Official Site of the Hearing Improvement Kids Endowment Fund, Inc.

Every child deserves the chance to hear and we are here to help! It is our joy to provide hearing devices for children with hearing losses between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. Our application provides additional information and details. We look forward to serving you.

Applications online here! Thank you for your support in fundraising for these worthy children!

Because of generous donations totaling more than $5 MILLION dollars since 1985, we have given over 2,500 children a grant to support their needs for hearing. The HIKE Fund, Inc. was created by Emma Tedrick and Charles Terrill as the philanthropic project of Job’s Daughters International, a girls leadership organization, to give the members a specific and unique charity to which they were able to devote their energies.

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Saying Thank You

We recently received a lovely letter from a HIKE recipient. This is your impact. Your hard work is changing lives for the better! Keep raising money and motivating your Bethel to do what they can to support the HIKE Fund. Thank you!

3 States Have Met Their 10+10 Goals!

The HIKE Fund Board implemented the 10+10 Fundraising Plan this year to get our grantmaking back on track and to avoid the need to press pause on processing grant applications. Utah, Virginia and Washington have met their goals – congratulations and thank you for your hard work!! Funds raised and received by The HIKE Fund to date (10/28/18) total $50,536! We are 25% to our annual goal – so exciting!!

Virginia Job’s Daughters had a huge weekend in Virginia Beach on October 27th where over $28,644 in donations were accounted for. Daughters were inspired to increase the fundraising goal to $33,000 by June 30, 2019. This would be the most the state has ever raised for The HIKE Fund. Daughters solicit for donations from family and friends, and hold projects or dinners at local restaurants to raise money. Mom Pam T and her daughter, Catie, of Bethel 40 recently offered a beautiful quilt for online auction, which garnered $170. Grand Bethel led coin wars competition among the Bethels and brought in $1600+ in coins alone! They also sold event t-shirts (and are still available for $14 – $3 goes back to the HIKE Fund). With everyone pitching in and leading a myriad of opportunities to raise money, Virginia has done very well. Three daughters, Julia (Bethel 1; $7000+), Elizabeth (Bethel 55; $3000), and Sabrina (Bethel 52; $2000+) were the top 3 individual fundraisers in Virginia, collecting together over $12,000! Bethel 1 went home with the BIG trophy for being the top Bethel in the state. The 10+10 goal was very motivating and they hope to meet their new goal! If you’re interested in purchasing an event t-shirt, email Leslie Hoglund for information.

Top 7 states are Missouri, Utah, Ohio, Illinois, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington! Keep up the great work and let’s hit all of the 10+10 goals!

Amazon Smile is offering 5% on each order through Friday, November 2nd! Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and select The HIKE Fund as your designated charity: www.smile.amazon.com.

Keep in mind that #GivingTuesday is coming up on November 27, 2018. It’s the Tuesday that follow the retail chaos of Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday shopping. Here are some ideas and tools to inspire you to lead a campaign on your own social media to help The HIKE Fund meet its goal of $200,000 this year!

 

Three Weeks to a New HIKE Year

This time of year is one of closure and renewal for the HIKE Fund, Inc. On June 16, 2018, Bethel #1 of Council Bluffs, Iowa made a HIKE Award Presentation to Maelee and her family. Maelee is four months old, and had a negative hearing screening at birth. After further testing, it was found that she had moderate to severe hearing loss in both ears and needed bilateral hearing aids. Maelee’s mother Katie states that when the audiologist put in her loaner hearing aids, she could tell immediately that Maelee was able to hear new sounds, and soon began to smile. Katie states she is very appreciative of the HIKE fund and the financial support which has allowed Maelee to have hearing aids.  Her new hearing aids will be pink!

Pictured: Claudia Hauser, Iowa State HIKE Coordinator/VP of The HIKE Fund, Inc.;  Maelee, and her mother Katie; Big Brother, Roman; and Lisa Hauser, Bethel Guardian.

An updated financial document has been posted on our site and we are so proud and excited to have the support these top 5 jurisdictions for total raised and per daughter raised!! Way to go, IA, MD, NE, VA, WI, and MO!!

