Volunteering at AINC

Read for the blind and visually impaired.

AINC relies on our dedicated team of volunteers to read and record print materials for publication on broadcast, podcast, and other listening platforms. For those who are blind, losing vision, or can’t read for a different reason, audio programming is a vital component of staying informed, connected, and engaged.

Currently, we offer remote and in-person volunteer opportunities!

How it works:

Step 1: Submit an application.

Introduce yourself by filling out an online application.

Step 2: Audition

If you pass, AINC will contact you about an assignment

Step 3: Accept an assignment

An AINC staff member will be in contact with you to get you started.

Step 4: Start recording

Submit your episodes – usually on a weekly basis.


  • Good reading and speaking skills
  • Technical skills to navigate the internet, use recording software and equipment, and manage files on your computer.
  • Ability to function independently.
  • Fluency in English. Spanish fluency is a plus!
  • Be able to commit to at least 24 months of volunteering.
  • Meet deadlines.
  • Follow AINC protocols and instructions.

Materials you need (If recording from home)

  • Decent <5 year old computer with latest software updates, adequate RAM and memory. (We recommend at least 8GB of RAM)
  • USB or studio microphone.
  • Decent internet with a minimal upload speed of 10mbps (Click here to test your internet)
  • A quiet space to record.

We do offer professional level podcast studios active AINC volunteers can rent out in Boulder, Colorado.  With this option, you are not required to bring any of the above materials.

Expectations of Volunteers

  • Abide by our audio requirements
  • Keep up-to-date contact information with AINC staff.
  • Submit your hours with every volunteer session.
  • Meet your deadlines (Mountain Time Zone)
  • Name your audio file as instructed.
  • Notify AINC staff of any absences in a timely manner.
  • Check volunteer announcements regularly on the volunteer portal.
  • Function independently.
  • Upload the appropriate file into the appropriate folder in your portal account.
  • Do not share your volunteer portal username or password, and never log into someone else’s account.
  • Never delete or change a folder in the portal.
  • Be open to feedback – we just want you to be the best you can be for our listeners. We will contact you if we find any chances for improvement in your work.
  • Experience in voice work a plus!

We want you to have a happy and successful volunteer experience. Your willingness to comply with our expectations ensures that your experience (and ours) will be a gratifying one! We will do our best to train you and work with you to be the best volunteer that you can be. However, chronic failure to meet the above expectations could result in a parting of ways.

Click here to listen to an example of audio quality we are looking for.


How often am I expected to read?

Most volunteers start with one weekly program. (Roughly 1-2 hours per week)

What can I expect in the audition?


The Director of Volunteer Services will have you read, record, and submit material they have prepared for you. You will be expected to follow their directions carefully in order to submit your audio audition over the internet. The volunteer coordinator will review the audition and get back to you when a program opening is available. As of March of 2020, all auditions have been virtual. Applicants can begin their audition any time after they submit their application.

How do you choose what program I will read?


Program assignments take into account a volunteer’s regular availability, and programming needs.

Where will my show be heard?


Our content can be heard on many platforms, including over-the-air broadcast, online podcasts and streams, on Amazon Echo’s, on a call-in service, and (in some cases), on other audio reading services around the country!

What if I have technical issues when I record remotely?


We provide training, and offer comprehensive instructions and guides online.

I submitted an application but haven’t heard back!


Upon submission of your application, you should have received a confirmation email with instructions on how to complete your virtual audition. Please check your spam inbox. If you still cannot find that email, please contact aflynn@aincolorado.org.

More questions? Call us!


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