In the Community Category

Your Club Can Still Help Your Community

In this time of COVID-19, your clubs can still help your community…  your club can develop a virtual fundraiser.  These funds can be raised to go to your club’s sponsor fund or to support a local charity, helping people affected by COVID-19.  Even from your home, you and your club members can serve your community.  Below are a few easy online fundraising ideas you and your club members can start this today.

Who knows, if your club likes doing this during the time of social distancing.  You may want to make this type of fundraiser a regular part of your club’s fundraising plan.

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Please Help Us Find Judges!

Sertoma and Hearing Charities of America (HCOA) strives to improve the quality of life for those impacted by hearing loss.  Sertoma’s Adopt-an-Agency program is one way it does so, because it is a network of hearing health organizations that share the same mission and goals.

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Spread the Gift of Sound!

What do you see when you look out your window or step through your door? Is it so familiar that beauty and adventure no longer catch your attention? Is opportunity waiting, yet going unrecognized?

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Find a Club and Take a Selfie!

Whether the goal is growing membership, raising funds for service-related endeavors, marketing an event, or finding new connections within your local community, it has become clear in recent years that a solid web presence is vital. This is true for Sertoma at the national level, the club level, and even at the member level.

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Helping Our Heroes Hear

If you could give an invaluable gift to someone who puts their life on the line for you every day, what would it be?

The Audiology Department at Kansas University Medical Center (KUMED) took some time to research the needs of local law enforcement officers in their community. The department soon realized that the special gift they could provide was enhanced communication through customized radio ear molds.

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Train a Trainer for Your Club!

Do you ever wish you had a trainer and great training materials readily available within your club? Now you can! All clubs have an opportunity to send a member to a special “Train the Trainer” event at the 2018 Convention in Kansas City.

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How to Grow New Relationships

One of the best ways to create new relationships and spark change is by introducing Sertoma’s programs to the individuals in your community. By sharing what we do, you can better connect with others and engage them in our mission to make a difference.

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Hear Us Out – Here’s Why You Need CELEBRATE SOUND!

Want to be a part of an amazing national fund and awareness-raising event that helps promote hearing health in our communities? Join Sertoma in giving the gift of sound. Host a CELEBRATE SOUND Don’t Walk in Silence® event today!

CELEBRATE SOUND is a turnkey fundraising project that allows your community to come together to raise funds and awareness for your organization and Sertoma. With more than 50 million people living with hearing loss, it is critical to educate our communities on issues like noise-induced hearing loss.

When you partner with Sertoma,

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Make Some Noise for Hearing Health!

Did you know that individuals with healthy hearing are less likely to develop or experience heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and social isolation? Hearing plays a significant role in affecting a person’s mood, overall well-being and everyday life. It is arguably one of the body’s most important senses!

Approximately 52 million Americans have hearing loss, and this staggering number is increasing quickly. In the world, it is estimated that around 360 million men, women and children are affected, and unfortunately, hearing loss is permanent.

What will you do during May Better Hearing and Speech Month to help bring attention to the important issue of hearing health?

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Benefits of the Adopt-an-Agency Program

The Adopt-An-Agency program establishes a relationship between Sertoma and a nonprofit hearing and speech facility. It is a practical way for a club to help a local organization and promote Sertoma’s national mission

Sertoma’s partnership with these agencies, known as National Affiliates, expands awareness in the community to the pervasiveness of communicative disorders and the resulting impact on the lives of individuals and their families.

Sertoma Affiliates must be a 501(C)3 or tax status equivalent, including schools or school districts or departments, colleges or universities that provide direct services, education or research related to helping those with communicative disorders.

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Sertoma and Delta Zeta Sponsor Special Trip for Students

Do you remember your favorite subject growing up? Was it art, history or government? Can you imagine a field trip that would be able to turn all three subjects into a memorable adventure?

Believe it or not, the Mansfield Sertoma Club of Mansfield Ohio, and the Delta Zeta Sorority of Ashland University, teamed up to provide students with a very special, yet educational day encompassing all three subjects.

Each year, the Mansfield Sertoma Club and Delta Zeta Sorority plan around 3-4 trips for the students attending the Mansfield public schools in order to help them learn and explore the community.

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Sertoma’s Pizzeria Lunch Helps Students Practice Speech

Communication is an art that cannot always be taught. For some students, it is a fundamental tool that takes time, persistence and patience to develop. For students attending the Texas School for the Deaf in Austin, Texas, a unique event was held to provide students with an opportunity to learn and implement various types of communication in a creative setting.

To help the students, the Northwest Sertoma Club, of Austin, Texas, has been volunteering and hosting an annual Pizzeria Luncheon.

This unique event is designed to provide students with the opportunity to speak with Sertoma members in an informal,

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Sertoma Empowers Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Baseball Players

Every child growing up has unique dreams and aspirations. For some children, these dreams can range anywhere from becoming a fearless fireman, to an ambitious astronaut or a legendary hall of fame baseball player.

For Deaf and Hard of Hearing children in Denver, Colorado, the LoDo Field of Dreams Sertoma Club hosted a special camp to help train and encourage the dreams of children within its community.

This year, the LoDo Field of Dreams Sertoma Club held its 20th annual Denver Field of Dreams baseball camp July 9-10 at the Regency Athletic Complex Baseball Field in Denver,

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Sertoma Club @ the Villages Hosts Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Youth Baseball Camp

The game of baseball is a classic and historical part of American history. For many children growing up, the hot summer days at the ball park become lifelong lessons and memories.

Unfortunately, for Deaf or Hard of Hearing children there are not always an unlimited amount of opportunities to learn or play baseball in a group setting.

