Quota Cares

Duck Walk and More – September 16th

quackersandfriendsEverybody looks forward to the Duck Walk.  It’s a chance to have fun, get outdoors, raise awareness for communications between Deaf and Hearing persons.

Bring the kids, neighbors, grandparents and everybody!  We will have a walk, kids’ activities and a really fabulous Silent Auction.  Click here to join us for a fun day.  Or donate now if you can’t make it.

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Happy Thanksgiving

Quota Club is thankful for Volunteers, sponsors & walkers at Duck Walk 2016, our dedicated members and families, Barnes & Noble Book Fair volunteers and book buyers.  All of you make a huge difference with your efforts!

And thanks to our Community Partners:

  • Quota Advisory Committee
  • Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Oral Deaf program
  • Northview Public Schools’ Deaf &  Hard of Hearing program

Our partners help us to help where we’re needed the most

Happy Thaksgiving to all !

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Hear For Good box locations

Hear for Good Martha at DHHS

Martha Herman, President of QuotaGR and Martha Guenther, Volunteer at DHHS, donating hearing aids.

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Hear for Good box locations – April 2016

These locations will accept used hearing aids. The hearing aids will be recycled and provide refurbished hearing aids to low income individuals. Thank you for helping Quota International help the hard of hearing in our community.

Southeast

  • DHHS, 4328 Kalamazoo, SE.  Contact  Deb Atwood 732-7358
  • Grand Rapids Public Schools, Ken-O-Sha Campus, 1353 VanAuken SE.
  • Elder’s Helpers, 500 Cherry St S.E.,  Contact  Dusty, 454-8305
  • Mercy Health Physician Partners Family Medicine – 300 Lafayette SE, Suite 4000 and 4200.  Contact Dr. Stanford 685-6921 or Miguel Mesa 685-6267
  • St Mary’s Hospital, 200 Jefferson Ave, SE -Sue Scharf
  • Clark Retirement Home, 1152 Franklin Street S.E.  Contact Michele Lipka
  • Sunrise Senior Living, 3041 Charlevoix Dr. SE.  Contact is Deb Roost 942-7200.

Southwest

  • Kaczmarski Hearing Services, 2225 Main St SW, Ste. #140, Contact Beckie

Northwest

  • Northview’s West Oakview Campus, 3880 Stuyvesant NW, Contact  Beckie
  • Covenant Village, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW,  Contact Reception Desk 735-4541
  • Holy Spirit Parish, 2230 Lake Michigan Drive NW, Contact Deb or Mary 453-6369
  • Kaczmarski Hearing Services, 523 Wilson Ave NW.  Contact Beckie

Northeast

  • Kaczmarski Hearing Services, In Northpointe Bank at I-96 & East Beltline, Contact Kate, Audiologist

Downtown

  • Fulton Farmer’s Market, 1147 Fulton St E, Box available at Quota Table the first Saturday May-October
  • Spectrum Health Audiology Department, 100 Michigan Ave.  Contact Kirsten Kramer

Rockford

  • Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street,  Contact David Germain 866-1515                          

Lakeview

  • Lakeview Terrace Assisted Living, 9494 Paden Road, Lakeview.  Contact Carmel Slebodnick 989-5550

 

 

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President’s message, July 7, 2015

I just finished our donation request to Meijer for the Duck Walk. I was astonished as to how much we give to this community through our work, and I didn’t even mention all of it!!

Here’s just a snip-it of what I wrote:Kent-Ottawa-Muskegon

Approximately 3.6% of Kent County residents are deaf or hard of hearing, or 22,381 people. There are 9,506 in Ottawa County and 9,012 in Muskegon County.

 

The statistics identify 19.5% are below the poverty line and 12.9% receive SSI. We, at Quota, raise money to change people’s lives by providing low cost hearing aids, support for internet services for those who cannot afford the link to the outside world, phones or even door bells and for interpreters when they go to the doctor’s office. We take for granted the many services they are restricted to enjoying….television, movies, concerts, etc.

Often they are isolated and depressed due to their disability. We will take this donation to impact their lives, and the lives of those around them, in a variety of ways. The deaf have a unique culture all their own. We need to help them feel part of the whole community with positive encouragement.

Achievements:

  • Purchased a set of hearing aids, retail cost $6,000, for a young lady who suffers from MeniHearingAidInEar2ere’s Disease. Quota Club collected used hearing aids for points towards a new set. The young lady is low income and is so thrilled to hear! The Hear for Good Project is still collecting used hearing aids and can now purchase 7 more hearing aids.
  • Collaborate with Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services to support summer camp experiences for 50 children

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  • Work with Northview’s Total Communication Program toGallaudet Logo support 23 high school students NorthviewLogoto visit Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., the only university for deaf students
  • Provide interpreter services to Spanish speaking mothers of children who attend the Grand Rapids Oral Deaf program; provide support of time and services to the programGROD Logo

 

 

 

  • Work with Grand Rapids Community College to provide GRCC Logoa $500 scholarship to an individual who is pursuing a career in assisting the deaf

 

  • Provide donations to Michigan Rehabilitation Services for working adults to find or continue employment for about 30 individualsDeafPersonAtWork

You should all feel very proud of what we do and the path we’re taking to become an outstanding Club.

I appreciate you and all that you do to make it happen and make a difference.

Martha Herman, President

 

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The Duck Walk is Coming Up

The Quota Club Duck Walk Duck Walk Duck grahicis scheduled for September 13, 2015.  Save the Date.

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President’s Message for June 25, 2015

Quotarians – YOU are amazing people!  You have embraced our mission, our vision and our new format so well.  We are making extraordinary progress in accomplishing our goals to improve our Club!!  We are moving forward with energy, enthusiasm and strength.

I was emailed a copy of our credits toward the Hear For Good program.  I recently had a meeting with Gillian Borkowski at Hear USA.  Some of you may know her from past years in Quota.  She is an outstanding audiologist who continues to share our quest to help the deaf and hard of hearing. Her clients recycle their old hearing aids with her company.recyclesymbol

She graciously gave us a box filled with used parts, totally a donation of 1,237 points!!  We are now at 1,974 and I couldn’t be more proud of the progress we have made!  FABULOUS!

More good news will be coming.  I’m doing these messages in smaller bites rather than one message a month.

Thank you for your support!

Martha

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Why, Do Babies Fly Planes?

This question comes up when we say “we bought Pilot Caps” for deaf infants at 2 local schools.

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Babies don’t fly planes, but some have cochlear implants, or hearing aids, and the caps help them to stay in place.

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This thank you from a teacher says it all:

Pilot Caps“Dear Quota Club,

Thank you so very much for the donation to receive 10 pilot caps for our deaf babies.  It is so important for the babies to keep their hearing aid(s) in and the pilot caps do wonders to achieve this goal.”

Sincerely,

Jane Swainston

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program at Northview

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How to use your sense of hearing to recharge

Pleasant sounds have the ability to bring us instant stress relief. “White noise” sounds that come from nature sound machines or trickling mini-fountains create a blank slate for the human brain to relax. If you don’t have a sound machine, try listening to what’s closest in nature: leaves rusting, the wind blowing, rain falling or waves crashing. Turn on beautiful music while you do work. And smile. This will ease up the strain on your middle-ear muscles, which in turn softens low-frequency noises such as traffic or ambient conversation.

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