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Don't holiday shop online until you read this!

When you shop this holiday season, consider using Amazon Smile, or iGive to leverage gifts to Voicecorps from the stores/items you buy online!

iGive LogoThis link takes you to the iGive website and selects Voicecorps as the charity you leverage gifts to, when you shop online.  This costs you, the shopper, nothing.  Would you pass this link along to your family and ask them to use iGive to help us read aloud for Ohio’s population of blind residents and others whose disability prevents them from using print?  Thank you!

www.iGive.com/VoiceCorps

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Another shopping tool is using Amazon's "Smile" program. Simply visit smile.amazon.com and follow the prompts. AmazonSmile is a simple way for you to support Voicecorps every time you shop Amazon, at no cost to you. AmazonSmile is available at smile.amazon.com on your web browser and can be activated in the Amazon Shopping app for iOS and Android phones. When you shop at AmazonSmile, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added benefit that AmazonSmile will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Voicecorps!

On your first visit to smile.amazon.com, you need to select Voicecorps to receive donations before you begin shopping. Amazon will remember your selection, and then every eligible purchase you make through AmazonSmile will result in a donation! AmazonSmile will occasionally contact you about donation amounts disbursed to Voicecorps or about the AmazonSmile program.

You'll be helping us to read aloud all year long for eligible people in more than 40 Counties of Ohio, from Toledo to columbus to Athens and Cambridge.  Thank you, and stay safe this holiday season!

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We could not have succeeded without you

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Dear Friends,

Thank you. We’ve heard about some of the challenges that you, our dedicated volunteers and donors have gone through this year. We’ve had some of our own so we can say with sincerity and empathy that we greatly appreciate your support, volunteer hours, and good will.

Several times during 2020, we sent out a call for help. You came through in ways we never imagined. When we needed to drastically change how programs are created, the volunteer corps seemed to pivot on a dime, recording from home in basements, spare rooms, and the living room couch. (We have your selfies to prove it!)

When our only special event of the year, the David Liebchen Memorial Golf Outing, was endangered by COVID-19, the planning team got creative and adapted the way we fielded players and saved the online auction in the process.

Our staff has been doing yeoman duty too. Working in a nearly empty station, recording when volunteers couldn’t be available, implementing new software and systems, teaching volunteers how to use that software, and keeping our signals on-the-air took an amazing amount of dedication.

Here’s the best news of the year. The Voicecorps audience never went without a daily newspaper, weekly grocery ad, or missed an update on COVID-19. That’s right, so far as the audience was concerned, Voicecorps was solidly performing its mission through what is, without a doubt, the worst period of time in our organization’s history.

You were a part of this amazing success. If you have not already given yourself a pat on the back, you should. (We’d give you one, but social distancing rules still apply.) The virus isn’t beaten yet, but we know that like all big changes in life, there is a beginning, a middle, and an end. COVID-19’s end is coming.

Voicecorps is looking forward to an eventual resumption of in-studio readings and recordings. We look forward to being able to meet with our referring partners in person to find more people who need your help. And, we look forward to being able to complete the building of the Voicecorps Reading Network in Toledo, Lima, Athens and Cambridge.

There are literally thousands of Ohioans who still need you… who need Voicecorps reading service. With a team like you, we know that help is sure to arrive. Thank you. Have a happy, safe, and healthy new year.