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Columbia Sertoma Club sponsors South Carolina Hands and Voices


Jocelyn Ross of S.C. Hands and Voices accepts the 2022 club grant from Joby Castine, president of the Columbia Sertoma Club

Jocelyn Ross of S.C. Hands and Voices accepts the 2022 club grant from Joby Castine, president of the Columbia Sertoma Club

At its January 5 meeting the Columbia Sertoma Club announced it is a recipient of a 2022 Sertoma Club Grant (national), marking the club’s continued commitment to volunteer service, charitable support, and community leadership in the Columbia area. Funds from the grant will go to benefit South Carolina Hands and Voices. A check for the grant amount of $1,500 was presented to Jocelyn Ross of S.C. Hands and Voices at the meeting as well.

S.C. Hands and Voices is a 501(c)(3) parent driven organization that supports families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing without a bias around communication mode or methodology. The organization offers emotional support, information, and resource dissemination and modeling by other families. The grant funds will support the efforts of South Carolina Hands and Voices. The Columbia Club made a club grant to S.C. Hands and Voices in 2022 and in December (along with four other area Sertoma Clubs). The club also assisted a S.C. Hands and Voices “mingle” by providing a signing Santa for hearing impaired children and stockings stuffed with goodies.

The Columbia Sertoma Club is part of the national Sertoma, Inc. family of local civic clubs. A thriving 501(c)(3) nonprofit service organization that has been in existence for over a century, Sertoma is dedicated to improving the quality of life for those at risk or impacted by hearing loss through education and support. The name Sertoma is a contraction of the organization’s motto: Service to Mankind.

Sertomans throughout the United states and Canada are dedicated to creating communities that serve the needs of many,” said Jason Camis, Sertoma executive director. “We created this grant program to help members like The Columbia Sertoma Club support community charitable programs and organizations.” The Columbia Sertoma Club has been inexistence since 1950 and has continuously supported hearing health and other charitable causes in the Columbia area. The Columbia Sertoma Club meets the first and third Thursday of each month with the Richland Sertoma Club at the Capital City Club at 12:30 for lunch. Those interested in providing service to the community are welcome to visit. For more information about the Columbia Sertoma club, please contact club president Joby Castine at jobycastine@outlook.com.

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