Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Center Now Accepting Recurring Electronic Donations







The Center for Hearing & Speech introduced its new Monthly Giving Program (MGP) earlier this year, an electronic monthly donation program that is convenient and saves time for donors, as well as provides uninterrupted financial assistance to clients all year long.

The Center currently accepts financial contributions made by cash, check, electronic funds transfer or credit card.  To become a member of the new MGP, donors can contribute at least $10 a month automatically through their checking account, electronic bill pay or credit/debit card. Those donating between $500 and $999 within a calendar year automatically become members in the Center’s new Advocate Society.

“This is a fantastic, easy way to feel great knowing that you’re making a difference in someone’s life each and every month,” said Jeff Tarr, the Center’s development director. “And you’re helping the Center achieve its mission by serving more people in the St. Louis area who are struggling with hearing and speech disorders. What a great win-win scenario!”

In addition to the MGP, the Center’s website offers several other ways that private and corporate donors can support the Center’s hearing and speech -language programs and receive a tax deduction. Visit the Center’s website at http://www.hearing-speechstlouis.org/donate.php.

The Tribute Program enables the Center to honor family and friends during times of celebration or as expressions of sympathy.

 The Employer Matching Gifts Program enables employees and companies to work together to double the size of their donation to the Center.

Planned Giving includes gifts to the Center through a will, charitable gift annuities, gifts of life insurance, and charitable trusts.

The Schnucks eScrip & AmazonSmile programs enable these vendors to turn every dollar a donor spends into a donation to the Center.

For more information or answers to your questions, contact Jeff Tarr, Director of Development, at tarrj@chsstl.org or by phone at 314-737-5092.

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

St. Louis Blues 14 Fund Supports Center With $4,800 for Speech & Language Program

St. Louis Blues






The St. Louis Blues 14 Fund has awarded Center for Hearing & Speech $4,800 to support the Center’s speech and language program this year through its United Way community outreach program.

“The United Way is proud to partner with the St. Louis Blues in helping people live their best possible lives,” said Rosie Stafford Smith, Individual and Institutional Relationship Manager of the United Way of Greater St. Louis.

Thank you to the Blues 14 Fund for supporting the Center's speech and language therapy program.  This award will support children's therapy at our 12 partner locations in St. Louis City and St.Louis County,” said Gina Cato, the Center’s chief speech-language pathologist.

The St. Louis Blues 14 Fund, the charitable trust of the St. Louis Blues, has a mission to positively impact programs and services that improve health and wellness of youth in the St. Louis area. The trust was created in 1998 to honor former Blues player Doug Wickenheiser, No. 14, who passed away in 1999 after a long battle with cancer. Thanks to the commitment of Blues players, alumni, volunteers and fans, the Blues 14 Fund has contributed more than $3 million to the St. Louis community.

St. Louis Blues 14 Fund has donated more than $10,000 to the Center to support its speech and language programs since 2012.


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

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Wells Fargo Advisors Gives Program Donates $2,500 to Center’s School Screening Program













Wells Fargo Advisors Gives Program has awarded the Center $2,500 to support the Center’s School Screening Program. This year’s funding will provide hearing and vision screenings for local children living in low-income households.

“This gift will go far to help children in the St. Louis public schools who are in need of hearing or vision evaluations to detect unseen disabilities,” said Jeff Tarr, Center development director. “Having the support of companies like Wells Fargo Advisors is extremely important for Center outreach operations that help children who could ‘slip through the cracks’ with their problems if it wasn’t for this kind of assistance. We’re thrilled to have Wells Fargo Advisors support!”

Often described as "invisible disabilities" because they cause problems that are not easily detected, hearing and vision deficits can be devastating to a child's development and school success. These hearing and vision screenings identify problems that are among the most treatable health issues affecting young children. The Center’s School Screening Program offers hearing, tympanometry and vision screenings for children in area elementary schools, daycares and Head Start programs. Targeting children attending schools in some of the most impoverished neighborhoods of St. Louis, the Program provides helpful feedback and referral information to the children’s parents and guardians.

Hearing screenings are performed with portable audiometers and headsets. A child hears a series of beeps to which he/she responds by raising a hand. Tympanometry is performed to detect middle ear problems such as ear infections or fluid behind the eardrum.

Vision screenings are done with the latest Haag-Streit Stimuli Advanced Acuity System.

The Center provides follow up information, referral resources and a caring and competent staff to inform parents and guardians about their child’s health needs. The families of children who do not pass a screening receive referral information and details about the importance of follow-up care as well as a phone call from the Center’s staff to answer any questions. If hearing loss and/or vision problems are detected, parents have the opportunity to act early and receive treatment to address the problem and prevent a potentially long-term, negative impact upon the child’s development.

