Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Gift that Keeps On Giving - Donations to the Center for Hearing & Speech

Rita Tintera, second from left, joins Chenchen Wang, Bejoy
Matthew and Sujit Raya Pattanayak after their TCCP
presentation to the Center.  
In 1991, executives from what was then known as Enterprise Rent-A-Car gave CEO and founder Jack Taylor a gift when he retired.

It wasn't a gold watch, a trip to some exotic port-of-call or a plaque that would gather dust on a shelf.

They endowed the Taylor Community Consulting Project (TCCP) at Washington University’s Olin Business School. TCCP pairs MBA students with non-profits needing help with projects.

It honored Taylor’s mantra of ‘giving back’ to the St. Louis community. Life, he said, was not all about making money.  

Twenty-three years later, it remains a gift that has benefited the Center for Hearing & Speech and many other St. Louis area non-profit agencies and the individuals they serve.

“Since 1991, TCCP has engaged nearly 1,500 students in impacting over 250 regional nonprofits including education, community and public health,” said TCCP’s Sandy Hall, student services and program manager.  

“The Enterprise Holding’s motto of ‘we’re here to pick you up’ doesn't just refer to car service. It’s about helping people move forward in their lives.”

TCCP pairs students with non-profit organizations looking for help with projects it may not have the time or manpower to tackle. “They could be financial, strategic or marketing challenges,” said Hall.

Student teams are formed to take on the task of helping the non-profit during a six-week ‘crash course’ to identify the issue and present practical solutions for it that can easily be rolled out by the agencies.  

This semester, MBA students worked on a marketing analysis for the Center’s audiology services the Center offers at the Grace Hill Murphy O’Fallon Health Center on Biddle Street in north St. Louis City. The services are available for children and adults on Tuesdays and every other Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Sliding fees apply for uninsured patients. Gateway to Better Health, Medicaid, Medicare and some commercial plans are accepted. 

Appointments can be made by calling 314-968-4710.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that in 2013 donated $1.75 million in speech/language, school screening and audiology services to residents of metropolitan St. Louis and surrounding communities.

It is a proud member of the United Way of Greater St. Louis and was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH Award.

The award is given to charities and businesses that “demonstrate a commitment to customer service through exceptional standards for ethical business practices,” according to the BBB.

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