Street Collection FAQs

When is the next Blind Week street collection?

Friday 18 and Saturday 19 of October 2019.

When does registration for this year’s Blind Week open?

The online registration will open in early September 2019.

If you would like to be the first to know when registrations are open, please fill out this form: Register for Blind Week 2019

What does a collector do?

As a volunteer collector, you’ll help us collect donations to support Kiwis who are blind or have low vision – thank you! You’ll be provided with a vest and a bucket, and assigned a time and location by your local coordinator. All you need to do is donate a couple of hours of your time, smile, be friendly and have fun!

How long do I collect for?

Most people sign up to collect for two-hour shifts. If you would like to do less or more, please let us know when you register.

Can I choose my exact collection time and location?

Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee that your preferred time and location will be available, but your volunteer coordinator will try their best to make it work. Please write your preferred location in the notes of the form. Our coordinators are volunteers like yourself and they will try to suit everyone’s preferences.

When will I know my time and location?

Your coordinator will contact you at least one week before the collection to give you your exact time and location.

Do I have to wear the bib and carry the bucket?

Yes, every volunteer street collector has to wear their bib and carry their bucket so people know where their donation is going, and know that you’re an official collector.

Can I bring my dog?

Unfortunately, pet dogs are not allowed for the Blind Week street collection.

What does coordinating a street collection involve?

Coordinating is a big volunteer job, perfect for someone who is highly organised, friendly, and approachable. Coordinators are responsible for contacting all assigned collectors, rostering them into the various provided sites, banking all the donations, and making sure everything runs smoothly in their area. There are over 150 volunteer coordinators looking after their local area around the country.

Can I become a coordinator?

We could not run this collection without the incredible support of our volunteer coordinators – in fact, some have been organising Blind Week collections for many years. If you think you would be good for the job, we’d love to hear from you. Please contact the Blind Week team at blindweek@blindfoundation.org.nz or 0800 120 254.

What is a support coordinator?

Some coordinators may need someone to help them out with their coordinating tasks. This could involve contacting collectors, rostering, or helping out on the day. Your involvement would be dependent on the coordinator in the area and what they need. If you are interested, please contact the Blind Week team at blindweek@blindfoundation.org.nz or 0800 120 254.