- Provision of welfare support such as advocacy services and appropriate assistance to the visually impaired.
- Provision of services to enhance the quality of life of the visually impaired
Voluntarism has been an important part of MAB right from the beginning when persons of good standing and repute from the general public were first invited to become members of the newly founded Malaysian Association for the Blind by Major Bridges in 1951. They then had to elect from amongst themselves members to the MAB Council. The elected members serve on the Council on a voluntary basis and the Council is responsible for the administration and management of the organisation.
While it was necessary to recruit paid manpower to run the association from the outset, volunteers were also needed to help in many aspects of the work carried out by the organisation. For example, in the early days of the GTC and the Kinta Valley Workshop, there were volunteers teaching the blind how to cook, play musical instruments, sing in a choir or taking them out on educational excursions.
In 1994 the Welfare Committee was set up under the chairmanship of Mr. Liew Yoon Loy. This was followed by the establishment of the Welfare Unit in 1998. In 2004 the Outreach Care Programme was introduced whereby volunteers would be recruited to help in home and hospital visits, in counselling of the blind, assisting the blind with banking and shopping, and in the activities of the newly set up clubs such as the Tandem-Cycling Club in 1998, the Elderly Blind Club in 2001, and the Kelab Rekreasi MAB (KRM).