One of the nine official goals of FBLA is to "encourage members in the development of individual projects which contribute to the improvement of home, business and community." Service is also the first of three words on the official FBLA crest.
Inglemoor FBLA is committed to planning and completing at least one community service project every year that involves our entire chapter and serves the greater Seattle or Kenmore area.
Show Some Love for Seattle Children’s Hospital Walk-a-Thon
For our 2017-18 Community Service Project, we hosted a Walk-a-Thon to raise money for the Seattle Children's Hospital Uncompensated Care Fund. On February 10th, 2018, Inglemoor FBLA members and other participants walked/jogged laps around the Inglemoor High School track to raise money from sponsors that participants garnered prior to the Walk-a-Thon. Members also actively collected donations from non-sponsor community members to contribute to the fundraiser.
Through the Walk-a-Thon, Inglemoor FBLA raised and donated over $500 for the Uncompensated Care Fund, which contributed to the Fund's mission to ensure that families can afford insurance and other costs in health emergencies for their children.
VocaliD: Humanizing Custom Digital Voices
For our 2016-17 community service project, Inglemoor FBLA partnered with VocaliD.co to support their mission to humanize the voice inside any device that speaks. Millions of people around the world suffer from diseases like ALS, cerebral palsy, MS, or other neurodegenerative conditions that impair their speech, and those who live with voicelessness often have to use text-to-speech devices to communicate.
However, thousands of computer-generated speech devices given to these patients use very similar voices, regardless of the patient's age, gender, or characteristics of their original voice. Voice is an essential part of individual identity, and VocaliD believes that digital voices can evolve with the help of crowdsourced voice donations.
Over the course of March 8-10, Inglemoor FBLA students donated over 100 hours of their voices to a worldwide voice bank of recordings, which will be used by VocaliD to create custom digital voices for patients suffering with voicelessness.