Over the last few months, while attending regional meetings, I have been so impressed and proud of the wonderful service work that is being done in your local communities in the name of Quota! One very worthwhile service project, “Quota’s Hear for Good,” by Quota International of Grand Rapids, MI, United States, stood out to me because it can easily be duplicated in many of our communities around the world.
“Hear for Good,” a project presented at the Region 4 Meeting, is a service project where Quota Club members collect used hearing aids for recycling. The used hearing aids are then sent to a leading manufacturer of hearing aids, Starkey, Inc., to be refurbished and reprogrammed. Through their Starkey Hearing Foundation, the international manufacturing company conducts hearing missions, fitting more than 100,000 refurbished aids a year. Starkey, with the help of Quotarians in Grand Rapids are able to bring the gift of hearing to those who would otherwise live in the isolation of a silent world.
By donating the used hearing aids to Starkey, Quota International of Grand Rapids receives points toward the purchase of new, lower cost hearing aids, which Quota donates to deaf and hard-of-hearing persons in need. QI of Grand Rapids partners with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Services in their community to help identify those who would benefit the most from this particular service.
QI of Grand Rapids made beautiful donation boxes for recycled hearing aids and placed them at various places in their community. Some of the suggested locations were: churches, funeral homes, schools, agencies that support the aging, hospice, and local businesses. Each donation gift box held information about Quota International’s rich history, and thank you and/or gift acknowledgement cards for hearing aid donors to receive at a later date. The gift boxes placed around Grand Rapids gave Quota International a little more exposure in the community; the club was also featured on a local news program to showcase their project! Job well done, Quotarians of Grand Rapids.
If anyone is interested in pursuing this “Hear for Good” project in their local community, please, don’t hesitate to contact me for more information.
Thank you ALL for making a difference in your communities and around the world!