Volunteer Opportunities - Savannah Speech & Hearing Center Volunteer Opportunities - Savannah Speech & Hearing Center

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 Outreach Coordinator, Jenna Harcher today by calling (912) 355-4601 or by emailing  JHarcher@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 screenings 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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Georgia Southern’s NSSHLA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association)

A big thank you to Georgia Southern’s NSSHLA (National Student Speech Language and Hearing Association) for raising the funds to purchase a Maico portable audiometer for our hearing screening program. SSHC provides free hearing screenings to private and public preschools, elementary, middle and high schools in Chatham, Effingham and Bryan Counties. In 2019, along with 25 volunteers from GSU-Armstrong Campus we screened over 7,685 students.

Pictured are (LtoR) Sarah Roberson, Ann Curry, former SS&H Volunteer Coordinator and Macall Brown, 2019 President of NSSLHA
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Volunteer of the Year for 2019 and 2020

Anne Kolman Smith, President of the Board of Directors

Anne K. Smith, FAIA, NCARB, LEED BD+C at Lominack Kolman Smith Architects

Anne Smith is a native Savannahian whose professional career has spanned over 30 years. Anne’s work experience consists of both preservation and new construction for a wide variety of project types.

Anne has served on the Board of Directors of the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center since 2002. She served as President of the Board in 2006 and 2007, and in 2017, 2019 -2020. During her tenure as Board President, Anne oversaw the start of our agency’s Sound Start Program – an auditory/oral preschool for children who are deaf and hard of hearing. It is because of Anne’s leadership that this program became a reality. Children who are deaf and hard of hearing are now excelling in regular education classes.

Anne’s expertise and knowledge in her field has served this Center well. From 2018 through 2020, Anne was involved in the design and construction of the new SSHC facility. She served on the Building Committee and acted as the liaison between our contracted builders/architects and the Board of Directors.

Anne has been a valuable resource and a tremendous asset for the Savannah Speech and Hearing Center. Our agency serves over 10,000 individuals a year. Anne has worked diligently to build community awareness of communication disorders and promote early intervention. Her leadership, volunteerism and commitment are great gifts to this center.

Thank you, Anne, for your dedication and service to 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 connect with Jenna Harcher, Outreach Coordinator to schedule your volunteer hours today!


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