We have no paid staff so we depend on each other and on others who are hard of hearing or not, to fulfill our mission of providing information, education, advocacy and support. So if you would like to become actively involved with HLA-LCO please contact us. We’d love to hear about your interest in helping in one of the following ways or by doing something else you feel is necessary and would like to do.
Meetings and programs. Help plan general membership meetings. Maybe a topic will be something you would like to know more about or a topic you heard about that seemed to be of general interest to people who are hard of hearing. We are always in search of new ideas for presentations.
Assist in setting-up the meeting room. This includes setting up of a projector and screen, chairs and tables or setting-up and testing ALD’s. It isn’t glamorous but it is essential!
Be part of the welcoming team. Help newcomers and others get a sense of who we are, what we do and what resources we have available to meet their needs. Often people come to the meetings for the first time and feel anxious so helping them feel at ease is an important job.
Join the hospitality crew by organizing coffee and snacks at the general meetings; it’s part of what helps people to feel comfortable and like coming back.
Technical assistance. Maintain and expand our e-mail database.
Help raise funds. So much of what we do requires funds beyond membership dues. Have ideas for fundraising? We’d love to hear about them and have help with implementing them!
Sponsorships. One of our biggest expenses is the production of our monthly newsletter and sponsors cover those and other expenses. Ideas for additional sponsors and their solicitation is vital to HLA-LCO’s functioning.
Publicity. In order to remain vital and to fulfill our mission we need people to be aware of, and participate in, our activities. People who can help to get the word out about our organization, our accomplishments and activities are most welcome.
These and other functions are ones that are currently available but they should by no means act to limit the types of volunteer opportunities that can be available. What are your ideas?