Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc.

371 East Jericho Turnpike Smithtown, NY 11787

Contact:  Jaime McGrade, Community Fundraising/Events Manager, 631-930-9054

Since 1946, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, Inc. has provided guide dogs free of charge to blind people who seek enhanced mobility and independence.

Our students come to us from all over the United States and many foreign countries. Our trademark small classes and individualized instruction often attract students who may have special requirements. We have successfully trained hearing-impaired blind people as well as many physically challenged people.

We are supported entirely by donations from generous individuals, corporations and foundations. We receive no government funding.

In 2009, the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind became the first assistance dog school in the United States to be certified by the International Guide Dog Federation and Assistance Dogs International.

Our mission is to provide guide dogs, free of charge, to people who are blind or visually impaired.

Description of mitzvah project or community service volunteer opportunity:  To help us raise funds by hosting an event such as a car wash, bake sale or gala, etc. Dog toy/bones collection, from an approved list only, is welcomed.  Community outreach volunteers play a crucial role in spreading awareness of our need for puppy raisers by visiting local businesses and asking them to hang recruitment posters on our behalf.