Learning Center For Deaf & Spark Kindness Find Impact & Value in Collaboration

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FRAMINGHAM – The Learning Center for the Deaf is proud to have a growing partnership with Natick-based SPARK Kindness. The grassroots nonprofit provides free services and programs for families to inspire  kindness and courage in creating positive change.

What began as a volunteer opportunity for the Center’s interpreting department to support a SPARK storytelling event has developed into a rich and inspiring partnership which aligns the missions of both organizations: inclusivity, equity and a culture where all are welcome.

Over the past year, the Center has provided interpreting services for many of SPARK’s virtual workshops, which cover a variety of topics to support families, including resiliency, bullying behaviors, anxiety, anti-racism, and parenting during COVID. 

SPARK Founder Christine Guthery said offering interpreting services for its programs was a simple decision, given the “mission-alignment” of both organizations.

“We have seen such tremendous feedback from our program attendees who really appreciate access to interpreting services. It makes our programs that much more inclusive in so many ways,” Guthery said.

TLC Interpreter Crista Lambert recognized SPARK’s impact early on, after having volunteered to interpret a book reading. “Christine’s passion for outreach and accessibility inspired me; it was an instant connection. SPARK has had a profound impact on me as a mom, as a Natick resident and on my family,” Lambert said.

SPARK’s programs are free and open to all. SPARK currently supports welcoming program attendees from across MetroWest, Boston and beyond.

To learn more, visit https://www.sparkkindness.org/

To learn more about The Learning Center for the Deaf Interpreting Services, visit: https://www.tlcdeaf.org/interpreting

A Zoom screenshot from a recent SPARK Kindness virtual workshop featuring ASL interpreter Michael Herschberg from The Learning Center for the Deaf Interpreting Department

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