2 years ago, when I had been laid off from work, I was thinking about volunteering somewhere when I saw a Bookshare blurb on Craigslist under the volunteer section. The blurb talked about editing books, something that fitted my personality (it's difficult for me to read anything without scanning it for errors). I don't know anyone who's blind but I've learned a lot about blindness from reading all the emails from this group. One of my first questions as a newbie was: why don't blind people listen to books on tape? Wow, did I get bombarded with replies that basically said, "I don't want to listen to someone else's interpretation of the book, I want to read it MYSELF!" Okay! Okay! I get the point! Whew! The other aspect of volunteering at Bookshare that I like is the enormous dedication of the staff, members, and volunteers, and also the appreciation that the staff and members show for all the volunteers' efforts. Jesse, Andrea, Marissa, Gustavo - not one of them has EVER EVER taken my volunteering for granted, or complained that I didn't get enough done, or left the office early, or whatever. It may seem like 'well, of course, that's obvious', but there are non-profits who have ... less appreciation, shall we say? ... than Bookshare. Plus the office is a bit over a mile from where I live, so I usually walk there once or twice a week (when it's not raining, like it has been for the past 4-5 days). Good exercise for me. My 2 cents, Carrie Allison <alwaysallie@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: I'm just wondering, for the sighted volunteers, how did you guys get mixed up in this crazy Bookshare crowd? What lead you to wanna become part? Do you know someone blind, did you hear about it through some volunteer organization, did you just type in "whiny bookish blind people into Google one day?" Seriously though, I am curious. I'm wondering how this info enters the sighted book-reading sphere and what compels someone to put in the work. Also, how has it worked for you as an education tool about blindness? How would one convince other sighted folks that they should volunteer too?Most of my sighted friends and family would be like, "Bookshare what?" "You want me to do what?" Curiously, Allison --------------------------------- Do you Yahoo!? The all-new My Yahoo! ? What will yours do?