Connections. We celebrate connections each day at CEID. The connection of a word, signed or spoken, to a concept. Connections to make sense of a new sound discovered through a hearing aid or cochlear implant. Connections to information, to support, to skills. And the connections we make with each other to our students, to families, to patients, to donors. Each individual connection grows and shifts…expanding out to make new connections, each building on the last to form the next. The ripple effects continue far beyond the initial connection. It is this inter-relatedness and capacity to grow that we depend on at the core of our work and daily lives at CEID.
In this newsletter we highlight a “CEID Connector”— what began as a sharing of ideas then sparked an interest leading to curiosity to find out more and with an already existing commitment to be engaged in his community, led to years of support for CEID. Then eventually, another connection was made back to CEID to connect him with access to lost sounds via hearing aids and audiological care.
We recognize daily how fortunate we are to foster connections and grab the thread and follow it--being intentional about the possibilities any one connection might make. Our Walk-A-Thon in the Spring is dependent upon connections. It is our grassroots, peer-to-peer fundraiser that asks our community to reach out to their communities to seek support for our services. For 18 years it has connected us the day of the event and, in advance, to gather supporters. It importantly raises much needed funds for our programs and increases awareness about who we are, and why it matters.
A person’s intention to care and to make a connection releases a world of possibility. The multiplier effect is limitless and the positive impact profound. What is the ripple effect you will make today? Send your ideas my way. firstname.lastname@example.org