Day Out for the Blind seeks new members | Community Spirit
Some people just know how to party.
Every Friday, Day Out for the Blind of Spokane hosts a get-together for 60 to 65 people. They try to ensure a 1-to-1 ratio of blind or visually impaired people to volunteers. There is dancing, food and sometimes bingo.
“(The blind members) love it, look forward to it,” Belia Madrigal said. “Sometimes it's their only time to get out of the house.”
The volunteers drive five buses around the Spokane-metropolitan area picking up the blind members to take them to the group's headquarters at 1502 East Holyoke Ave in North Spokane.
“We offer a lot of friendship,” Madrigal said. “A lot of dancing, but if that's not your thing, you can always sit and enjoy the music.”
The group has a full band pumping out polka songs from 10:30 to noon, when – on every-other Friday – lunch is served.
Volunteers told stories of members who have passed, like George Gosselin, who died shortly before the New Year at 103.
“He loved to dance, even at that age.”
“Our main thing is we will never ask for membership dues or fees whatsoever,” Madrigal said.
If you are interested in joining the group, call Madrigal at (509) 487-8972.
Despite the club's deep roots – it was founded in 1920 by Lyle Von Erichsen – it is still recruiting new members.
“We know there are more blind people in Spokane, we just want to reach them,” Tony Madrigal said.