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

We have discontinued accepting applications as of May 10, 2021 due to limited funding. We will evaluate funding and hope to reopen applications again soon. 

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.

Thank you for your support in fundraising for these worthy children!

Because of generous donations totaling almost $6 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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Applications Outpace Funding

Dear HIKE Fund,

My name is Amber. I am the parent of Aidan. Aidan was a recent recipient of funds for new hearing aids. My husband and I cannot send enough thanks to show our gratitude for this opportunity for Aidan.  After receiving his hearing aids he could not stop singing. He is not our singer or musician in any way, but he loved the sound of his voice. These new hearing aids have made everything so much more clear for Aidan. They are much more discreet which is relieves the pressure of others noticing them and asking questions or poking fun about. I am excited to see how his education will be impacted as he enters high school and can use his new aids in new ways.  Thank you once again from our family.

From Aidan: Thank you for paying for my new hearing aids. I really like that they are less noticeable and more clear. I also like that I am able to use bluetooth technology to help me hear my videos for class or a movie I’m watching. I am an eighth grader going to high school and I’m glad that they are harder for others to see. 

Sincerely,

Amber and Aidan


As of May 10, 2021, The HIKE Fund Board of Directors has discontinued accepting applications due to limited funding. We are working hard to raise money to meet the application requests. We do not have backup funds and we are funding approximately 10 applications per month. This is equivalent to $50,000 per month. COVID-19 has impeded the progress of so many nonprofit organizations like ours. We will continue to evaluate our status to fund applications over the next few months and hope reopen accepting applications by the fall.

7 Ways to Support The HIKE FUND RIGHT NOW

Click on the hyperlinks below and check out these opportunities below. Take part in bringing the gift of hearing to eligible children across the nation!

  1. HIKEing into the Future Charity GoFundMe.
  2. Do a virtual 5K: DANCE WITH THE DRAGONFLY 5K (REGISTRATION CLOSES JULY 30TH)
  3. Make a donation via PayPal – make sure to designate the donation to a member of Job’s Daughters!
  4. Mail a donation into the office and include a donation form: HIKE Secretary, 530 Elliott St., Council Bluffs, IA 51503-0202.
  5. Support The HIKE Fund while you shop on Amazon!
  6. Buy some cookies from Laura Jo’s Cookies for Kids and select The HIKE Fund as your fundraiser.
  7. Host an event – virtual or in-person – to raise funds. Some groups are hosting paint parties or talent shows with a dinner. Anything to bring people together and fundraise together will help.

Thank you for being an amazing and incomparable supporters and friends of The HIKE Fund!!

A Letter from a HIKE Fund Family

Hello and Good morning!

I wanted to give you an update that Amelia received her brand new hearing aids and is absolutely loving them! We had no idea what a difference the newer technology would make- Amelia has said that she can hear so much more now and we have noticed her talking so much more and being so much more clear in her speech. It’s crazy because the change was almost overnight since having her new aids! We were able to get two FM type systems with them, the Roger Partner Mic and Roger Select (both pictured in attached image) and holy cow!! Amelia loves them! We can wear either of them around the house, outside, at the park, in the car and she absolutely loves that she can hear us more. Christine forgot to put on the partner mic the other day when going out to run an errand with Amelia and had to return home because 2 minutes into the car drive Amelia mentioned that she could not hear Mama well and asked why? Christine realized she forgot to put on the partner mic and returned home to grab it. 

There are so many other little moments as well, such as when we played a family game the other night laying on the carpet. Amelia loved being able to put the Roger Select on the floor in the middle of all of us so that she could hear us better. One of the biggest things for her is TV time. We don’t let her have much TV time at her age, but the little she does have, or when we watch a family movie has been amazing and I’m sure life changing in her little world. I was able to connect the Roger Select to the TV ( a cool function it comes with!) and it plays the TV sound directly into Amelia’s hearing aids through the bluetooth capability! I wish you could have seen this little girls face when she experienced some  of her favorite Disney songs (Let It Go, from Frozen) for the first time with her new Hearing Aids. She was literally welling up with tears of joy. As schools are beginning to reopen in our area and we hope to get Amelia in preschool in the very near future I know that these new Hearing Aids are going to serve her so well.

Amelia picked out the colors and ear mold style herself, she wanted them to look like “Elsa hearing aids” (From Frozen). As you can see in the picture I think that Amelia got it spot on and as I have told her, “I think those are exactly what Elsa would wear!”.

I’m attaching some pictures of her getting her new HAs at UCSF and being the silly Amelia she is when they turned on for the first time. Thank you again so much and we hope to be able to pay your kind generosity forward for years to come and look forward to introducing Amelia to Job’s Daughters and other service oriented opportunities as she grows into a young women.

