The Hearing Improvement Kids Endowment (HIKE) Fund, Inc. was founded in 1985 by Emma Tedrick (OH) and Chuck Terrill (MI). A fund founded on the notion of “kids helping kids,” where the monies donated would help to provide children the needed supports to improve their ability to hear. The first philanthropic committee for the HIKE Fund, Inc. in 1985 included Eileen Orton (OR), Gwen Byer (VA), and Norman Sehn (AB). It was made official at Supreme Session in 1986 that The HIKE Fund, Inc. would be the official charity of Job’s Daughters International.
In the first year of HIKE, a total of $15,646 was raised. As we closed out the last Supreme Year, our collective total raised was $5,752,680, leaving $247,320 to hit $6 million raised in 35 years. The support for The HIKE Fund has ebbed and flowed over the years and on average, annual donations are around $200,000. We are humbled by the selfless action and dedication that so many have given in time and effort to secure donations–especially the Job’s Daughters.
We have a big, audacious goal. We want to hit $6 million. That means we need to raise $247,320 by June 30, 2020. Will you help us? Would you rally with your Bethel and raise funds to give the gift of hearing? Maybe hold a coin march or two at an upcoming Grand Visitation or Installation? Host a fundraiser night at a local restaurant? Coordinate a HIKE weekend where everyone brings in all of their donations?
Below are the year-to-date donations. You’ll notice a column on the far right that shows jurisdictional goals. These are based on previous years’ donations and what we believe you are capable of raising. (The GGC of DelMar has already hit their goal!) What a celebration it will be when we hit $6 million – and even sweeter if it coincided with the 100th Anniversary – Centennial Session of Job’s Daughters International!!
As of January 4, 2020, we are $176,939 away from our goal. HIKE is so proud of your support and we are grateful for believing in the life-changing work we get to do. Let’s go!
“…that every child with joy may hear…” – Blake