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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
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.
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.
Kaczmarski Hearing Services, 2225 Main St SW, Ste. #140, Contact Beckie
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
Kaczmarski Hearing Services, In Northpointe Bank at I-96 & East Beltline, Contact Kate, Audiologist
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
Pederson Funeral Home, 127 N. Monroe Street, Contact David Germain 866-1515
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:
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.
Purchased a set of hearing aids, retail cost $6,000, for a young lady who suffers from Meniere’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
Work with Northview’s Total Communication Program to support 23 high school students to 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 program
Work with Grand Rapids Community College to provide a $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 individuals
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.
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.
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.
This question comes up when we say “we bought Pilot Caps” for deaf infants at 2 local schools.
Babies don’t fly planes, but some have cochlear implants, or hearing aids, and the caps help them to stay in place.
This thank you from a teacher says it all:
“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.”
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.
Quota International of Grand Rapids is pleased to be one of the sponsors for MayFest, a fundraiser for DHHS. The event will be held on Saturday, May 16, from 6-9 pm, at the West Michigan Caterer. Join us for a silent auction and beer and wine tasting.
Thursday, May 14 is the deadline to purchase tickets to MayFest 2015 at the reduced price of $28. Afterwards, the price will increase to $38. (You can also purchase tickets at the door.) Contact Dave at 616.732.7358 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase tickets.