Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Big Thanks to Martha Coleman, Communications & Volunteer Manager!

Center thanks Martha Coleman, communications and volunteer manager, for her dedication and effort the past five years in the Center’s Development Department. Coleman has recently moved on to a new job in the St. Louis area.

As a member of the Development Department, Coleman coordinated special events, including the recent successful “Swinging to the Beat” fundraiser; managed the volunteer and Young Friends programs; organized a variety of marketing communications activities and assisted Jeff Tarr, Center’s development director, with department projects. 

“Martha was a tremendous part of our Center family,” Tarr reflects. “She is one of the most organized people I have ever known! Not only is she extremely detail-oriented, she always was able to provide that extra recognition for volunteers and staff members. Sometimes it’s the little things that count, and Martha knew just how to make you feel special. Oh yeah … and she’s one of the biggest St. Louis Cardinals fans around!”
Coleman said one of her proudest accomplishments was building the Center’s volunteer program.  She enjoyed working at the Center knowing that her work had a direct impact of serving individuals in the community with communication disorders. She plans to continue to stay involved with Center’s Young Friends group.

 “The Center is a wonderful organization; there are plenty of ways for everyone to get involved, I recommend they do,” Coleman said. “It’s a very rewarding place to work. I loved working with the volunteers and loved that no two days were the same.”

She felt a special connection to the Center’s cause because one of her best friends is hearing impaired and her brother received speech therapy when he was younger.

Coleman started at Center shortly after graduating from Truman State University in Kirksville with a major in marketing. As the first of three Americorps* Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), she was assigned to several Center capacity-building projects, including establishing a formal volunteer program and helping to increase community awareness. After  volunteering as a Development Coordinator, she was hired as a Development Assistant. She was later promoted to Administrative Assistant/Project Coordinator, then to Communications and Volunteer Manager.

In her spare time, Coleman and her fiance are busy with florist and cake-tasting appointments in preparation for their fall wedding.

The Center for Hearing & Speech is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization that provides $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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