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Your Impact

Guiding Eyes is more than just a guide dog organization.  Together with our dedicated staff, hardworking volunteers, and generous donors, we work towards a common purpose: to help individuals who are blind or with vision loss define their own future with our exceptional guide dogs at their side. Without the ongoing support of our generous donors and volunteers, we would not be able to accomplish our mission. We are forever grateful for your support. Thank you. 

Watch the story of our work in action

Our Mission

Guiding Eyes has nearly 70 years of experience in providing guide dogs to people with vision loss.  We estimate that more than 10,000 service dog teams have graduated since our founding in 1954.  Approximately 100 guide dogs are placed annually, and more than 1,700 volunteers support our mission. 


To learn more about Guiding Eyes’ impact, watch the video below.

The Graduates of Guiding Eyes

Guiding Eyes for the Blind helps give those with vision loss greater independence in their day-to-day lives, and simultaneously inspires others to help make these life changing connections possible. Each Guiding Eyes graduate has a unique story of life changing events, challenges,  determination, and triumph. Thanks to the support of our amazing donors and volunteers, we have been able to tell the happy ending to these stories for the past 60 plus years. 

At our 47th Annual Golf Classic in June of 2024, we were privileged to hear the compelling story of one of our graduates, Renard, and of his partnership with Guiding Eyes guide dog and black Lab, Krissy.  He shares his inspirational journey in the video below.


Graduate Renard Francois with Guide Dog Krissy

Past Graduate Speakers

Graduate Sam Hendrickson
with Guide Dog Stan

June 2022, 45th Annual Golf Classic Speaker


Home Training Graduate, March 2021

Read Sam’s Graduate Bio

Graduate Marin Baumer
with Guide Dog Kegan

June 2022, 45th Annual Golf Classic Speaker


On-Campus Training Graduate, May 2021

Read Marin’s Graduate Bio

Graduate Ashley Townsend
with Guide Dog Lolly

June 2023, 46th Annual Golf Classic Speaker


On-Campus Training Graduate, May 2022

Read Ashley’s Graduate Bio