We truly value and believe in helping people hear and live better.

Since 2002, with the help of Audigy Venture Group, we have fit over 2,300 hearing aids in 22 trips as a part of the Rotary Club’s 3H Program — our youngest patient being 6 months old and the oldest 92 years old. The three H’s stand for Hearing, hands, and H2O, and the program provides hearing aids, water, and prosthetic hands to people in the Dominican Republic. Our work is rewarding and tireless, but it is worth it to not only offer better hearing, but also better lives.

In addition, we will continue to provide solar rechargeable technology for recharging hearing aid batteries. This technology will reduce the operation expense for hearing aid users and make hearing affordable and the project sustainable.

Every trip has been a wonderful opportunity for all of us to give these children and adults the gift of hearing and a chance for a better life. We wish to thank Portland Rotary, Audigy AVG, and Resound for their recent hearing aid contributions and Oaktree Products and Global Biotechnologies for donations of supplies and to all those individuals who donated cash, used hearing aids, and cell phones.

 

Donate Your Cell Phone

On average, Americans replace their cell phones every 12 months. Over 65 million cellular phones are stockpiled in U.S. households creating 30,000 tons of potentially hazardous waste. By 2005, an estimated 130 million cellular phones will be discarded annually in the U.S. alone.

 

Reduce pollution

Cell phones contain toxic substances including arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc which leach into soil and groundwater from landfills and from highly toxic dioxins & furans during incineration.

These toxins have been associated with cancer and a range of reproductive neurological and developmental disorders. The cadmium from a single phone is capable of polluting 158,200 gallons (ca. 599 cubic meters) of water. (That’s 2.4 million 8-ounce sodas!)

Some cell phones can be refurbished and resold and when that happens, Portland Rotary uses those funds to purchase hearing aids, solar battery chargers and batteries for the hearing impaired people in the Dominican Republic.

Cell phones contain toxic substances including arsenic, antimony, beryllium, cadmium, copper, lead, nickel and zinc which leach into soil and groundwater from landfills and from highly toxic dioxins & furans during incineration.

These toxins have been associated with cancer and a range of reproductive neurological and developmental disorders. The cadmium from a single phone is capable of polluting 158,200 gallons (ca. 599 cubic meters) of water. (That’s 2.4 million 8-ounce sodas!)

Some cell phones can be refurbished and resold and when that happens, Portland Rotary uses those funds to purchase hearing aids, solar battery chargers and batteries for the hearing impaired people in the Dominican Republic.