The Rockville, MD, Mayor and Council recently recognized the staff of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) for their significant participation in Rockville's 2009 holiday drive.
By participating in the drive, more than 100 ASHA staff made sure 12 needy Rockville families had a holiday filled with new, wrapped presents.
Deeming ASHA a major donor to the holiday drive, the Rockville Mayor and Council presented a certificate of appreciation to ASHA Executive Director Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, during the January 11 Mayor and Council meeting that was televised on the Rockville Channel.
"ASHA's Community Outreach Team works year-round providing opportunities for ASHA staff to volunteer through their workplace in ways that benefit the local community," Dr. Pietranton says. "We are very glad to have participated in the holiday drive and it's very gratifying to receive the Mayor and Council's recognition."
Other past activities of ASHA's Community Outreach Team include donating gently worn coats to One Warm Coat and the Interfaith Clothing Center in Rockville; collecting food and supplies for the Second Chance Wildlife Center, the DelCor Food Drive, and Walter Reed Army Medical Center; collecting aluminum cans for Habitat for Humanity, which receives two cents per can to use to build homes; making 100 bag lunches for the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless; collecting school supplies for at-risk children in the Linkages to Learning program at Maryvale Elementary School in Rockville; and collecting used blankets and supplies for House With a Heart, which cares for senior dogs and cats.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 135,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, and speech, language, and hearing scientists. Audiologists specialize in preventing and assessing hearing and balance disorders as well as providing audiologic treatment including hearing aids. Speech-language pathologists identify, assess, and treat speech and language problems including swallowing disorders.
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