Gratefully Yours, With Love from The HIKE Fund

‘Tis the season of thanksgiving, appreciation, acknowledgement and gratitude. And turkey. On behalf of the HIKE Fund, Inc. Board of Directors, thank you forever for your incredible support of children and their families as we give the gift of hearing together. The growing support of members and adult volunteers from Job’s Daughters International is something we don’t take for granted. We appreciate you so much!

Giving Tuesday is next week, December 3, 2019! This is an annual day designated for donations to nonprofit organizations. We want to raise $3,400 by the end of the year. Keep in mind that all donations to The HIKE Fund, Inc. are considered charitable and can be deducted from your taxes.

Recently, Bethel #15 of Fremont, Nebraska held a Give Thanks for Hearing Dinner on November 9, 2019. They raised $3,366 – enough for one grant award – and were featured on their local news media. The event was started in 2010 by Jazmine Jirsak, who was then the Daughter HIKE Coordinator, wanted to do an event to raise money. In the first year, the Bethel had good success (raising around $800) and that the community was supportive. At the dinner, the members talk about The HIKE Fund and at times, former HIKE recipients have attended to share their experience of how HIKE has changed their lives for the better. The fundraiser continues to grow annually and the Bethel says two key elements have led to their success: 1) one or two older members who organize and lead the event, and 2) early planning. This allows primary points of contact and to promote the event well ahead of time. Each member is encouraged to sell tickets and collect donations for the silent auction. Council members cook the meal and supervise the dinner. Next year, in 2020, will be the 10th year of the Give Thanks for Hearing Dinner and they are planning to make this one even bigger and better, including having to find a larger location to fit more people.

Bethel #15, Fremont, NE

When we asked Hannah and Meghann, the two organizers for this year’s dinner, what they love about supporting The HIKE Fund, they shared,

Hannah:  I love supporting the HIKE Fund because it feels so good to be supporting a population of kids that others may not think about. Every child deserves the gift of hearing and I love that Job’s Daughters recognizes that need and puts so much effort into supporting these children.

Meghann: I love supporting HIKE for several reasons. One of the biggest reasons is that it is eye opening. It is not often that people get the chance to take a step back and see how blessed they are. Helping children receive the gift of hearing is my chance to take a step back and be thankful for my ability to hear. It then encourages me to want to help even more!

Meghann (left), Hannah (right)

In Joliet, IL on November 18, 2019, Joshua and his parents attended a regular meeting of Bethel #48, where they were presented a grant award by Brylie, Honorary State Honored Queen, as well as an application for DeMolay International! They were extremely grateful and hope to get involved with DeMolay as a way to give back for what they’ve received.

We are beyond grateful for the love and support that everyone carries with them in support of The HIKE Fund. Seeing the impact of a grant in the life of the child is inspiring and empowering!

With love from the The HIKE Fund, thank you. Have a restful and happy Thanksgiving! See you on #GivingTuesday!

Michigan Job’s Daughters Celebrate HIKE at Parade

Recently, the HIKE Fund granted the gift of hearing to 8 year old Lyla, from Muskegon.

On October 5, 2019, Michigan Job’s Daughters hosted a HIKE fundraising event, where they excitedly welcomed Lyla and her family to the Red Flannel Festival in Cedar Springs, the home of our Grand Bethel Honored Queen, Makeelie.

MaKeelie presented Lyla with a check for $4,500 to cover the cost of hearing aids. During the event, they also participated in a parade and MaKeelie thought it would be super fun to make Lyla the HIKE Princess for the day! Lyla received a sash and a crown and rode in a 1969 Camaro convertible (thanks to MaKeelie’s grandpa!) so that Lyla could ride in style!

It was a beautiful day, in ALL senses of the word! 

HIKE Grants Have Life-Changing Impact

Samantha Andersen, Youth HIKE Coordinator for Wisconsin, and  Mom Sheryl Bertram, Grand Guardian for Wisconsin Job’s Daughters, had the pleasure of presenting a check to a young man named John on October 3, 2019 . It was wonderful to meet John and his family along with his audiologist, Beth.

John was recently diagnosed with congenital hearing loss and needed hearing aids. John’s audiologist Beth and his mother Lauren applied for a grant to financially assist them in getting John hearing aids.

His mother Lauren said, “Words cannot even begin to express how full my heart is. Thank you for your efforts as well as those of all Job’s Daughters.  You assisted in improving the quality of life for my son. WE are forever grateful.”

