A Sound Investment - How to get involved
Awareness and information efforts
There are many ways to help get the word out about the values and benefits of looping. One of the best is to form a speakers group, and to offer presentations to the churches, synagogues, service clubs, and business groups. You could work with the local media to do public service announcements.
HCOA/Sertoma has prepared a presentation that you can access that has been developed in partnership with collaborating organizations. We developed it specifically for the volunteer to target a message to other community members. If after these presentations or in response to a PSA effort, additional technical information or support about looping is required, it is available through HCOA/Sertoma and the other participating organizations.
Adopt a Looping Project
The ultimate goal of the A Sound Investment campaign is to see we improve access for the hard of hearing and deaf in our communities. That means supporting the installation of looping systems in our communities. Take on the goal of raising the funds to see a facility that otherwise would not be looped, is completed. This could also be a combination of direct support and advocacy if the goal is to loop a major public venue such as an airport. You can also help individuals who cannot afford, but could benefit from having a home based system.
There have already been dozens of successful citizen led efforts to loop facilities. HCOA/Sertoma is prepared to support yours and link you to others who have already met the challenge. As a Friend’s Chapter of HCOA the tools and resources to support a looping project are available.
Support Existing Efforts
Sharing awareness may not be enough for some, and adopting a project may seem too much. With the collaborative efforts of so many organizations working on looping, assisting with the projects of others may be just the right balance. HCOA is working to maintain a list of projects and organizations working in communities across the country. If that is where you would like to start, let HCOA/Sertoma link you with efforts in your community. If you need a list of looping vendors, one can be found on our partner website hearingloop.org