Sincerely,

Neil, Christine and Amelia Altimari

November Updates from The HIKE Fund

A new HIKE Fund flag is on its way! It’s our 35th year and we’ve got a new flag with our updated logo. You can order one for your Bethel, jurisdiction, office, or home. Download the form below and send in your order today.


A new silent auction launches today through Giving Tuesday on December 1st! The album is posted on our Facebook Page and bids can be made in the comment section of the photos. The final bid will be determined at 11:59 PM on December 1, 2020. We have been donated three impressive vintage items from DMI/Acclaim. These items would make a great gift for that special Jobie person in your life.



Have you committed to being one of our 35th Anniversary Donors? Head over to our webpage to learn more!

TOMORROW, 10/30, is the last day!

Registration for the Magnolia Medal ends on Friday, 10/30, along with the first 5K in the HIKE is LOVE Virtual Run Series – Catch the Cardinal. Don’t let the day get away from you and sign-up now: https://runsignup.com/QuickReg/96822

Registration for our next 5K in the series – Book It for Books – will begin on Sunday, November 1st. (If you signed up for the Magnolia Medal, you do not need to register for the individual 5K runs.)

HIKE is LOVE in 2020-2021

We are kicking off our 35th year with celebration and excitement and new initiatives and materials. Check all of them out, share them on your social media (please and thank you!), and engage with us as we DREAM BIG FOR HIKE!

Guess the Date

Guess the Date

What day do you think HIKE will reach $6 million in donations? The person on or closest to the date will win a small prize from the Board! Only one guess per person. Click the link and make your guess!


Vintage HIKE Fund Silent Auction

Vintage HIKE Fund Silent Auction

We are hosting a vintage silent auction on our Facebook page with thoughtful and nostalgic items that were donated to us. The silent auction goes through September 14, 2020, but don’t wait until the last minute to bid – click on over to check out all the items today! If you have items you’d like to donate for a future auction, please email us at thehikefund1985@gmail.com.


Virtual 5K Series

Virtual 5K Series

Celebrate The HIKE Fund’s 35th Anniversary by participating in the HIKE is LOVE Virtual 5K Series!! We had such a wonderful response to our Spring Virtual 5K Run/Walk – thank you to those who particpated. This pandemic has us all sitting a bit too much so consider this your challenge to up and get moving in your neighborhood, local trail, or other safe and physically-distanced location. Submit your results online via the Run Sign-Up link or send an email: thehikefund1985@gmail.com. Net registration fees can be designated to an active Job’s Daughter to receive credit toward the $1,000 Club.

Magnolia Medal Series – Registration opens August 15, 2020, and closes on October 30, 2020, and cost is $75. The participant completes all four (4) 5K races and receives four (4) 5K medals, plus the Magnolia Medal, and a T-shirt. All items will be delivered to the participant at a celebration selfie station in Hampton, VA during the week of August 1–7, 2021. 

For participants who only want to do individual virtual 5K (cost $25 each), registration will open on the following schedule. 

We encourage you to team up with your friends and neighbors, Bethels, or others who can keep you motivated. We will be celebrating our STARS who take on the Magnolia Medal and complete all four races at JDI’s Supreme Session in Hampton, VA in 2021. We’d love to showcase your name, Bethel, and jurisdiction!!


Harley’s Halloween Virtual 10K for HIKE

Harley’s Halloween Virtual 10K for HIKE

Harley invites all walkers, runners, cyclists, or broom riders to join the fun in October for his annual Harley’s Halloween Virtual 10K for HIKE! Registration ends on September 16, 2020. His goal is to raise $1,000 for HIKE in the month of October 2020. Cost is $18 (no medal) and $22 (with medal).

A virtual race is a race that can be run (cycled or walked) from any location you choose. You can cycle, run, jog, or walk on the road, on the trail, on the treadmill, at the gym or on the track. You get to run your own race, at your own pace in one day or break it up and do small bits throughout the month of October.

Stay mindful of physical distancing and proper mask and handwashing in public spaces that may be crowded for recreation and fitness. Anyone who wants to participate must register. The cost is $18 (no medal) and $22 (with race medal). This year we will have a fun prize for the person who lives the farthest away from Harley. All Jobies who participate can receive credit toward their designated totals for the $1,000 Club. 


New Fundraising Tracker Materials Available

New Fundraising Tracker Materials Available

Our new trackers are ready for you to post your donations. Set your goal – what amount will you raise?? Use these inspired materials on a fundraiser board, in your Bethel or Lodge, or bedroom wall to keep track of all your amazing donations! You can use them your social media too as a shout out to donors!!