeping & Gardening
• Solutions (Low Vision Store)
• Lunch Time Monitoring
• Field Trips
• Vision Screenings

To volunteer click here and send the completed volunteer form to Jose Riopedre at

Corporate Volunteerism

We can help your business (large or small) build a lasting partnership with the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind or plan a one-day project. Our staff will help you design a volunteer program/project to fit the needs of your company as well as the needs of our organization.

The Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is committed to increasing corporate volunteer participation and opportunities among Miami-Dade County businesses. Companies of any size can realize the benefits of corporate volunteerism:

• Enhanced their public image
• Boost employee morale and job-satisfaction
• Built better work teams
• Networking opportunities

For more information, please contact Jose Riopedre.


Your donation of cash, stocks, securities, or property can help with scholarships for blind babies and children, equipment, events, and general operations. We depend on the generosity of donors to provide critical services to the blind and visually impaired.

Refer a Client

Do you know someone who has been diagnosed with macular degeneration, has diabetes, or a child who has a vision loss?



Miami Lighthouse for the Blind is committed to providing a fully accessible website experience.
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Miami Lighthouse is AER accredited distinguishing that an agency or school operates at the highest level of quality and is positioned to generate the outcomes needed by the clients.


Miami Lighthouse received the coveted Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce 2023 Nonprofit Business Innovative Excellence NOVO Award with an organizational budget of $2 million and above.


Miami Lighthouse ranks among the elite 1% of U.S. nonprofits having earned 13 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator, the nation's premier independent nonprofit evaluator. Receiving such a distinction reflects our sound fiscal management, responsible use of donor dollars, and financial strength.


Early Intervention Blind Babies Program Named the Children's Trust 2016 Program of the Year. This most prestigious award recognizes this Early Intervention Program, in particular, for including parents as teachers.


Miami Lighthouse Learning Center for Children™ is a Florida gold seal and nationally Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment (APPLE)


Miami Lighthouse was recognized at the 2015 Florida Blue Foundation Sapphire Awards luncheon as an organization that has demonstrated excellence and innovation in community health.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2015 Beacon Award in Education at the 13th Annual Beacon Council Awards.


Miami Lighthouse is a two-time Charity Partner (2013 and 2014) of the Marlins Foundation and a 2017 Major League Baseball All-Star Game Legacy Partner. Our Florida Heiken Children's Vision Program has received over $300,000 in charitable donations through these partnerships.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2008 Concern Award from Health Foundation of South Florida.


Miami Lighthouse received a Silver medal at the 2016 Miami Today Gold Medal Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse named "Best of Miami" Charity 2017 by the New Times.


Miami Lighthouse received United Homecare’s 2012 Thelma Gibson Community Service Award at the 18th Annual Claude Pepper Memorial Awards Ceremony.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious South Florida Business Journal 2011 Excellence in Health Care Award in the Community Outreach category.


Miami Lighthouse honored by being named the recipient of the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce 2010 Non-Profit Business Diamond Award1.


Miami Lighthouse received the prestigious 2020 award for "Best in Nonprofit" campaign by PRWeek referred to as the "Oscars of the PR industry".