What are folks saying about Valley Eye Radio?
We have an inspiring group of about 50 volunteers who make Valley Eye Radio possible–from the live readers to those recording material for later broadcast to technical wizards. Generosity and kindness permeates the atmosphere every day. There is a humanity that is palpable and makes one want to get out of bed in the morning so as a team we can help others,” – Barbara Loh, Executive Director
My 95 year old father listens all the time. He carries the radio with him everywhere and listens to the obituaries every day. He can’t read or drive anymore due to macular degeneration, but he loves listening,” said Tony from Feeding Hills (who recently donated a car to Valley Eye Radio.)
Over my 80+ long lifetime, I have experienced some relatively minor vision problems…but enough to feel a special empathy with our listeners. And I have this feeling that I am reading with friends that I have yet to meet in person when I am at the mic,” shares Kay, nine-year live reader volunteer, Westfield resident, and accomplished artist and author.
Wednesday morning partners Anne and Dot: “If I couldn’t read, what would I be interested in hearing?” Anne ponders. “We are able to tell them what is going on in their community, how their money is being spent, and what is expected of them as citizens.” Dot adds, “It helps them to keep in touch with what is going on around them. I like to help people feel they are still a necessary person in this world,” Anne explains.
I have a niece who is legally blind and know what a frustrating position it is to not be able to enjoy the pure pleasure of the written word,” a Chicopee volunteer explained.
Reading is my hobby, my habit, and my passion. Reading for Valley Eye Radio allows me to share what I love with others who need a little help to enjoy it with me,” said a longtime volunteer and former Springfield high school English teacher and administrator.