Can you read this clearly? Imagine you couldn’t. For those with blindness, low vision, and other impairments, reading the news can be an impossible task. But you can help. Here are some ways you can make a big difference.


Volunteers read from our local newspapers from Monday through Friday at locations in Asheville and in Hendersonville. Typically, this requires one to two hours of time. Readers usually work in pairs. The frequency of reading commitments can be adapted to your availability.

Manage Operations

Those who volunteer as Daily Managers see to the operations of the studio. Training is provided.

Lead Readers

Those who volunteer as Lead Readers see to the recording operations of the studio. Training is provided.

Help in Other Ways

There are many other ways volunteers can help MARRS, such as providing clerical support and helping with one-time tasks; assisting with outreach presentations to community groups; serving on committees for special events, fundraising, and other functions, and serving on the MARRS Board of Directors.

Contact Us Today

If you would like more information, on how you can be of service to MARRS, please contact us at or call (828) 251-2166.

Volunteers Make a Difference

We recognize how wonderful the MARRS volunteers are. Without them this service would not be possible. Every year MARRS hosts a Volunteer Appreciation Event to share the joy of service to those that are blind or visually impaired.

Save the Date

April 18, 2018  Wednesday

Details to follow soon.

Haley: A young volunteer
“The reason I volunteer with MARRS is personal: having a physical disability oftentimes means, at least in my experience, that you don’t get to give back to others in as major a way as they do to you. MARRS changed that for me.” Hayley Michaels, Volunteer