November 29, 2016 is Giving Tuesday. Have you ever been given a gift that was life-changing? Close your eyes. Put yourself in that spot and remember how you felt. Was it freedom or relief? Perhaps you felt overwhelming joy and fulfillment. Perhaps you didn’t feel it at the time but the gift would ultimately change the way you experience the world. The HIKE Fund asks for your partnership and support to help families who need a little bit of love to ensure their child has suitable equipment to address hearing loss, deafness or other communication disorders improved by assistive hearing devices. Watch this short video by Virginia’s Grand Guardian, Christi Tanous, sharing an excerpt from Sarah Klegman’s story.
Be inspired to hear the wind blowing against the window of your room or the ocean waves crash against the shore. Listen to the birds and the whispers to your friends at the sleepover so you don’t wake up your parents upstairs. Take a moment and soak in all those sounds around you, and know that your donations are helping someone do the same…maybe for the first time! Share Sarah’s story and celebrate the great work that the HIKE Fund is able to do because of you!
Promoting HIKE can happen in many places. Ohio has taken this year’s HIKE pin and charms and turned them into donation cards that can be posted on a wall or building, in a store or Lodge. There are 5 charm cards – the bone and dish are for $1 donations, the ball and leash are for $5 donations, and the collar is for a $10 donation. You can make a display board to attach the charm cards as people donate, when you are at community fair or event. Thumbnails are below and you can make copies in color or black & white.
HIKE has challenged each jurisdiction to raise $32 per girl as HIKE is 32 years old this year! If each state achieves this goal, we would raise $200,000. The dog leash tracker can be used to track your state’s progress toward their goal. This file is designed to be printed at 18″ x 24″ and is around $13 to print. This program was piloted at a fall festival and Ohio raised almost $400. Special thanks to Amy Young, HIKE Board Member, for developing this cute program!
Send us photos if you use this idea at an upcoming event, or at work, school or Lodge.
We are off to a great start this year with fundraising for HIKE! Thank you so much for all of your efforts and willingness to give the gift of hearing. We are 18% at 2 months toward our goal of $200,000 this year!! We know there are many HIKE events yet to be held in our supporting states, so we know the BEST is yet to come!
We want to recognize our top 10 states in overall funds raised, and our top 6 states in per capita. Our #HIKEGOALS this year are big – and with each member of Job’s Daughters International committing to give at least $32 to celebrate the HIKE Fund’s 32nd year – and we will meet them!!
A year-to-date financial report can be found on our DONATE page. Congratulations to all for your amazing efforts and support thus far!!
Nebraska’s Daughter HIKE Coordinator, Rachel Radloff, has been hard at work this year. Her motivation likely comes because she is a HIKE recipient who received her first hearing aids with assistance from a HIKE grant when she was in Kindergarten. She is now 13 years old and serves as Guide in Bethel #1, Papillion.
Rachel has coordinated with Omaha’s children’s theater to have a HIKE display at all of their performances that are translated into ASL throughout the season. Her Job’s Daughter sisters also serve as ushers for these performances, and the theater has permitted Rachel to do a curtain speech about HIKE and Job’s Daughters before the shows start. Job’s Daughters is given presence at 9 different shows throughout the year, in front of an audience of 900 people each time. Rachel is very excited and invites others to usher with her; she needs about 5-8 volunteers once a month.
She has organized two fundraising activities this fall that center on giving back to the community – a Halloween HIKE Party and a “HIKE on Ice” skating carnival. A local ice rink has donated an evening worth of time for the event. It will feature “cosmic” skating — black lights and glow-in-the-dark fun. Job’s Daughters will have off-ice games for people to participate in, and Rachel’s figure skating club will provide coaches and skating helpers for people on the ice, so that everyone from newbies to experienced skaters can join in the fun. Rachel has received several donations for door prizes, and the Omaha Big Brothers Big Sisters chapter has made it an official event for their members to attend. Rachel has also secured a TV interview her before the “HIKE on Ice” event. Through her audiologist at Boystown Hospital, their public relations director wants to coordinate to pitch her story as a feature to all the different media in town.
Way to go, Rachel, for your creative and amazing ways you are promoting HIKE for fundraising this year!
Bethel #49 Decatur, Illinois, Job’s Daughters International officials say a Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund award was presented to the child on October 2. The award will be used to purchase a device to help with hearing and communication, especially in sports and classroom settings.
Lincoln Truman HIKE at beautiful Camp MoVal in Union, MO. Illinois and Missouri Jobie raised over $3,800 for HIKE on a beautiful day!
Grand Rapids, MI – From Australia to Alberta, Maryland and Manitoba, a new year has begun. This is HIKE’s 32nd year and we know it will be exceptional!
Last year was our best year ever and this year our goal is $200,000 in donations!! It’s going to take everyone doing their part from the Bethel to the Supreme level. The 2016-2017 CHALLENGE is for each Job’s Daughter to raise or contribute at least $32!
At the SGC Installation, our Board President Donna Goede presented the new Supreme Team with a Gregory statue. Gregory was the first recipient of a HIKE award in 1985, and the statue reminds us of the over 2,500 kids that have been helped by HIKE.
In addition to the statue, a complete pin set was also given to the Supreme Team to promote HIKE while they travel this year. Sales of the pin have been excellent thus far, likely due to featuring Dad Tim’s service dog, Jerry. What a tribute!
Order a complete pin set today! The pin is $3 andthe 5 charms are $25 each, for a total of $128.
We look forward to featuring jurisdictions and individuals who are doing amazing things to promote and fundraise for HIKE this year. Don’t forget to LIKE us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter!
Congratulations to our 2016 HIKE award winners! 15 dynamic young women from 9 jurisdictions raised over $26,000 this year!! Jeannie Link-Johnson and John Coulter were awarded the HIKE Adult Volunteer Award.
1. Caty K – KS
2. Elizabeth R – WI
3. Misha C – VA
4. Cecelia B – KS
5. Andi C – PA
6. Meckenzie Y – MO
7. Abby T – OH
8. Brooklyn C – MO
9. Lilly F – MO
10. Cassie V – OH
11. Lily L – KS
12. Lexi V – OH
13. Naomi H – MD
14. Hailey D – IL
15. Zoe C – MI
Tuesday, July 26 – The HIKE Board will host a State Coordinator’s meeting at the Amway Grand Plaza at 1:30 PM in the Ottawa Room. Topics to be discussed include growing excitement for HIKE, planning a fundraising event, and organizing a HIKE presentation. Representatives from all jurisdictions are invited to attend, if your coordinator is not able.