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Rochester, NY

Rochester's Community Wishbook


Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service

1199 Harlem Road
Buffalo , NY 14227
Phone: 716-821-5555
Contact: Michael Benzin, Marian Hetherly

The Niagara Frontier Radio Reading Service is the only service in Western and Central New York State that enables people who are blind or have a print or visual disability to have access to audio broadcasts of local, state and national publications, news, books, and other printed information. This is tremendously important for a person’s ability to properly engage and contribute to our society. Our listeners describe their experience like sitting next to a friend who is reading to them. For many, it is the high point of their day.

Although located in Buffalo, this agency serves the Rochester, NY area.

Wish List:
  • money and grant donations: We keep our expenses to a minimum but we are very dependent on donations and grants to maintain the studio, provide and sustain equipment, recruit and manage volunteers, afford reading materials, and deliver outreach information and literature for our listeners. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution so this can continue!

Volunteers Needed:
  • Readers:  If you like to read, can spend one or two hours a week doing so, and love to help others, this might be for you. If you have access to the Internet and an ability to record (computer, laptop, smart phone, etc.), you are ready to go. We provide your training and are always available for whatever support may be needed. We will send a volunteer information sheet and will be back in touch once it is completed and returned.
  • Teen Volunteer Opportunities: We will happily accept volunteer applications from anyone that is interested in this wonderful service.

Reviewed by agency 5/4/24.  (Contact information updated.)