Friday, November 21, 2014

Resolve To Give Back; Join Center's Young Friends Group

Shaun Nordgaarden, left, and his family enjoy an ice skating
event with the Center's Young Friend's group. 
Procrastinators take note: you have less than 50 days to buy and wrap those Christmas presents, make cookies and figure out those New Year’s resolutions.

If you’re a young professional looking for some inspiration, Shaun Nordgaarden’s story may convince you giving something back to the community is just as healthy as joining a gym.
Nordgaarden, an MBA candidate at Washington University’s Olin School of Business, joined the Center’s board of directors in 2012 through the school’s Board Fellow Program.

His life has been personally touched by hearing loss. His son Chase was born with Waardenburg’s Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes early onset hearing loss. He’s completely deaf in one ear.
As part of an effort to increase community awareness of the Center, Nordaargen and four members of his MBA project team created the Young Friends Group in summer 2013. They’ve never looked back.  
He’s inviting young professionals throughout the metropolitan St. Louis region to join up in support of a good cause.

“I would encourage other young professionals to join an organization like the Center because of the joy that you can receive from giving back to your community,” he said.

His friends have accompanied him to group events and have had a great time. “The connections and friendships that you create help you grow your personal skills and network.”

Events in which the group participates vary from formal meetings to wine & canvas painting, volunteering for the Moonlight Ramble, pub nights and ice skating. 

The Center’s Young Friend’s Group is hosting a Christmas party Tuesday, December 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Center for Hearing & Speech, located at 9835 Manchester Road. There’s no charge to attend. Just RSVP to Martha Coleman, the Center’s communications and volunteer manager, at 314-968-4710 or  

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