Human Services

VOICEcorps reading service

Audio Access To The World

COLUMBUS, OH   |  www.voicecorps.org

Mission

VOICEcorps enriches lives by reading printed news and information to people who are blind, have low vision, or other conditions that prevent reading.

Ruling year info

1976

Executive Director

Mr. Mark Jividen

Main address

2955 W BROAD ST

COLUMBUS, OH 43204-2647 USA

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Formerly known as

Central Ohio Radio Reading Service

EIN

34-1169085

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Developmentally Disabled Services/Centers (P82)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Reading current print for people living with print-disabling conditions

Volunteers read aloud from current print to people living with blindness, vision impairments or other disabilities preventing use of standard print. The readings are heard on special radios, our webstream, select cable systems and on Amazon Alexa devices. In addition to the live broadcast/webcast, listeners who have the ability to surf the web can select programs from our online archives and hear them on-demand.

Population(s) Served
People with vision impairments
People with disabilities
Budget
$343,500

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Reading current print for people living with print-disabling conditions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our volunteer Ambassadors visit other organizations and groups to share our story and recruit listeners, volunteers and support.

Hours of locally printed content read per week

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Reading current print for people living with print-disabling conditions

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Local news and information is the most difficult to access for people living with print-disabilities. We provide 168 total hours of programming a week. (24/7) This metric tracks localism.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Because of VOICEcorps, the inability to read print will no longer be considered a disability - but only a nuisance which is easily overcome.

Expand our outreach and community awareness efforts to find and serve the 42,000 eligible persons in our area.<br/><br/>Deploy a more robust suite of internet technology solutions for hearing our programming anywhere, anytime.<br/><br/>Retool the system of acquiring print-based materials for reading to be less dependent on paper and more able to read a wider variety of local print news and information.

In 2016 the Board of Directors recognized the need to grow faster and attract more resources to meet these needs. They created, funded, and staffed a new position to lead the efforts of Marketing and Development. A Marketing and Development Department has been created and is working now to raise the support and awareness needed to meet these needs.<br/><br/>The staff and volunteers at VOICEcorps are among the best in the industry. They boast decades of reading service, social service, and broadcast experience. They stay attuned to the needs of the population at risk with regular communication with the audience and by ensuring that eligible persons are employed at VOICEcorps.<br/><br/>VOICEcorps is a 41 year old Columbus area institution. It understands the needs of the audience. It knows the community and available resources and it has more than 200 individuals who provide the vocal talent required to put print-to-voice.

We will track the number of marketing events and impressions made at each. These will provide data for refining our efforts. Resulting listener registrations are also tracked (numbers and demographics) to help ensure we are reaching enough people in all areas where our service can be heard.<br/><br/>Our online pod-casting and on-demand programming will be measured by the progress towards having every program broadcast available as a pod-cast and also by the number of times the programs are access by audience members.<br/><br/>Progress towards converting our source materials systems from paper to digital will be measured through the phases of completion converting master control, production, and all recording studios to the newer digital reading standard.<br/><br/>It is our hope that as a by-product of these changes, VOICEcorps volunteers will be able to read from remote locations with the same quality of recording and timeliness as our current studios now provide. this will enhance the volunteer experience and make possible the recruitment of yet more individuals who wish to read aloud for their neighbors.

In a word, funding. <br/><br/>Until recently, we had to focus our funding efforts on basic operations. With the advent of a Marketing and Development Department, these plans can move from wishful thinking to active planning and finally to completion.

Financials

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VOICEcorps reading service

Board of directors
as of 3/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Fred Rogers

Ernst & Young (ret)


Board co-chair

Ms Marjorie Duffy

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Michael Piccerello

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Ashley Sutor

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Michael Mcgovern

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Keywords

Blindness, radio, reading, literacy, disabilities, disability, information, news, independence