Why Donate To DeafLEAD?

The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics’ 2017 National Census of Victim Service Providers counted 12,196 victim service providers. DeaflEAD is an organization with a specialty in serving Deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, and late-deafened victims of crime, and the only organization to provide those supports on a statewide basis. That’s less than 0.3 percent of the total of victim service providers nationally.

We also launched the first 24/7/365 national emotional distress VP hotline for Deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, and late-deafened community members. Additionally, we run the Missouri Crisis Line where hearing callers can receive free 24/7/365 crisis support.

With budget cuts to state and federal grants that fund our direct services for the communities, we need your support more than ever. Here at DeafLEAD, your generous donation goes a long way. You will receive donation receipts for tax write offs, and we are grateful for any amount you can give.

Volunteer at Our Crisis Lines

We are looking for hearing volunteers to support the Missouri Crisis Line for phone callers/texters and ASL-fluent volunteers to support the VP Crisis Line for Deaf individuals. Volunteers commit to working the crisis line at least one 3- hour shift a week and one overnight shift each month. You must first complete our in-house 49-hour training prior to serving on the crisis lines.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact DeafLEAD for more information on the application process and the next available training.
Intern at DeafLEAD

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student and interested in interning at DeafLEAD? We have ongoing opportunities!

We are able to accept a few interns at a time and place them within our agency according to their specific educational goals. In the past, we have offered positions to ASL interpreting program graduates, as well as students interested in social work, counseling, or public health as it relates to the Deaf, hard of hearing, DeafBlind, and late-deafened communities.

To learn more about these volunteer internships, contact our office.

A brief thank you
message for our donors: 

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Your donation is very appreciated. We
could not continue to provide the services we do without you and your generous
gift. We are so grateful to work alongside and with the support of giving and
servant-minded people like yourself. We look forward to paying it forward this
coming year. From all of here at DeafLEAD, thank you again from the bottom of
our hearts!

Why does your organization
deserve community financial support?

DeafLEAD was created to determine and facilitate meeting the needs of
the Deaf communities in Missouri. For 28 years we have be able to be there for
our clients because our community has been there for us. Daily, we have
advocates, social workers, and crisis counselors making Mid-Missouri a safer
and more inclusive place to live and empowering our Deaf neighbors to continue
to call this area home.

What would $50 or $100
mean to your organization? 
Contributions in ANY amount to DeafLEAD can be lifesaving for Deaf
victims attempting to leave an abusive environment. $50 can mean a tank of gas.
$100 can mean a bus ticket to a safer place or a motel stay while
action-planning next steps. All DeafLEAD’s services are free to the
individuals we serve. So, money from our Victims Services fund goes towards
meeting these safety needs of our clients.

Donate Today!