TOPEKA (WIBW) -- LIsten in to this Red Couch interview about Sertoma and the SHARP program, as we welcome Chair Lynne Borne and Marilyn Trechtor.
Here's more about the organization!
• Sertoma, the civic service organization, was chartered in 1912 in Kansas City, Missouri. Sertoma is the third oldest civic club in the world.
• Sertoma is an acronym for SERvice TO MAnkind. Its national mission is hearing health, and improving the quality of life for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss, through education and support.
One of the ways Sertoma in Topeka supports this hearing health mission, is:
SHARP (Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycling Program), is the program where recycled hearing aids are made into a 'new' hearing aid for seniors in need, by providing the audiology services and lifetime batteries to that senior, greatly impacting their quality of life, at no cost to them.
Topeka's Sertoma Clubs have provided approximately 1,000 FREE hearing aids and lifetime supply of batteries in the past 35 years, with a financial impact to those individuals exceeding $3 Million Dollars. The club pays about $300 per person to provide these services, hearing aids and batteries to seniors.
HOW CAN YOU HELP? There are many ways the Topeka community can help Sertoma expand its hearing health mission.
• Donate used hearing aids. All Penwell Gabel Funeral Homes and Brennan-Mathena Funeral Homes in Topeka, are locations where individuals can drop off used hearing aids for the Sertoma hearing aid recycling program.
• Donate funds to help. With our current funding, we can only provide hearing aids to 6-7 people each year. With additional funds we can do more.
To support these hearing health causes, mail your tax-deductible check payable to Sertoma Clubs of Topeka to: c/o Dan Hejtmanek, SHARP Treasurer, 2800 SW Burlingame Road, Topeka, KS 66611.
A receipt will be mailed to donor. Thank you!