• Rotary Year: 2022-2023
  • Application Date: 6/29/2022
  • Club Name: Salem
  • Project Name: Hearing Assistive Technology for Community Individuals
  • Project Total Expenditures: $3,000.00
  • Grant Amount Requested: $1,500.00
  • Describe the Project, its location and its objectives: The goal of this project is to purchase Hearing Assistive Technology that will be used to provide access to individuals who have problems hearing the speakers at events and meetings at the Salem Civic Center and possibly other Salem venues.

    Several weeks ago, it came to the attention of members of our Rotary Club of Salem that individuals attending events and meetings at the Salem Civic Center and other venues in Salem were having problems hearing the speakers. Even when a general microphone is used by speakers in large rooms, the background noises from others in the room make it difficult for them to hear the speakers’ voices. Those meeting in smaller meeting rooms that do not have a microphone may have a similar problem. Hearing aids worn by some individuals amplify all sounds, so sometimes do not help, as the noises near them make it difficult to hear the speaker who may be across the room.

    Hearing Assistive Technology can dramatically improve an individual’s hearing in these settings. Assistive listening systems and devices bring the voice of the speaker directly to the ear of the person using the receiver. Therefore, they bridge the gap between the person and the sound source by eliminating the effects of distance, background noise, and reverberation.

    Many of the individuals having problems hearing the speakers are elderly, and have been contributing members of the community for many years. It is a travesty to allow them to sit at the events, not able to hear information provided, thereby isolating them not only during presentations, but also in subsequent discussions and even voting. Each of us has attended a lecture, sermon, or other event where it was difficult to hear the speaker, so we can understand how frustrating this becomes when a person has a hearing loss. We do not want the elderly citizens of our community and others with hearing loss to stop attending entertaining, social, or educational events because they are frustrated, and stop participating in community events because they are left “out of the loop”, leading to isolation.
  • This is the Club’s: Primary Project Application
  • Expected Start Date: 8/15/2022
  • Expected End Date: 5/12/2023
  • Expected Number of Beneficiaries: 100
  • Describe how the project will benefit the community and/or improve the lives of the less fortunate: (Please review the narrative above, describing the project and objectives.)
    Enabling all or our citizens, including those with hearing loss, to access the information presented and discussed at community events allows them to continue to contribute to our community. Younger individuals can continue to learn from the elderly community members who have years of experience in conducting community activities, as they share their expertise.
    Equipment will be donated to the Salem Civic Center, and staff members will be educated on its use. They will use this hearing assistive technology to provide access to individuals in our community who may utilize meeting rooms and attend events at the facility and possibly at other venues in the community.
  • Estimated Total Project Volunteer Hours: 40
  • Describe the Rotarian hands-on activities in the project (i.e. non-financial participation): Rotarian hands-on activities for this project include: talking with individuals who may benefit from this technology to determine technology needed; talking with leaders at the Salem Civic Center about hearing assistive technology currently available and their collaboration in storing, sanitizing, charging, etc the equipment; exploring options by reading about technology and talking with church leaders and others who currently utilize this technology for their members; getting quotes for systems/devices; discussing the project with other clubs for possible collaboration; writing the grant; collaborating in purchasing the equipment; working with Salem Civic Center to install with current sound systems, as needed; ensuring that equipment is cleaned, stored, and charged for use at meetings; educating users on effective use of the equipment.
  • Describe the publicity plan to inform the general public that this is a Rotary sponsored project: Equipment will be marked with the Rotary Wheel to show that it was provided by the Rotary Club of Salem and there will be a plaque showing that the Rotary donated this equipment to the Salem Civic Center to help make programs accessible.
  • Cooperating Organizations – Please list each cooperating organization, if any: Salem Kiwanis and the Salem Lions’ Club have been asked if they would like to collaborate with our Salem Rotary Club to purchase this equipment by contributing a portion of the funds needed. Both the Lions’ and the Kiwanis’ have met with their Boards, and though they thought it was a worthy project, decided to use their funds on other projects of theirs.

    Select Salem Civic Center staff members will be collaborating on this project.
  • Letter(s) of Participation: Letter_of_Participation_SCC_Saavedra.pdf
  • Project Expenditure Budget – list detail uses of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadWe have uploaded the project budget using the "Upload" button below.
  • Project Funding Budget – list detail sources of funds for the project, or use the Budget UploadWe have uploaded the project budget using the "Upload" button below.
  • Budget Upload:E_DG2015_Budget_for_HAT_District_Grant_June_29_2022.xls
  • Primary Contact Name: Jane Johnson
  • Primary Contact Rotary Position: President, beginning July 1, 2022
  • Primary Contact Email: jaynzjewelz@gmail.com
  • Primary Contact Phone: 1 (540) 314-4783
  • Financial Contact Name: Chuck Kiser
  • Financial Contact Rotary Position: Treasurer
  • Financial Contact Address: 
    3050 Green Hill Dr.
    Salem, VA 24153
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  • Financial Contact Email: SKiserasso@cs.com
  • Financial Contact Phone: 1 (540) 387-0089
  • District Grant Project Authorization Lettersigned_project_authorization_HAT_grant.jpg
  • Grant Number: 2022-12
  • Grant Award: $1,500.00