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.
Quota International empowers women, children, the deaf, hard-of-hearing, and speech-impaired in local communities around the world.
Soon we will be wrapping up our Strategic Planning sessions and I’ll be presenting my recommendations to the Board and the Membership. This hasn’t been the easiest project to tackle but I think we’ve done a great job of collecting information, opinions and suggestions for improvement in our Club. Certainly, if there’s anything you’d like to be discussed, please join us on Nov. 17th at Cathy Kaiser’s condo, you can email her for directions. We begin our discussion around 6:45. Please let me (Martha) know that you are going to attend.
The Barnes & Noble book fair is going to be a great event! There has been a tremendous amount of time and effort in planning and organizing. Let’s get the word out, again, to support the Club and our mission. Click here to read more.
‘Make a Difference Day’ at Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services was a big hit! We collected 27 hearing aids that will be refurbished and distributed to low income people in the community. Additionally, new sites have been added in several locations:
Elder’s Helpers, 1407 Robinson Rd. SE; Grace Lutheran Church, Coopersville; Orchard Hill Church at 3 Mile and Bristol, GR; Drs. Niquette and Fair, Fremont; St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Newaygo. Other sites pending are the GR Veterans Home and Porter Hills. If you have any connections where you think we might be able to collect hearing aids, please let me know.
Something to think about…
The world is all new all the time. I go out there, and every day I’m starting all over again. I’m always an amateur. I may start something that’s not supported by my peers. Every day I give up. But then I always come back to it, thinking that perhaps someone will be encouraged to try something new, something different, something impactful. Controlled hysteria is what’s required. To exist constantly in a state of hysteria. It’s agony. But everyone has agony. The difference is that I try to take that agony home and teach it to sing.
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.