Tuesday, December 9, 2014

'Adopt' the Center for Hearing & Speech this holiday season

As the holidays approach, the Center for Hearing & Speech is encouraging area companies to consider ‘adopting’ it.

“If your employer adopts a charity for giving this time of year, please remember the Center when nominations are being considered or accepted. Such a program can be of great benefit to us and our clients,” said Jeff Tarr, the Center’s director of development.

With the help of Center board member Mary Jennings last year, nearly $7,000 was donated by Sandberg Phoenix von Gontard’s Charitable Efforts Foundation to benefit the Center.

The $7,000 provided either:

                                  ·          Nearly 1,000 low-income children with hearing and vision tests through the School Screening Program to detect unseen disorders;

                                  ·          Seven children each received 12 speech/language therapy sessions by trained and licensed speech/language pathologists in the comfort of their own schools or at the Center to help correct speech deficits; or

                                  ·          Seven adults or five children each received complete hearing evaluations, one hearing aid and follow up visits to check that equipment was serving their needs and that they are able to communicate effectively with others.

Another Center board member, Lisa Luetkemeyer, arranged for the Center to receive $750 last holiday season. Attorneys at the firm where she works decided to donate to a charity in lieu of purchasing gifts for one another.

“The Center puts every dollar donated to good use by helping St. Louisans communicate better and live more fulfilled lives,” Tarr said.

If your employer is interested in establishing a charitable giving program during the holidays or throughout the year, please contact Jeff at 314-968-4710.

The Center for Hearing & Speech was founded in 1920. It is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that last year donated $1.75 million in speech/language therapy, audiology and school screening services to St. Louisans and those in surrounding communities.

It is a proud member of the United Way, and was recently awarded the Better Business Bureau’s TORCH Award. The awards are given annually to businesses and charities that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices.”

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