At its annual awards ceremony today, the Corporate Volunteer Council (CVC) of Montgomery County presented the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) with its 2013 Medium Business Community Service Award.
Each year, CVC selects one small, medium, and large member business to recognize that has demonstrated a true passion for corporate volunteerism.
"We are honored to be recognized by the Corporate Volunteer Council with this award," ASHA Chief Executive Officer Arlene A. Pietranton, PhD, CAE, says. "It is especially gratifying to be selected by a group of our peers, who share our commitment to being good citizens in the Montgomery County community."
The CVC educates businesses on how to partner with and support nonprofit organizations by helping create successful volunteer/charitable programs. CVC's membership comprises a broad cross section of roughly 70 businesses, universities, nonprofit groups, and local government agencies.
According to Pietranton, such programs are consistent with the work of the members ASHA represents— who strive to help people live fulfilling lives through effective communication. Also, Pietranton notes there are many advantages to these programs. "ASHA's dedication to volunteerism benefits our staff and the community at large," she says. "Involvement in charitable activities promotes teamwork and raises morale among our employees. It gives staff a stable community in which to work and affords them the satisfaction of helping others. ASHA's volunteer efforts help us forge strong ties with our neighbors and the local government."
Part of a larger Social Responsibility initiative at ASHA, the organization's employee-led Community Outreach Team is governed by a charter to identify, promote, and plan community service activities. ASHA offers paid administrative leave for half of the time spent at an approved volunteer activity. "Many of our job applicants are drawn to ASHA because of our commitment to being socially responsible," Pietranton notes. "It's a key part of who we are collectively."
ASHA's community outreach activities are many and varied. These include providing shoes to Soles 4 Souls; women's clothing to Dress for Success; men's clothing, household goods, and baby layettes to Interfaith Works; coats to One Warm Coat; pet supplies to House with a Heart; ponchos and umbrellas to So Others Might Eat; books to Books for America; back-to-school items to Summit Hall Elementary School through Linkages to Learning; and food to the Manna Food Center.
In addition, ASHA annually sponsors children through the Safe Shores child advocacy center holiday drive and is involved in the Manna Food Center's Smart Sacks Initiative—providing eligible students at College Gardens Elementary School with bags of kid-friendly food every Friday so they have food on weekends when there are no school meals to sustain them.
For more information about the award, please visit https://cvc-mc.org/. To learn more about ASHA's work in the community, visit www.asha.org/About/Social-Responsibility/.
About the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
ASHA is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for more than 166,000 audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students. 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. www.asha.org/.