Sertomans are very charitable people. They give of their time, talent and treasure throughout the year. Sertomans touch so many people and that is one of the many reasons I am proud to say that I am a Sertoman. Clap!
If you are still considering making donations before the tax deadline, please keep in mind the Sertoma Annual Fund. Funds are used to support our scholarships, grants, SAFEEars!®, A Sound Investment, and other hearing health programs. Over the past ten years, the Annual Fund has provided over 800 scholarships, more than $1,000,000 in grants, and provided information to more than 300,000 individuals on how to protect their hearing.
Sertoma awards 50 $1,000 scholarships each year to graduate students pursuing degrees in audiology or speech-language pathology. Sertoma provides more funds nationally, for graduate students studying communicative disorders, than any other single organization.
Sertoma awards 50 $1,000 scholarships each year to undergraduate students who are hard of hearing or deaf, attending a four-year college or university, who have clinically significant bilateral hearing loss.
In addition, Sertoma awards approximately $100,000 in Community Grants to organizations that belong to the national Adopt-an-Agency program. These organizations, also known as affiliates, are nonprofit hearing health organizations that have established a relationship with a Sertoma club or have an independent relationship with Sertoma. Community Grants are awarded for any amount between $2,500 and $5,000, for a hearing related program, project, or equipment.
If you are part of the 66% of the population who have already donated, thank you! For the remaining 33% of us, please join me in donating on or before December 31st by either writing a check or visiting the website at http://www.sertoma.org/donate. Wishing you and yours all the best in 2015 and always.
Sertoma Junior Vice-President