Mission: The HIKE fund is a not-for-profit charity that provides hearing devices for children with hearing impairments between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. For information and application forms, please visit the web site or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
History: The HIKE Fund, Inc. was created in 1985 by Emma Tedrick and Charles Terrill, the international leaders for Job's Daughters International (JDI). The Fund was developed as the philanthropic project of the JDI, a Masonic youth organization for girls, to give the members of that organization a specific and unique charity to which they were able to devote their energies.
There continue to be no paid solicitors or paid Board Members. All members of the Board of Directors and all helpers and members of Job's Daughters who collect the funds are unpaid volunteers and the percentage of donations distributed to needy children approaches 95% of all funds collected.
Eligibility: Children under the age of twenty who are U.S. Citizens and have not received a previous HIKE Award within the last four (4) years and who have been identified as 1) having a need for a hearing aid(s) or an assistive listening device and 2) having a financial need can benefit from HIKE. Applicants with a documented hearing loss are considered without regard to sex, race, religion, color, or creed. Please note that we are unable to accept applications for services or devices which have already been fitted.
Assistance provided: With proper application, other hearing devices, as needed, on an individual basis may be considered for funding. Included may be enclosed caption converters for television, tactile units, FM units (into which a hearing aid is plugged for amplification), computers to assist deaf children in communicating, as well as other technical devices may be prescribed.
To apply for help: Each application is weighed on its own merit, and the application requires a letter from the applicant's family which is an important part of the application. Considerations include family income, size of household, and burdensome medical expenses. The application is a six page document. Please visit the website: www.hikefund.org for an application and further instructions.