OUR NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY
According to the World Health Organization, more than 360 million people have disabling hearing loss, with the greatest prevalence living in developing countries. Unfortunately, less than three percent of these individuals can afford hearing aids or even have access to the care they need. The Starkey Hearing Foundation is working tirelessly to change this by building strong partnerships, empowering local teams and expanding our three-phase Community-Based Hearing HealthCare model around the world.
In 2006, Delta Zeta’s National Convention voted to make Starkey Hearing Foundation a philanthropic partner with Delta Zeta for the cause of speech and hearing. In 2015, Delta Zeta name Starkey Hearing Foundation as our national philanthropy project. Starkey Hearing Foundation uses hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and change lives around the world. As a member of Clinton Global Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to provide more than one million hearing aids to people in need this decade and currently gives more than 175,000 hearing aids annually. Delta Zeta is proud to partner with this organization to bring better quality of life to many people worldwide.
Delta Zeta Hamburgers for Hearing
No better way to celebrate the upcoming summer than a cookout! At Hamburgers for Hearing, guests can enjoy a hamburger dinner with friends and family, listen to music, and help raise money for Delta Zeta’s national partner, the Starkey Hearing Foundation. This event is a student favorite, and continues to be a hit year after year.
In the fall, our sisters had a blast at Delta Ziti this fall. Delta Zeta’s first annual pasta bar raised funds for our local philanthropy, the AU Speech and Hearing clinic. We invited the Auburn community to enjoy some tasty pasta and breadsticks as well as enjoying some time with our sisters!
Our local philanthropy
The AU Speech and Hearing Clinic, established on campus in 1947, offers a full range of evaluation and treatment services for clients of all ages in the Auburn/Opelika area. In addition to providing treatment, the clinic offers support to the friends and families of those suffering speech and language impairments.
Starting in 2017, Delta Zeta partnered with Dr. Alisha Jones at the AU Speech and Hearing Clinic to raise funds to help create a support group for the families of those with hearing loss and other auditory disorders. The group will help educate families on the treatment and care of their loved ones with hearing loss, as well as an open forum for members to share their experiences with others who understand what they’re going through.
Learn more about the AU Speech and Hearing Clinic at their website, www.cla.auburn.edu/speechandhearingclinic