Helena Schmitt — Volunteer
A native of New Jersey, Helena received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Library Science in 1971 from Gallaudet University and a Masters of Arts degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland in 1975. She retired as a data management specialist with the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration.
Helena’s retirement has been a big boon for the Deaf community. Well known for years, inside and outside of the metro Washington D.C. area, as a generous volunteer, there is literally a line of organizations eager for a piece of her time. A whiz on the computer, Helena is also extremely well organized, detailed, and possesses excellent cognitive skills.
As a loyal Gallaudet alumna, Helena has been involved with several projects or activities sponsored by Gallaudet University and the Gallaudet University Alumni Association. In 1975, she served as secretary of the GUAA D.C. Chapter and assisted with registration logistics for the 1982 and 1995 GUAA Reunions. Since 1993, she has been the editor of the bi-annual Class of 1971 Newsletter and is presently a member of the Class of 1971 Scholarship Fund Committee. She served as a Trailblazer for the 1997 Alumni Annual Fund and presently volunteers one day a week for the Office of Alumni Relations.
In addition to supporting programs sponsored by Gallaudet and the GUAA, Helena has served in various voluntary capacities, ranging from committee member, coordinator, chairperson, logistics assistant, editor, and typist, for special-interest organizations such as the National Association of the Deaf, the Dee Cee Eyes publication, the Washington Society of Jewish Deaf, the National Congress of Jewish Deaf, the Phi Kappa Zeta Sorority of Gallaudet University, the Maryland Association of the Deaf, and the American Association of the Deaf-Blind.
Warm and friendly, Helena does not limit herself to behind-the-scenes work. She has given several presentations related to Deaf Awareness and support service. She is especially noted for her presentation on the “Arts and Holocaust” based on her research for the “In Der Nacht” program at Gallaudet University.