Helping Others

Blessed to Give: MindsEye

Blessed to Give

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MindsEye helps people who cannot read the printed word, including people who are blind and visually impaired, stay informed. The organization records readings from newspapers, magazines, grocery ads and more. Listeners can tune in to live broadcasts or listen at their convenience to recordings available on 26 different devices.

How to help

Volunteers read from local and national publications, distribute and repair closed-circuit radios for listeners and provide help in the MindsEye office.

The organization has also added a new service this year to make theaters accessible; A volunteer will describe the visual aspects of the stage, like costumes, sets and action, to audience members who are visually impaired during a play through headsets. The service is offered at select St. Louis-area theatres.

MindsEye also accepts monetary donations online.

Contact information

MindsEye is located at 9541 Church Circle Drive, Belleville, IL 62223. Send the group an email at or call 618-394-6444. Visit for more information.

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