However, thanks to groups such as the Sertoma Club @ the Villages, no child will ever feel left out at the ball field. Each year, The Sertoma Club @ the Villages hosts its annual Sertoma Fantasy Baseball Camp, for Deaf and Hard of Hearing boys and girls.

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Sertoma Grant Opens New Doors at Aspen Deaf Camp

Ah, the sweet essence and experience of summer camp. It is place where freedom and adventure intertwine, new relationships grow and comfort zones dissolve.

For those attending Aspen Camp in Snowmass, Colorado, it is a special opportunity for both Deaf* children and Deaf* adults to explore new realms, relationships and the outdoors.

Aspen Camp originated in 1967, and is currently the only Deaf* camp in the United States that provides year round programs to Deaf* youths, adults, families and hearing allies.

Aspen Camp focuses on the acceptance of Deafhood, and the ways in which people can embrace their individuality in a unified environment.

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Custom Hearing Aid Donation Changes Child’s Life

For months, five-year-old Sophia was beginning to distance herself socially in school. She became shy, timid and was having difficulty communicating. It wasn’t until she took a test, that her family and teachers soon realized there was more to the story.

The Sioux City Noon Sertoma Club first learned about Sophia and her story from a local audiologist named Mike Sloniker.  Sloniker has been an audiologist for 25 years, and owns Siouxland Hearing Healthcare, a private practice in Sioux City, Iowa. Throughout the years, he has formed a close professional relationship with the Sioux City Noon Sertoma Club,

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Central Bucks Sertoma Donation Enhances Deaf Student’s Education

Gerardo, a smiling energetic eight -year-old with Down syndrome and deafness, was recently placed in an extremely difficult situation.  After the accidental shattering of his iPad cover, an incredibly important tool in which he uses to communicate in the classroom, Gerardo was left feeling sad and alone.  That is, until the Central Bucks Sertoma Club provided him with a new cover and speaker.

In the classroom and at home, Gerardo uses his iPad as an augmentative communicative device.  He uses the dynamic display screens to make requests, call on his classmates and to participate in daily classroom activities. 

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Minot Sertoma Club Gives the Gift of Music

Music is arguably one of life’s sweetest indulgences.  It is endlessly versatile, and has the amazing ability to bring people together. On the opposite end of the spectrum, it can also drive people apart under the right circumstances.

For example, can you imagine attending your favorite concert, and not being able to hear the music or interact with the people around you? It would be incredibly difficult, depressing and isolating.

In order to prevent anyone from feeling this kind of isolation, the Minot Sertoma Club, of Minot North Dakota, set out on a mission to help spread music,

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Sertoma Provides Students with Educational Resources in New Mexico

Let’s face it; graduating from college can be stressful. So, what makes a college student successful and ready to conquer the next set of challenges?  Is it having knowledgeable teachers, excelling at intensified course work, or travelling to gain hands on experience?

One could argue that there are multiple factors that play a pivotal role in whether or not a student graduates feeling ready for the intimidating, and inevitable “real world.”

The Las Cruces Sertoma Club of Las Cruces, New Mexico, realized that students truly need a variety of resources and experiences in order to feel properly prepared.

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Sertoma’s Donation Improves Communication in South Carolina Community

Social events, both small and large, help create a sense of belonging and unity within communities. We may not always realize it, but at times, individuals with hearing loss can feel isolated, or left out during social events simply because of communication limitations.

Approximately 20% of Americans have hearing loss, and even those with hearing aids are not always able to understand or hear speech effectively in large group settings.

In order to compensate, and break down these communication barriers, specific types of technology called “hearing looping systems” are now being implemented into public vicinities to accommodate those that have hearing loss.

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Sertoma Members Enhance Elementary Education

Can you imagine going to school and not being able to communicate effectively with your teacher? It would be extremely challenging, frustrating and discouraging to try and learn, correct? But what if a group of people made it so that you would never have to worry about facing any unexpected communication barriers ever again?

Generosity goes a long way. The members of the High Noon Sertoma Club were able to take one elementary school’s class dream, and turn it into an incredible life changing reality.

Elementary school teacher SueAnn Gurwell had a significant problem that needed to be addressed.

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Fall Fun for Kids with Hearing Loss

It’s not every day a child gets to ride a train, visit a haunted barn, or brave a ghost town tricycle trail. But once a year, Roca Berry Farm, located just outside Lincoln, Nebraska, helps make these sometimes creepy and always magical experiences available to children with hearing loss. This year, that day came on Sept. 20.

The annual event, known as the Family Fall Harvest Event, is sponsored by two Sertoma clubs – the University Sertoma Club and the CI Sertoma Club – as well as the Southeast Nebraska Regional Program for Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing.

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10,000+ Sertomans’ Stories. Endless Possibilities.

At our last National Convention our focus was on Story Telling. Not just any story but our story. We heard how important it is to tell our story so that others become interested in Sertoma. So I thought this would be easy. I had two great ideas but which one to pick. So here goes…

How many of you have had your hearing checked and it was fine? Then you have it checked again and find out it isn’t. I started by having my hearing checked at a regional convention. I thought I had done a good job and was very surprised when they indicated I should see a professional.

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Little Acts Lead to Big Impact

Samantha Freer – a proud Sertoman and member of P.L.A.Y. Sertoma Club of Joplin – saw the Hearing Aid Donation project as an opportunity to honor her grandpa, Sam McCoun, a selfless individual who always wanted to help others. Samantha shared that when she asked her grandma for her grandpa’s hearing aid to recycle, her grandma cried said that would be wonderful and grandpa would think that would be great. I know without a doubt he is super happy to be helping someone, even after his passing.

AND because Samantha shared her story with the nursing home, they have requested a Hearing Aid Donation display and brochures to help collect used hearing aids.

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