HIKE recognized by USM Children’s Center

Dr. Courtney Turner, Audiologist, is an avid promoter of The HIKE Fund, Inc. She works at The Children’s Center for Communication and Development at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Center is a non-profit that provides cost-free communicative and developmental transdisciplinary services to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers while educating, training and supporting families, university students and professionals.  A recent HIKE recipient was treated at USM and here is the story.

Celebrate with 2020 Vision!

It’s a new HIKE fundraising year and we are so excited! This year begins the journey to 2020, where Job’s Daughters International will celebrate 100 years of building strong, confident women, and the HIKE Fund, Inc. will celebrate 35 years of giving the gift of hearing!

“Celebrating the Past, Present and Future with 2020 Vision” is the theme and we are aiming for a HUGE goal – bigger and better than our incredible success for 2018-2019. We are aiming to raise $250,000. You might ask why we’ve set our sight on this goal. We are so close to reaching our next milestone fundraising amount — $6 MILLION! Can you help us reach this next level?

You can find out more information about this year’s pin and charms on our Incentives Page. Track along with us this year to our $250,000 goal!

Let’s Reach the Finish Line of the Yellow Brick Road

We are nearing the end of our HIKE Fund year and are so excited to be entering the final month at $178, 471. All monies raised for the 2018-2019 SGC year are due to the Executive Secretary, John Hauser, no later than June 30, 2019. This includes funds designated to a Job’s Daughter member for the $1,000 club (there was a typo in the incentive letter – you still have time). Our annual goal is $200, 000 and we are almost to the Yellow Brick Road Finish Line!!

We have had a productive spring with multiple grant awards and fundraisers being held across the country. Your drive and spirit to support The HIKE Fund is incredible! Keep up with our recent happenings via our Facebook page.

Mid-Year Meeting of The HIKE Fund Board, Inc.

(ATLANTA, GA) — Each year, the Board of Directors of The HIKE Fund, Inc. meets to discuss the work of the nonprofit to give the gift of hearing to eligible children, ages birth to 20 years.

$134,991 has been raised so far this year! We are so proud of your support and donations. Our state jurisdictions are cruising toward their 10+10 Goals and 13 states have met their goals! Way to get us closer to the $200,000 goal! Top states currently are: Virginia, Missouri, Ohio, Nebraska, Colorado, and Wisconsin.

You are doing an amazing job increasing the amount per daughter raised each year.  In 2013-2014, the amount per daughter was $23.17 and last year in 2017-2018, it was $36.73. That is great progress!

We have 20 girls who have already earned their medallion for the 2019 $1,000 Club! Incredible work ladies, and a special shout-out to Julia B from Bethel 1, Arlington, VA for bringing in $8,231 so far.

Since becoming a verified charity on Facebook, we have had 39 people organize fundraisers and raised over $6,500 since August 2018. This is a great and easy way to share with your friends and family how much you love The HIKE Fund and request for donations in a safe and secure way.

Thank you for all you do! 2020 will be a HUGE year for The HIKE Fund, Inc. as we’ll celebrate our 35th year alongside the 100th anniversary of Job’s Daughters International. Keep an watch of our website and social media for upcoming requests for designs and ideas on how we should celebrate!!

Cheers to 2019!

We are well on our way in 2019 now and hoping to keep our fundraising strong. We have hit the halfway mark to our $200,000 goal and have been so impressed by several states who have met and exceeded their 10+10 goals

We love hearing about what your state is doing to raise money and have fun in the process! There are two events upcoming in Nebraska and Utah. Check them out!

  1. Join Daughter HIKE Coordinator, Sarah, and Bethel #63, Nebraska, in some friendly fun across the miles! They will be using a smartphone app to compete in a virtual scavenger hunt while raising money for HIKE! During Founder’s Week, March 2nd through March 10th, find time to get together with your team for a hour or two and see how many scavenger points you can earn! Create mini competitions within your own Bethel between your daughters and your council, or between other Bethels in your state! Challenge your local Lodge or Chapter. Or, simply get together for a great group activity for your own Bethel. However you participate, they want you to have FUN!! They are expecting crazy pictures and lots of smiling!
  2. Bethel #7, Utah, in raising money for HIKE. All participants raising $30 will get lunch and a t-shirt. Bethels can create their own teams and their donations will be credited to their Bethel when made to HIKE. Those not wishing to walk may donate at this link. Lunch is available for non-walkers for $5.

 

We have had quite a few grant award presentations this winter. You are changing lives with the gift of hearing and we thank you for your dedication to ensure that eligible children can access the equipment they need!!

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!