Even though we didn’t make our financial goal for the Duck Walk by about $1000, I think we made tremendous strides in connecting with the Northview Total Communications staff and the GROD staff, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services and their staff, the Meijer Hearing Center, Elder’s Helpers and others that we don’t usually have as participants. That was one of my goals from the Summer Celebration. I want to thank the committee for their hours of work and generous time spent making the Duck Walk a success!
Undoubtedly a positive relationship is blooming with Quota and our agencies, schools, and community members. From here, I think we will find more people spreading the word, attending and, hopefully, donating.
The Quota Advisory Council met last week at DHHS with a small group, who are very engaged, in identifying the unmet needs of our community. Cathy Kaiser led with an excellent tool for each entity to respond. You can find the information by clicking here. The minutes are also included by clicking here.
My relationship with Ashlee Dowley is growing even further. One day when I was pitching the Duck Walk, I mentioned that we didn’t have enough money to support a Spanish interpreter for the Mother’s Group at Ken-O-Sha. This group meets once per month for 2 hours and discusses issues related to the struggles of having deaf and hard of hearing children. Many of the children are from Hispanic homes where Spanish is the only language spoken. With an interpreter, those moms would be able to understand and be confident that their children are in the correct program. Ashlee told me that she had just hired a young man, just out of college at GVSU who majored in medical interpretation with an emphasis in Spanish! She set aside part of his work schedule to attend the meetings. Chris Ward started at Ken-O-Sha last Friday with his first group. He was definitely excited to put his skills to work and meet the moms, with enthusiasm! And all of this didn’t cost anyone any money!! Thank you, Ashlee!
Now to the Make A Difference Day. I started to put together the registration information yesterday and found that the event does HAVE to occur on the 4th Saturday of October, Oct. 25th this year. So… I thought we could still participate. People would drop off old, unused, or broken hearing aids to be repaired and given away to those persons who cannot afford them. They would be distributed through DHHS and other agencies. Proposed hours are from 10 – 4. I will let you know what’s happening along the way. If you’d like to spend some time assisting on Oct. 25th, please let me know.