Thursday, December 05, 2013

Hearing aid repair and other news!

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November 2013 Newsletter
Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

Health, Safety, and Productivity
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It's been an interesting month and we have managed to get quite a bit done. Our agency van has been repaired and we are looking for volunteer drivers. Your driving record should be clean for the last 3 years. Please let us know if you are interested. 

I am back to work, after being sick for 2 months there was lots to get caught up on. I do have an amazing team that keeps things going while I am out. Interesting fact is that if you call our main number it goes to me and I answer the phone 24/7 even if I am sick. We do have clients that call at 3 am.

Now with the money we didn't make at Tiller Days, (There was a horrible wind storm and the police shut down the 3 day event Friday night and all day Saturday. We were allowed to open on Sunday but Saturday is usually the best day.) we lost about $1,000 dollars in revenue. Then we spent $1,000 getting the van repaired. We operate on a budget of $20,000 a year so this really hurt us. We have to raise the money to cover this and hopefully more. We are launching the end of year Holiday funding drive. What's really cool about this year is we are using a new platform that allows you to create your own fundraising page and see how much you have raised as an individual. Check it out on Crowdrise here. And please donate what you can :)


If you know any one that uses hearing aids please share the info below, it could save them a lot of money.

Thank you for your continued support.

Always at your service,
Beth Koenig
Executive Director
Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

DON’T THROW OUT THAT OLD HEARING AID! ALL HEARING AIDS REPAIRED. Many hearing aid dispensers are reluctant to repair older hearing aids, preferring to sell newer, more sophisticated technology. However, almost ALL hearing aids can be repaired and restored to their original factory condition. The total cost for the repair of any hearing aid with a six month guaranty is $225.00. A container especially designed for mailing hearing aids is available on request. Call, write or email Hal Fishbein 1050 Rexford C Boca Raton, FL 33434 561.470.2337.   ASL (American Sign Language) calls are welcome. Please mail check with your hearing aid. If you send two hearing aids, please make the check in the amount of $450.00.
 
They also have some used super power Oticon behind-the-ear hearing aids available in perfect condition for five hundred dollars ($500) with a one year guaranty. Brand new power behind-the-ear hearing aids are available for one thousand dollars ($1000) with a one year guaranty.

We still need lots of help in the office. We are a bilingual office using both English and ASL. You don't need to know sign language to help us but we would like you to know how to type at least 10 WPM. We really need help typing things and working on the grants. We have a lot of other things to do too and I hope to be able to post a list of our special projects soon.
We need old cellphones! Please gather up the old cellphone and printer carriages and send them our way. Reply to this email for more info.

We are doing our annual Bowl-a-thon again at Tustin Lanes March 22nd, 2014 from 12pm to 5pm.  If you are interested in sponsoring a bowler or a lane, or would like to donate door prize or raffle items please reply to this message. We are looking for sponsors now and I should be able to get the website up for this event soon! As always we need volunteers to help with the planning. You don't have to know sign language to help us!

Our free fingerspelling workshops have been a success! Please contact Bobbyat  bobby.fleener@deafadvocacy.org or check the website atwww.deafadvocacy.org for more info.

Please consider supporting us on Good Search, they have a lot of programs and the interface is much better than I give. I have even been using their firefox plug in for the last two days and it really doesn't get in my way. Plus they made it really easy to uninstall. You don't have to get the plug in or tool bar to help, Just go to the website, sign in (I used Facebook) and search for the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center to support. You can also do that from our page on Good Search: http://www.goodsearch.com/nonprofit/orange-county-deaf-advocacy-center.aspx
Please let us know what you think, we really like feedback. You may reply directly to this email.

Thanks for reading :)

Beth Koenig
Executive Director
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Tel: (714) 699-3323
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Email: admin@deafadvcacy.org

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Important updates for September 2013

IMPORTANT NEWSWIRES FOR EVERYONE!

September 12th, 2013

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We had a successful year at the Orange County Fair! We gave out over 1100 of our customized sign language booklets over the 23 day of the fair! We met new friends and caught up with old. We are now in the process of going through the requests that we collected and putting together the info about the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch project. We are moving forward at an incredible speed. We do need to raise funds and if you have any money you can donate to help us move forward then that's great! We would love you to donate money, If you don't have money and still want to help I have great news! There are many other ways to help us.
  • We collect things! ink cartridges, toner cartridges, cell phones, digital cameras, gps, and Cambel"s Labels for Education. You can go around to your friends, family, and bushiness and collect these things for us.
  • Donate items: We take computers, cars, clothes, and many other items.
  • Use GoodSearch to benefit the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center, just go to http://www.goodsearch.com and when it asks which charity you want to support type in Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center. The Firefox plugin works really well and I have raised over $1 using it for only some of my searches.
Want to know more? Reply to this email with your questions.
    Now for some important messages from our Vice President:

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    Hi {FIRST_NAME|Valued Supporter},

    Ever since Beth has been illness for the past week and she has been in and out of her “Sleep Mode” and having few trips to hospital. She says she having severe flu and some says it’s “Valley Fever”. I have been taking over on her Behalf and it really getting me worn down because no one helping us!