The School Screening Program has been very successful, steadily growing since its inception in 1969. The Center continues to seek new ways to cost-effectively partner with other organizations and increase the number of children screened. In 2014, the Center screened 14,156 children, 81 percent of which were free. To date, the Center has been able to provide free screenings to every child who qualifies because of funding support from organizations like Wells Fargo Advisors Gives Program.

If you are interested in having the School Screening Program come to your school, call the Center at 314-968-4710 for more information. Screenings cost $7 per child, and financial assistance is available for a limited number of schools each year. 


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

Center’s Speech Pathologist Speaks to Rockwood Students








Gina Cato, Center chief speech-language pathologist, recently spoke to Rockwood Summit High School’s child development class in Fenton to expand the students’ knowledge of the speech-language pathology (SLP) and audiology fields.  

Center SLPs have enlightened students in Rockwood School District’s popular Partners in Education (PIE) career day program for many years. Cato gives a presentation about speech-language pathology to a Rockwood high school child development class every semester.

 "The Center is pleased to participate in Rockwood's PIE program,” Cato said. “High school students who are interested in speech-language pathology and audiology can learn more about the field and decide if they are interested in the career.  They have shown an interest in working with children just by taking the child development class. Students can learn skills and information from the PIE program that they can apply to many different careers where they can work with children."


During her classroom visits, Cato explains what a SLP does, how an SLP is educated and gives an overview of early childhood language development.  Divided into small groups, the students design language activities they could conduct with a child in the high school’s on-site preschool classroom.

PIE impacts more than 10,000 classrooms each year by partnering with community resources to provide curriculum-enhancing presentations and career programs. PIE’s goals are to add an exciting dimension to learning in the classroom; to expand students' awareness of career paths; to allow community organizations to establish their image among students of all ages; to directly impact the educational process; and to provide rewarding experiences for community volunteers.


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.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust Awards Center $20,000 to Support Audiology Programs


Episcopal Presbyterian

 Health Trust


Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust (EPHT) has awarded $20,000 to support the Center’s audiology programs this year.

With the funds received from this grant, the Center will expand the current schedule of opening at the Grace Hill audiology clinic from one day a week to two days a week. This will allow clients living in north St. Louis City to have access to caring audiologists and state-of-the-art audiology services in a more convenient and timely manner.

Better hearing ability will enable clients to rejoin conversations with family and friends, communicate with healthcare providers, thrive in the workplace or school, reduce feelings of isolation and improve their overall health and well-being.

“We are grateful to the Episcopal Presbyterian Health Trust that will allow us to continue to diagnose and treat hearing loss in the city of St. Louis,” said Dr. Rebecca Frazier, Center’s chief audiologist.  “These funds make the gift of hearing affordable, thereby enriching our patients’ familial and professional lives.”

The Center’s current audiology program originally began with EPHT funding and a partnership with Affinia (formerly Grace Hill) Neighborhood Health Centers. The Center’s current strategic plan identifies North St. Louis City as our top priority community with unmet needs related to audiology and speech pathology. In recent years, the Center collaborated with Grace Hill to increase access to care for low-income clients. In 2010, Grace Hill agreed to provide diagnostic and speech therapy services in two child development centers located in O’Fallon and Soulard.

Affinia Neighborhood Health Centers are federally-qualified health centers that provide low-cost, primary and preventative health care to primarily low-income and uninsured residents living in the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County. Affinia health centers serve a growing caseload of low-income, mainly African-American individuals who frequently request audiology services, previously unavailable to them.

Thanks to the awarding of a generous grant by EPHT in 2013, the Center was asked to offer audiology services to under and uninsured senior citizens  at a Grace Hill facility in north St. Louis City. Another grant enabled the Center to offer these programs to all children and adults one day a week. With this most recent funding, the Center will expand its current opening schedule to two days a week. The Grace Hill/Center partnership site serves more than 12,000 children, adults, and seniors.

The partnership with Affinia is just one of many relationships that the Center has had for many years with a variety of St. Louis-based health-related organizations that assist senior citizens, adults and children.

The purpose of the EPHT is to provide health care and medical services to indigent people, primarily those who live in the City of St. Louis, Missouri, or immediately adjacent areas. The Trust makes responsive grants based on requests from area health care providers seeking critical dollars to expand services, model new approaches to health care delivery or to build collaborations. The Trust is stewarded by volunteer leadership from both the Episcopal and Presbyterian faiths and is administered by the Greater Saint Louis Community Foundation. For more about EPHT, visit www.epht.org or call 314-880-4961.

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

St. Louis Christmas Carols Association Donates $1,000 To Support Center’s School Screening Program












St. Louis Christmas Carols Association has awarded the Center $1,100 to support the Center’s School Screening Program. The funding will enable Center to purchase supplies used for conducting hearing exams for young children, such as an audiometer and ear tips for a tympanometer.

