As we begin our fourth year of independent operations, we are overwhelmed by the need for speech therapy and speech generating devices. Research shows that children with any speech delay or disorder have a higher chance of success with early intervention. Yet, every day we see children denied health insurance benefits that would help them achieve their therapy goals.
At our first quarter meeting alone we received over $80,000 in requests for funding. This is just a drop in the bucket. The need is much greater and will only continue to grow.
In order for the Orange Effect Foundation to continue to meet the needs of this community we are excited to expand the board. Currently the board includes Kristin Erbacher from Aon, Craig Coffey from Lincoln Electric, Joe Pulizzi from Z Squared Media, Cathy McPhillips from UBM, and Dr. Monica Gordon-Pershey from Cleveland State University. They work with Maureen Stanton, Program Manager, Krissy Leskovec, Secretary, and Pam Pulizzi, Executive Director.
We are looking for three additional board members. The most important qualification is an enthusiastic commitment to the organization and the cause.
Why should you serve on our board? Orange Effect board members make a difference in children’s lives. We know that our grants are powerful. Every quarter, the board funds speech therapy and speech devices that enable children to develop friendships and social relationships which had been impossible in the past due to limited communication. Your contribution to the Orange Effect board makes this possible.
Term limits are three years (renewable). Meetings are held quarterly in Cleveland on the second Friday of March, June, September, and December. Our annual fundraiser is the OEF Golf for Autism, held at Elyria Country Club on the first Monday in August. This year’s golf outing is on August 5, 2019.
The deadline to nominate is May 3, 2019, 12:00 midnight EST