    We all need to learn to work together as a “Team”. I have not been selling Oktoberfest since heat waves started. I MUST go back out to sell these tickets this weekend to keep fundraising going.

    We had good sales from our eBay store lately. 2 days ago we sold 4 single code wireless doorbells in 1 buyer which it is well over $220!

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    Now let’s talk about our trailer. I went over to care center where our trailer is parked at and spoke to the administrator, Jon, he was nice enough to understanding our issues, my letter to him and Beth’s health issues. He said we have until end of October. If our trailer still there after end of October and he will towed it.

    Nita came by yesterday and she may have found a place for our trailer which it is bit further down on Washington Ave and it is easy for Sharky to and from to work on it. She said she will call Beth about it. However, Beth can’t talk due to fever, if Nita can call that place and let me know. I will be here most of the day today AND tomorrow.

    I would love to have it move the trailer tomorrow by 5 pm, Tawna who our driver maybe stopping by tomorrow. We will see.

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    Now let talk about that we need volunteer for September 28 event. On August 31, Beth email to all volunteers in our Volunteers Groups newsletter. Beth need a driver who have Valid California DMV issue driver’s license, with clean driver’s record and criminal background who are be willing to be put on the agency vehicle insurance policy who can take Beth, Sharky and Robert to the deaf events and also we need driver with lots of space to move her stuff and arrangement for our Garage #5 to make some room in our garage. The largest item is a love seat couch. We would want to do this on a cooler day.

    For arrangement with this, please email directly to Beth at:

    admin@deafadvocacy.org

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    Now let’s talk about Tiller Days which it is coming soon, We need to make a list of what we need for our 3 days food booth operational which it will be start on October 4th to October 6th.

    What we are in needing of Hot dogs with buns, Nachos chips and 5 more cans of nachos cheese and chili, few bags of potatoes, donuts supplies with strawberry/mint sauce, lots of case of sodas (can) and water, bagged of chips, 2 tube of Folgers/Yuba coffee with packages of sugar, sweet n low with 10 oz of coffee cups with lids, creamer, stir sticks. I have my own coffee maker for this.

    We are looking for someone who can donate this to us and we have freezer for this, but we need to ask that the buns and chip to be arrive to us few days before Tillers Days start so it can stay fresh.

    Also we are looking for volunteer to drive to and from of our trailer and we also need volunteers to work with us to run this booth.

    If you have question or willing to help us out, please email directly to me at: bobby.fleener@deafadvocacy.org and I will make sure everything it stocked and scheduled it.

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    Let talk about my French street office. I need 2 or 3 volunteers to work with me in my office on Monday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm to organize our office closet and/or our eBay warehouse.

    I also needing 2 volunteer to help us to do fundraising, I have lots of stuff here needs to sell to raise money.

    If you are willing to help me on this, please email directly to me.

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    If you have ANY question, please do feel free to contact me.

    Thank you!

    Bobby Fleener
    Vice President / Manager
    http://www.deafadvocacy.org
    Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center
    1001 N. French St., #8
    Santa Ana, CA 92701
    (714) 782-0721
    (714) 584-4394 (Text Only)
    (714) 975-8968 VP
    Tel: (714) 699-3323
    Fax: (949) 955-0054
    Email: admin@deafadvocacy.org

    Friday, August 09, 2013

    The Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch

    A self sustainable residential and training center for those with auditory and visual sensory disabilities run by the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center.

    Named after our late founder Richard P. Roehm, the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch will provide the next level of services neccessary in the sensory impaired community (including those with auditory and visual impairments, as well as sensory processing disorder often found in thise with autism).

    Too often, people with sensory disabilities are turned away from programs that might help them, or worse, there are no programs that can meet their needs. There is a true need for programs and services aimed at the sensory impaired population.

    This project involves a $5 million capital campaign, to purchase a ranch and / or farm land in Orange County, to provide temporary / long term housing and extensive rehabilitation training to clients in a therapeutic environment.

    If you are interested in learning more about the Richard Roehm Memorial Ranch or contributing to the Memorial Fund, please contact us!

    Thank you,
    Beth Koenig
    Executive Director
    Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center
    (714) 699-3323 (voice / text)
    admin@deafadvocacy.org
    www.deafadvocacy.org

    Tuesday, August 06, 2013

    Last week of OC Fair!

    The last week of the OC Fair kicks off tomorrow! Wow, this has been an amazing time for the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center! We have been having a blast at the fair and have made well over 600 of our customized sign language booklets! We have met so many people and seen a huge interest in our sign language classes and volunteering. Our incredible volunteers have really stepped up and thanks to our procedures I have only had two asthma attacks and only one of them needed treatment! I should add that I have been at the booth almost every day. It is truly incredible how far OCDAC has come since February. I can't thank our volunteers and supporters enough, they have been so wonderful. We can and will keep this up and bring OCDAC into a new era of providing more services to the sensory impaired communities. That's right, we have rewritten our mission statement and our new brochure now states that we serve people with auditory, visual, and sensory processing impairments. Our services remain the same high quality, but we now make it clear who we are equipped to help. We have been serving the blind population since 2002! And the autistic population since 2003!

