Volunteer Highlight: Clouderans Volunteer with Be My Eyes

To have fun International Accessibility Consciousness Day, Cloudera’s Succesful ERG volunteered with Be My Eyes, a free app that connects Blind and low-vision folks with 1:1 assist at a second’s discover to assist full day by day duties. Over a 24-hour interval, 20 Cloudera volunteers lent their sight to app customers for duties massive and small, with one aim in thoughts – to help blind and low-vision folks lead extra impartial lives. Clouderans answered 372 calls – wow! 

“The calls ranged from extra critical in nature – like figuring out completely different medicines – to enjoyable, resembling figuring out a sweet bar to eat for a chocolate get together,” shared Autymn Harris, DE&I Program Success Specialist and Be My Eyes volunteer.

Different calls included serving to folks cross the road, selecting out garments that match, figuring out produce on the grocery retailer – you identify it! 

At first, connecting 1:1 with app customers and the thought of serving to to finish an unknown activity was intimidating. Nevertheless, as soon as volunteers began receiving calls, assembly the customers and serving to to finish duties efficiently, nerves melted away and a way of shared accomplishment took their place. 

“Navigating the web platform to assist somebody cross an intersection was exhilarating! Each of us had been thrilled we achieved it! Very satisfying expertise,”  Manjunatha Rao, SVP, Engineering Operations primarily based in Santa Clara, CA shared. 

Not solely did volunteers really feel a way of accomplishment for duties accomplished, however they had been energized from seeing the direct influence of their effort and time. 

“Plenty of volunteering alternatives might be common, however this chance allowed us to be in direct contact with those that wanted our assist. This occasion supported a bunch locally who could also be missed, so having the ability to assist was a novel alternative.” – Ashley Lim, Sr Expertise Acquisition Advisor, Singapore.

“Every name solely lasted about 1-2 minutes, however in that brief time, I used to be capable of assist people full duties that I’ll usually take with no consideration. For instance, matching socks, figuring out expiration dates, or redeeming a present card on-line…It’s nice to attach with folks to offer them with assist all through the course of their day.” Shara Rutiaga, Senior Advantages Supervisor in Austin, TX.

This opinion was shared throughout all the volunteers so it was not stunning that every one shortly responded “sure!” when requested if this was one thing they wished to do once more. 

“I all the time stay up for volunteering alternatives, and this one was very attention-grabbing. I loved helping folks, and can stay up for doing so once more.” – 

Rhythm Shah, Sr. Deal Desk Analyst primarily based in Santa Clara, CA. 

“I’m so all in favour of doing this once more! It was good to have the ability to join with so many various folks to assist with plenty of various duties. With different occasions, you’re normally targeted on one individual or a small group, and chances are you’ll not have the ability to see your influence in actual time. It was good to know I used to be capable of help so many individuals in such a short while and that it made an instantaneous distinction.” – Autymn Harris 

Be My Eyes’ mission is to make the world extra accessible for 285 million people who find themselves blind or have low imaginative and prescient. Cloudera was thrilled to be part of this extraordinary effort. To study extra about Be My Eyes go to. https://www.bemyeyes.com/.

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