The St. Cloud Area Sertoma Club is like other service organizations, in that we exist basically for TWO reasons:
- To gather regularly with other members of the club for fellowship and social interaction
- To serve our community through the donation of our time and the resources we raise through various fundraising efforts
We have several charitable causes to which we regularly contribute. Camp Sertoma is a week long event for deaf kids at Camp Confidence in the Brainerd/Baxter area. Through our Hearing Aid Bank we help financially challenged individuals who are in need hearing aid hardware. We sponsor an annual scholarship to aid students in St. Cloud State University’s Communication Sciences and Disorders department, which is affiliated with our club. We support the “Project for the People of Paraguay,” which helps improve the lives of so many people in that South American Country. And we offer the chance for District 742 elementary students to write essays and possibly win prize money as part of our annual “Freedom Week” program, which celebrates the many benefits we all realize from being American citizens.
We also make frequent contributions to local non-profits such as the Salvation Army, Catholic Charities and others. Our board of directors meets monthly and reviews all requests we receive for financial assistance. We often will contribute to individuals in need, with our emphasis first and foremost going toward kids and adults experiencing speech and hearing difficulties and efforts to enhance American patriotism.
Our club also provides “sweat equity” through various annual and one-time projects. We are a part of the “Adopt a Highway” program, as twice a year we clean up a stretch of Country Road 136 south of Oak Hill School. We’ve helped put up holiday decorations at the Quiet Oaks Hospice House. Our club has donated time and money to the Miracle League program in St. Cloud. We’ve regularly rungs bells for the Salvation Army, and we’ve hit the lanes for the Big Brothers Big Sister “Bowl for Kids Sake” event.
We also offer individuals and groups the opportunity to speak to our club and to share their stories during our weekly club luncheon meetings at the St. Cloud Holiday Inn. If you’d like the chance to do that feel free to reach out to us through the “Contact” page on this website.