    I will try to get the fair photos and videos posted as soon as I can! In the mean time please come visit our booth during the last week of the Fair! Hope to see you there :)

    Beth Koenig
    Executive Director
    Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

    Monday, July 15, 2013

    OC Fair 2013 Day 1

    We had a great opening day at the fair. Here is a little introductory video I made.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yc-xpDLvxzQ

    You have to go to YouTube to view the captions.



    Sunday, July 07, 2013

    July 2013 Newsletter: O C Fair and other News!



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    July 2013 Newsletter
    Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center

    Health, Safety, and Productivity
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    Well, it's that time of the year again! It's Fair time! We are gearing up for our biggiest education event of the year. 23 days of showing people who we are, what we do, and hopefully how we do it! Over the course of the 5 weeks it's going on we will pass out brochures, sign people up for this newsletter, and take a lot of requests for information. There are a lot of people out there that need help and don't even know that it is available!

    Now since we need to staff the booth at all times that the Fair is open we need help to do that. If you are in the Orange County (California) area and think you can help at our booth please contact us by emailing admin@deafadvocacy.org. You will get a 3 to 4 hour shift and free admission and parking! That means when you come to help out you can enjoy the fair before and after your shift!

    We are having a scheduling meeting at 2pm on Friday, July 5th at our office:
    1001 N French Street #8
    Santa Ana, CA 92701

    Please stop by and get your name on the scedule in person, you will also be able to see the maps and pick up your passes.

    In other news we still need lots of help in the office. We are a bilingual office using both English and ASL. You don't need to know sign language to help us but we would like you to know how to type at least 10 WPM. We really need help typing things and working on the grants. We have a lot of other things to do too and I hope to be able to post a list of our special projects soon.
    We need old cellphones! Please gather up the old cellphone and printer carriages and send them our way. Reply to this email for more info.

    We are doing our annual Bowl-a-thon again at Tustin Lanes in March of 2014, date TBA.  If you are interested in sponsoring a bowler or a lane, or would like to donate door prize or raffle items please reply to this message. We are looking for sponsors now and I should be able to get the website up for this event by next month! As always we need volunteers to help with the planning. You don't have to know sign language to help us!

    Our free fingerspelling workshops have been a success! Please contact Bobby at  bobby.fleener@deafadvocacy.org or check the website at www.deafadvocacy.org for more info.

    Please consider supporting us on Good Search, they have a lot of programs and the interface is much better than I give. I have even been using their firefox plug in for the last two days and it really doesn't get in my way. Plus they made it really easy to uninstall. You don't have to get the plug in or tool bar to help, Just go to the website, sign in (I used Facebook) and search for the Orange County Deaf Advocacy Center to support. You can also do that from our page on Good Search: http://www.goodsearch.com/nonprofit/orange-county-deaf-advocacy-center.aspx
    Please let us know what you think, we really like feedback. You may reply directly to this email.

    Thanks for reading :)

    Beth Koenig
    Executive Director
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    We plan to put more videos on our new YouTube channel and have them captioned, so if you like to transcribe stuff or always wanted to caption stuff this is a great time to volunteer!

    We post the latest news on our Facebook page. There you can find news from around the world as well as the latest info about what is happening at OCDAC.
    Tel: (714) 699-3323
    Fax: (949) 955-0054
    Email: admin@deafadvcacy.org

    Saturday, June 22, 2013

    Room for Rent



    Room for Rent
    Near Downtown Santa Ana in French Historic Area
    Large room with walk in closet
    Share Bathroom/Kitchen with 2 blind/deaf-blind men
    Onsite laundry
    Secured complex, friendly neighbors of 18 unit Condo
    $400 per month – 1 person or $600 per month for couple plus security deposit
    On street parking only (No parking on Tuesday 11:30 am – 3:30 pm for street sweeping)
    Contact Bobby at bobby.fleener@deafadvocacy.org for more information or set appointment for viewing the room.











    Monday, June 17, 2013

    Raise PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) Awareness



    [Editors Note: These resources were developed for War Veterans but anyone can be effected by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). It's important to learn what it is and how you can help others or seek treatment if you have it.]

    June is PTSD Awareness Month and we invite you to get involved in spreading the word about PTSD treatment and recovery. Everyone needs to know that PTSD treatment can help.

    You can visit www.ptsd.va.gov throughout June for resources, links, and stories about PTSD, for the public and professionals. Every week will focus on a new topic so you can
    take the step to:
    ·         Know more about PTSD
    ·         Challenge your beliefs
    ·         Explore the options
    ·         Reach out. Make a difference

    Each year, the VA's National Center for PTSD joins with organizations and individuals across the country to mark June as PTSD Awareness Month. We are helping too. Join us.

    How can you take the step to get involved? Set up an information table and make materials on PTSD available to the public. Share social media posts about PTSD. You could even gather a group to learn about PTSD using a book or online learning module. Visit www.ptsd.va.gov for resources and suggestions.