In Utah, we will celebrate the achievements of 24 Job’s Daughters and 1 Jobie-to-Bee who raised $1000 or more for The HIKE Fund. Our top fundraiser brought in $10,483.50 – WOW!! Half of the impressive young women raised $2,000 or more. We are so proud and thankful for your excellence in supporting the HIKE Fund this year – you literally gave the gift of hearing to over 72 children!!

It was another successful year and we can’t thank you enough for your hard work in fundraising this year! You created a BUZZ and bee-lieved in HIKE!! Stay tuned for new info as Supreme Session gets underway in Utah.

Website Down

You often don’t realize the value of something until it goes down. We encountered a little snafu this week and were greeted with a slow down of our web presence. Good news is that maintenance is productive and things are looking good. We should be back up and running after the Memorial Day holiday. Stay tuned to our Facebook and Twitter and we’ll see you very soon!

Update on HIKE Fund Applications

Effective May 6, 2018, we are currently not taking any new applications due to the availability of funds for grants. The Job’s Daughters are working hard to raise monies so we hope to begin taking new applications in the near future. Stay tuned to our website and social media for updates.

If you’d like to help, please consider making a donation: https://thehikefund.org/donate/.

 

 

Kicking Off 2018 with a BUZZ!

The HIKE Fund, Inc. has had a busy winter presenting awards across the U.S.  Fundraising continues to be strong, and we have a few updates. Our top five fundraising states are Virginia ($17,293.87), Nebraska ($10,758.18), Wisconsin ($10,445.83), Illinois ($8,821.84), and Maryland ($8,703.13). Since 1985, donations total $5,459,757.99 – almost $5.5 million – will you help us hit that goal by Supreme Session in Utah?

January 6 – Ali Blankfeld, Grand Bethel Honored Queen, and Lynette Camerlin, Ohio Miss Congeniality, led a presentation about Ohio Job’s Daughters and HIKE for Ella and her family at Bethel 11, Rocky River.  The family stayed for the installation that followed the presentation, and Ella helped with sunshine collection with another Jobie To Bee!

January 7 – Jeffersonville family gets $3,000 donation needed for 9-year-old’s hearing aids

January 26 – The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi had the honor of presenting to Hunter, from The Hike Fund, Inc. Hunter, age 4, was accompanied by his mother, Megan, and Courtney Turner, Hunter’s Educational Audiologist, had the pleasure of presenting him with his check. “I am so thankful to The Hike Fund for the important work that they do,” said Turner. “They fill a real need in the hearing-impaired community, providing help for those who need it the most, and making these essential hearing devices accessible to all.”

January 29 – Adam received HIKE award for bilateral hearing aids, presented by Dr. Ashlee Vandiver, Au.D. in Maine.

February 3 – Wyoming Job’s Daughters had the honor to present a HIKE award to Loren, a 19 month old boy from Casper.  Loren is using his HIKE award to get a personal FM system. The Wyoming Job’s Daughters were gathered together at the Casper Masonic Temple for Winter Festival, a Masonic Family Fun Weekend.  Loren and his mom, Betsy, were very excited to meet the Daughters, learn about Job’s Daughters International, and enjoy a nice dinner with everyone. Wyoming Job’s Daughters are feeling very motivated after giving two HIKE awards this year!  The Daughters are working hard towards their goal of $10,000 for the year.
February 5 – Indiana Job’s Daughters made a HIKE presentation to 15-year-old Trinity. Trinity and her family are from Crawfordsville, and we partnered with Montgomery Lodge #50 to make the presentation. The Lodge invited the family and the Job’s Daughters to dinner before their state meeting. After enjoying a delicious meal, members of Bethel #107 Brownsburg and Bethel #121 Brazil made the presentation on behalf of HIKE. Trinity’s mother, Pam, expressed her gratitude to Job’s Daughters and HIKE. The funds will be used to cover the cost of new hearing aids for Trinity. Indiana Job’s Daughters would especially like to thank Worshipful Master Greg Thompson and Lodge Secretary John Phillips for allowing us to make the presentation and for their generous hospitality.
 
The HIKE Fund Board of Directors is currently meeting in Las Vegas, and working to improve the efficiency of our application to award process. We care about what you think about our work and are always open to your feedback.