American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

The NSSLHA Loves Campaign

The NSSLHA Loves campaign is a community service initiative sponsored by NSSLHA to provide funding and awareness to national organizations that work with people living with communication disorders. One hundred percent of the donations raised go to the recipient organization. To nominate a national organization for the NSSLHA Loves campaign, contact

2013–2014 NSSLHA Loves Recipient

Small Steps in Speech logo

The mission of Small Steps in Speech is to help children with speech and/or language disorders take the steps needed to be better communicators. This is achieved through grants and donations to service providers and qualifying charitable organizations.

The foundation was created in honor of SSG Marc Small, fiancé of Amanda Charney, foundation director. Marc had dreams of Amanda opening her own private practice and came up with the name, "Small Steps in Speech" to symbolize her soon-to-be last name along with the small steps children must take to build their communication skills. When the heart-breaking news came of Marc's passing, starting the non-profit foundation seemed like a good way to keep Marc's memory alive and keep him close to Amanda's heart.

NSSLHA and ASHA members, as well as local NSSLHA chapters, can donate online or by sending a check along with the 2013-2014 "NSSLHA Loves" Campaign form [PDF]. The deadline for donations is June 30, 2014. Take a big step to fund Small Steps in Speech!

Raising Funds

There are several activities that chapters can do to raise money:

  • Bowl-a-thon or walk-a-thon (Charge an entry fee and encourage participants to raise money for every point earned if bowling or every mile walked in a walk-a-thon.)
  • Movie night (Reserve space on your campus. Rent a movie from a local video outlet and host movies on campus. Charge students for admission and have someone donate food items that you can sell.)
  • Silent auction (Ask local businesses and individuals to donate items. Then auction those items to the highest bidder. This activity usually accompanies a cocktail hour or other social event.)
  • Conference fees (Host a conference on campus and allot a portion of the conference registration fees as a donation to the NSSLHA Loves campaign. Remember to register your NSSLHA chapter as a Continuing Education (CE) provider so that attendees will receive continuing education units for attending your conference.)

The goal of every NSSLHA chapter is to raise $500. Local chapters that donate $250 or more receive credit points toward the NSSLHA chapter honors program. Learn how local chapters are showing "Love" in the community.

Past Campaigns

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