DeafLEAD is a non-profit organization that is funded by federal and state grants along with generous donors. There are multiple ways you can assist DeafLEAD in their mission to continuously provide quality services to Deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and DeafBlind individuals and their families.
DeafLEAD supports 24-hour crisis line services that are accessible to hearing and Deaf individuals. Volunteers commit to working on the crisis line at least one 3-hour shift a week and one over-night shift a month.
A 49-hour training is required, before serving on the crisis lines. The training is provided in-house. We are looking for hearing individuals to support the Missouri Crisis Line/Texting service and ASL-fluent individuals to support the Videophone crisis line for Deaf individuals. If you are interested in volunteering as a crisis line advocate, contact DeafLEAD for more information about the next training and applications.
All monetary donations support the services we provide to the Deaf and hard of hearing communities. Donations may go directly to support a specific program or the agency as a whole. A donation receipt will be provided for all contributions that can be utilized for tax deductions. Thank you for all donations of any amount.
DeafLEAD also participates in the AmazonSmile program. By visiting the AmazonSmile webpage, and selecting DeafLEAD, Amazon will donate a small portion of every transaction you make to our agency.
There are ongoing opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to immerse themselves in the daily activities of DeafLEAD.
We are able to support a few interns at a time and place them within the agency according to their specific educational goals. In the past, we have offered positions to ASL interpreting graduates, as well as students interested in social work, counseling, or public health as it relates to the Deaf community. If interested in learning more about these volunteer internships, contact the office.