“This award enables us to purchase much-needed field equipment so that our technicians can get into these schools to help those children who may be at risk of having undetected communication disorders,” said Rita Tintera, Center executive director. “With these tools, we can identify if a child has a hearing problem.”

The St. Louis Christmas Carols Association (SLCCA) has been bringing the message of joy and goodwill to neighborhoods by caroling during the holiday season for more than 100 years, while financially supporting the work of Metro St. Louis area agencies serving children with the contributions SLCCA receives.

The Center’s School Screening Program offers hearing, tympanometry and vision screenings for children at area elementary schools, daycare facilities and Head Start programs. Hearing and vision loss are often described as “invisible handicaps,” causing problems that are not easily detected but can be devastating to children as they develop.

These hearing and vision screenings identify problems that are among the most treatable health issues affecting young children. Hearing screenings are performed with portable audiometers and headsets. A child hears a series of beeps to which he/she responds by raising a hand. Tympanometry is performed to detect middle ear problems such as ear infections or fluid behind the eardrum. Vision screenings are done with the latest Haag-Streit Stimuli Advanced Acuity System.

The Center provides follow up information, referral resources and a caring and competent staff to inform parents and guardians about their child’s health needs. The families of children who do not pass a screening receive referral information and details about the importance of follow-up care as well as a phone call from the Center’s staff to answer any questions. If hearing loss and/or vision problems are detected, parents have the opportunity to act early and receive treatment to address the problem and prevent a potentially long-term, negative impact upon the child’s development.

The School Screening Program has been very successful, steadily growing since its inception in 1969. The Center continues to seek new ways to cost-effectively partner with other organizations and increase the number of children screened every year. In 2014, school screening technicians served a record 14,156 area children, the highest number helped in the programs’s 45 year history!

If you are interested in having the School Screening Program come to your school, call the Center at 314-968-4710 for more information. Screenings cost $7 per child, and financial assistance is available for a limited number of schools each year.

For more information on the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, visit their website at www.stlchristmascarols.org or call them directly at 314-863-1225. 

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

Monday, May 4, 2015

Don't Forget... Give Generously During “Give STL Day” Tomorrow









Tomorrow, May 5, don't forget to give generously to Center for Hearing & Speech and your other favorite charities participating in the annual 24-hour online donation challenge, “Give STL Day 2015” to raise funds for local nonprofits. 

Give STL Day’s 2015 sponsor, the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation (GSLCF), is enlisting the support of area citizens, businesses and media to help support the massive one-day joint fundraising effort.  The goal of the event is to motivate all St. Louisans to go online and give generously to their favorite local nonprofits. There are an estimated 12,000 nonprofits in the greater metropolitan region. Last year’s Give STL Day generated 13,000 donations for a variety of worthy causes.

“Our first Give STL Day was a huge success—we raised over $1,108,815 in one day for more than 528 participating nonprofits,” said Mary McMurtrey, the Foundation’s director of community engagement.“We truly became one community while promoting philanthropy. So let’s do it again!”

Center director of development, Jeff Tarr, agrees with McMurtrey, and adds that giving on Give STL Day can really make a difference for St. Louis area residents in need.


“Giving through Give STL Day is incredibly easy and convenient and goes far in helping St. Louisans to receive the hearing and speech/language therapy they need to correct their communication disorders,” Tarr said. “Give STL Day is yet another way to reach out and help neighbors in need!”

Give STL Day donations will be accepted on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, from midnight to midnight. All donations must be made online via computer or smartphone at givestlday.org during that 24-hour period. Those wishing to give do not have to live in the St. Louis area to donate but the nonprofits must be located in the greater Saint Louis region. The website will feature searchable donation pages for participating nonprofits and donors can track fundraising progress throughout the day. Prizes will be offered to recognize the top donations. 

Supporters may use a credit or debit card to donate to any nonprofit that has registered to participate. Anonymous donations will be accepted. Donations begin at $10 and there is no limit to the maximum size or number of donations accepted. A Give STL Day donation will be restricted for that chosen charity and will not be given to any other charity. Donors cannot designate a donation for a specific program at a nonprofit. All donations made on givestlday.org are 100-percent tax deductible and non-refundable. GSLCF and your chosen nonprofit will email out a thank you and a tax receipt.

GSLCF encourages St. Louisans to support their local nonprofits with year-round giving, in addition to the Tuesday, May 5 city-wide charitable holiday. “Spread the word among your own friends and networks about Give STL Day and the good work nonprofits do in our community,” McMurtrey said. Give STL Day is based on other successful giving days hosted by community foundations across the country.

For more details on Give STL Day 2015, contact the Greater St. Louis Community Foundation at 314.588.8200 or info@stlgives.org.    


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