Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Big Thanks to Julie Conrey, 'Loud & Clear' Blog Volunteer!

Center for Hearing & Speech thanks marketing and communications volunteer, Julie Conrey, for the donation of her time in the Center’s Development Department last year. Conrey has moved on to her new role as Director of Development at Holy Cross Academy.

Conrey had interviewed clients and staff and wrote articles for the Center’s Loud & Clear blog, volunteering more than 155 hours of her time at the Center and from home for the last four months.

"Julie was an excellent addition to our volunteer team and Development Department,” said Martha Coleman, the Center’s communications and volunteer manager. “With her dedication and expertise, we were able to get our Center blog back up and running and publish new articles on a weekly basis. Julie was instrumental in helping us re-brand and re-launch Loud & Clear. She shared ideas to help us utilize the blog to meet our goals of educating our readers and increasing overall Center awareness."
Conrey felt that her role at the Center was to help spread the word about communications disorders and how, if not addressed, they could have a negative impact on one's quality of life. 

“It's an unfortunate fact that many children and adults in St. Louis, for many different reasons, don't have access to treatments for communications disorders,” she explained. “The Center fills a big hole in providing health care for those who need it. It was truly a privilege to be a very small part of that process.

Conrey said the part she most enjoyed about working at the Center was meeting all the other volunteers and the staff and getting to know their different roles.  She liked talking with them and hearing all of their individual stories.

Since three of her four children experienced speech therapy when they were young, Conrey felt a special connection to the Center’s cause. Her youngest son, Patrick, had multiple ear infections from the time he was six months to 18 months old. 

“The only people who ever understood a word he said were my oldest son, Miller, and me,” she said.  “Patrick was, and is, a very outgoing person. It broke my heart when people ignored him because they couldn't understand what he was saying. He spent many years in speech therapy correcting his speech deficits.”

In her new job, Conrey will manage fundraisers, coordinate open houses, and maintain the school's website and social media. In her spare time, Conrey likes gardening, reading and continues to write her own blog.

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

It is a proud member of the United Way and in October was awarded the Better Business Bureau’s (BBB) 2014 TORCH award.

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

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