You can change the life of a child and her family!

CID is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families. We rely heavily on donors to support our world-renowned school where deaf children learn to listen, talk, read and succeed in a predominantly hearing world.  Your gifts to CID bring the world to children who otherwise may have limited opportunities to communicate, learn, interact and achieve.

Ongoing Needs

  • general operating costs (not covered by tuition)
  • scholarships
  • school art and music programs
  • literacy program
  • after school enrichment activities
  • extended school year program
  • on-site pediatric audiology
  • professional development, in-services and consultation
  • curricula and course development
  • general education transition assistance
  • professional development activities for CID staff

In a given year, CID serves approximately 200 families. Thanks to you, we’re able to turn away no school candidate with hearing loss for financial reasons.

CID students graduate with the skills necessary to attend schools with hearing children in their own local elementary, middle and high schools, where they typically do well both academically and socially. Most go to college and many pursue professional careers. Meet some CID graduates.

Most families of CID school children receive significant tuition assistance. All benefit from the continued generosity of our many friends in the St. Louis community, across the country and around the world.

Thank you for your support!



    Use our secure, online donation form to support CID

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    Join CID’s individual annual giving program with a gift of $1,914 or more



    Give to honor your loved one or to celebrate a special occasion


    Visit our online resource for charitable gift planning


    Donate to honor or memorialize special friends and family members


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CID welcomes secure online donations. Our organization maintains a strong commitment to keeping our donors’ personal information in the strictest confidence. Review our privacy policy.

You may also make a credit card donation by phone through the development office at CID at 314.977.0220. Or write a check payable to Central Institute for the Deaf and send it to ATTN: Development, Central Institute for the Deaf, 825 S. Taylor Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110. We’re particularly grateful to CID sponsors who contribute $1,000 or more every year for current program support. For information about our new giving program, the CID 1914 Society, contact Ann Holmes at 314.977.0159.

We thank you for your interest and your support of the children and families who depend on CID. Please feel free to schedule a tour to see first-hand the amazing impact your contribution makes on the lives of the children and families we serve.

Please consider CID when making your will and estate plans. Click here for more information. View our current list of Legacy Society members here.



Volunteer in our school.

We typically welcome volunteers to help with school activities and programs and with general office work.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these volunteer opportunities have been suspended through the fall semester. Please check back periodically for updates.

If you’re interested in volunteering at CID for the spring semester of 2021, please complete a Volunteer Application and submit it via e-mail to Donita Gibbs, or print and mail to:

Donita Gibbs
CID – Central Institute for the Deaf
825 S. Taylor Ave.
Saint Louis, MO 63110

Volunteers serve as role models for our students. We encourage applicants of all backgrounds to apply, including those who are deaf and hard of hearing who use spoken language.

If you have questions about volunteering at CID, call Donita at 314.977.0130.

Help out at a CID event.

Volunteers have dedicated countless hours to CID’s success. We love it when volunteers provide much-needed help with our annual events, including the annual Young Professionals Trivia Night and CID OUT LOUD! gala.

NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CID’s 2020-2021 annual in-person events have been canceled. Please check back periodically for updates.

If you have questions about volunteering to help at a future CID event, please contact Lisa Sutkus.