The Sight of Kindness: Volunteering with Be My Eyes

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By Jordan Martinez

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live without sight? How would you navigate the world around you, read signs or menus, or identify objects in front of you? For millions of visually impaired people around the world, these challenges are an everyday reality. But what if there was a way to help them, using the power of technology and the kindness of strangers? That’s the idea behind “Be My Eyes,” a mobile app that connects visually impaired users with sighted volunteers who can assist them in real-time through video calls.

So, how does Be My Eyes work? First, you need to download and install the app on your smartphone or tablet, which is available for free on both iOS and Android platforms. It is really easy and takes only a few seconds. Once your account has been created, you can choose to either be a sighted volunteer or a visually impaired user. As a volunteer, you’ll get a call notification on your home screen when a user needs assistance. The cool thing about Be My Eyes, is that you don’t have to answer the call every time. A number of volunteers are contacted at the same time, and whoever answers the call first will be the one to help. So you never have to worry about being unavailable. There are over 4 million volunteers so no worries, someone will be able to help!

It’s essentially a FaceTime or Zoom call, where, using your phone’s camera, you’ll be able to see what the user sees and provide verbal assistance, such as reading labels, describing colors, or guiding them through a new environment.

The beauty of Be My Eyes is how simple and easy it is to use. It doesn’t require any special skills or training, just a willingness to help others. Which is something we really need more of in the world. Not to mention, how this simple act can have such a great  impact on visually impaired users. Imagine being able to order food at a restaurant, shop for groceries, or find your way in an unfamiliar city, with the help of a kind stranger on the other end of a video call. For many visually impaired people, this app can be a lifeline to independence and empowerment.

But Be My Eyes isn’t just about helping visually impaired users. As a volunteer, you’ll have the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Of course, volunteering isn’t just about feeling good, but also it’s about recognizing the need to help others and to be part of something bigger than ourselves. By volunteering with Be My Eyes, you can contribute to a global community of people who are committed to making the world a better place. And that’s kind of amazing when you think about it.

Be My Eyes is a mobile app that embodies the best of us as humans: kindness, empathy, and a willingness to help those who need it. Through the power of technology and the generosity of volunteers, we are helping to create a world where visually impaired people can live with greater independence. And by volunteering with Be My Eyes, we can all play a small but meaningful role in making that world a reality. So let’s be each other’s eyes and make a difference.

Discover the Power of Connection: Lend Your Eyes to Those in Need

Join us today in making a real difference in the lives of visually impaired people around the world. Be My Eyes is a free, innovative app that connects blind and low-vision individuals with sighted volunteers, like you, to help them overcome daily challenges and live more independently.

Take a moment to imagine the impact you can make with just a few minutes of your time. Don’t wait any longer; download the Be My Eyes app now at and become a part of our ever-growing community of sighted volunteers. Together, we can make the world a more accessible and inclusive place for all. Sign up today and start making a difference one call at a time!