Savannah Speech & Hearing Center: Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer

The Savannah Speech and Hearing Center offers a variety of activities for volunteers.

These activities include:

  • hearing screening
  • participation in health fairs
  • front office duties
  • working with a group of stroke survivors to improve communication skills.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Ann Curry, today by calling (912) 355-4601 or by emailing Mrs. Curry at  ACurry@SpeechAndHearingSav.org .

Hearing Screening

Screening hearing involves learning to use a small portable screening device called an audiometer. A training session two to three hours in length is required, followed by on-the-job practice with an experienced volunteer screener. Hearing screening tests are provided to children as well as to adults, at health fairs, wellness programs, public and private schools, church groups, and so forth. Hearing screening activities take place at the center as well as off-site locations. There are no charges for these volunteer services.

Stroke Group

This free program is for speech-impaired persons who have had a stroke or head injury. Most no longer receive professional speech therapy services. The program is conducted by volunteers who are trained and supervised by the speech pathology staff. Group participant’s work on improving and maintaining skills associated with speaking, listening, reading and writing. A one-to-two hour training session is required, followed by on-the-job practice.

Other Volunteer Activities

Other volunteer activities include assisting professionals in a free cleft palate clinic, giving various public talks as part of the center’s public education program and various administrative support such as helping with bulk mailings and clerical activities.

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Honoring Caroline Steed as 2018 Volunteer of the Year

Caroline Steed is the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center’s Annie F. Oliver Volunteer of the Year for 2018. The annual award was presented at a reception on February 25th. Caroline is the award’s 40th recipient. The Annie F. Oliver Award recognizes excellence and a strong commitment to volunteering for the betterment of the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center Community.

In 2018 she volunteered 188 hours of her time assisting with various programs at the center including 140 hours with the Center’s Sound Start Program. Inspired by her volunteer work at SSHC, Steed plans to attend graduate school in the fall to earn her master’s degree in communication sciences and disorders and pursue a career in speech-language pathology.

Currently a student at Georgia Southern University-Armstrong Campus, Caroline was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. She graduated (with honors) with a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences in December at GSU. She has been recognized on the Dean’s List and President’s List for her academic performance. She is continuing her education in the field of communication sciences and disorders.

Ms. Steed is extremely active in her community. A volunteer at Savannah Speech and Hearing Center since January 2018, she has enjoyed volunteering with hearing screenings at local schools, Stroke Group, Sound Start and fundraising events. Caroline loves working with the diverse populations that Savannah Speech and Hearing Center’s volunteer opportunities have to offer, and says volunteering here has further solidified her decision to pursue her dream of becoming a speech-language pathologist.

In August 2018, Caroline began working as a paraprofessional at the Sound Start School. She loves how tremendously unique this program is, and being able to learn from the incomparably skilled, caring, and compassionate team. Caroline continues to be astonished by the capabilities of the incredible children at this school, and considers it a true honor to be a part of such a life-changing program.

In addition, SSHC honored volunteers for donating over 1500 hours in 2018. This includes 238 hours screening nearly 7000 students in public, private and preschools in the greater Savannah area.

We are especially grateful for the GSU undergraduate and graduate students in the Communication Science and Disorders Program who volunteered hundreds of hours in a variety of programs. “This was a record year of volunteering at the center and we could not have done it without the support of these talented and caring students” – Ann Curry, Volunteer Coordinator at Savannah Speech and Hearing Center.

 

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**ONE VOLUNTEER HOUR MAKES A DIFFERENCE**

The Value of Volunteer Time, which is updated annually, is made available by Independent Sector. The current Independent Sector rate is $24.69 per hour. SSHC volunteers gave over 1,570 hours in 2018.

Please call Ann Curry, Volunteer Coordinator, to schedule your volunteer hours today!


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