Sertoma Club of Georgetown, TX
SERTOMA is an acronym for SERvice TO MAnkind which was established in 1912 with headquarters in Kansas City.
To meet the needs of communities through volunteer service.
To create communities of change under common leadership and with a common voice that will serve the many in need.
To improve the quality of life today for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support.
The Georgetown Sertoma club was chartered in 1979 with speech & hearing as one of our main focuses. We have been very active in addressing the needs of our community with Williamson County being identified as one of the fastest growing counties in the USA.
Along with this growth comes increased needs for hearing support which our club hopes to meet.
We have 7 Hearing Aid Collection Centers located throughout Central Texas, under our national program (S.H.A.R.P.) Sertoma Hearing Aid Recycle Program which has provided over 300 hearing aids each year to the University of Texas Speech & Hearing Center located in Austin, Texas. We work closely with their staff to screen, test and fit hearing devices to qualifying clients.
In addition, we work closely with local Hearing Centers to provide hearing devices and surgeries as needed. Over the past 5 years alone we have provided over 45 hearing aids to needy patients and helped pay for numerous surgeries to those in financial need.
Our Sertoma Club has provided hearing software and computer equipment to our local schools and Lone Star Circle of Care to address hearing issues for those in need. In addition, our Sertoma Club has addressed the hearing needs in our community by installing Hearing Loop Systems at the Georgetown City Council Chambers, City Library, and Palace Theatre. These looping systems enable persons with hearing aids to hear much clearer as the sound is directly sent to their hearing device. Additional needs in public gathering places are still being addressed.
We continue to educate and reach out to the community to help address hearing needs.