COSTS AND RESOURCES FOR HEARING AIDS & FM’S
AUDIENT helps low income people nationwide access quality hearing aids and related care at a significantly lower cost.
Disabled Children’s Relief Fund
Disabled Children’s Relief Fund is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that provides disabled children with assistance to obtain wheelchairs, orthopedic braces, walkers, lifts, hearing aids, eyeglasses, medical equipment, physical therapy, and surgery. Recipients are children who are blind, deaf, amputees, and those who have been diagnosed with disabilities. DCRF focuses special attention on helping children throughout the U.S. that do not have adequate health insurance, especially the physically challenged.
Website information: www.donorschoose.org
DonorsChoose.org is an online charity that makes it easy for anyone to help students in need. Public school teachers from every corner of America post classroom project requests on their site, and you can give any amount to the project that most inspires you.
When a project reaches its funding goal, they ship the materials to the school. You will get photos of the project taking place, a letter from the teacher, and insight into how every dollar was spent. Give over $50 and you will also receive hand-written thank-yous from the students.
Projects can remain on their site for up to 4 months, but teachers can set earlier deadlines if they choose.
How it works
1. Choose the exact items you need and describe how they will benefit your students.
2. People, companies and foundations donate funds.
3. Once funded, they will send the resources directly to your classroom.
The Elizabeth Church Clarke Trust
Contact person: Cecille Kelly
Address: Scottish Rite Temple
709 SW 15th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
They would like a letter submitted with general information about the child and about what is being requested. They arrange a home visit and then the board meets once a month to make a decision.
First Hand Foundation
First Hand Foundation is a nonprofit organization that helps children with health-related needs when insurance and other financial resources have been exhausted. Their mission is to directly impact the health status of a young life.
Foundation for Sight and Sound – Help America Hear ProgramThe Foundation for Sight and Sound through it’s Help America Hear Program provides hearing aids for men, women, and children with limited financial resources.
The HIKE Fund, Inc. (Hearing Impaired Kids Endowment Fund)
Supported by Job’s Daughters International, the HIKE Fund provides hearing devices for children with hearing loss between the ages of newborn and twenty years whose parents are unable to meet this special need financially. Approximately 100 children are provided with hearing devices each year through this fund. An application is available online at: http://www.thehikefund.org/ go to website and click on the “APPLICATION” link. Estimated time from receipt of completed application is 4 months.
If you have any questions or would like to have assistance from a representative of Job’s Daughters in your area, please contact:
The HIKE Fund, Inc.
C/o HIKE Board Executive Secretary
530 Elliott Street
Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503-0202
KEX Kids Fund
IF your child is not eligible for coverage with Oregon Health Plan and they do qualify for free or reduced price lunch, they may be eligible to receive assistance from KEX with the purchase of hearing aids and earmolds. If you have special circumstances, you may write a letter explaining your situation and it will be reviewed by the board of directors for KEX.
Contact: Audiology Center Northwest
825 NE 20th Ave,, Suite 230
Portland, OR 97232
In Oregon, the Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation have been
providing high quality rebuilt used hearing aids to Oregonians who
cannot afford to purchase new aids. Contact them at (503)413-7399
To reach your local club, visit www.LionsofOregon.org or call 800-
747-4448 to get the number to your state Lions Club office, which
can refer you to your community representative.
Miracle-Ear® Children’s Foundation
The Miracle-Ear® Children’s Foundation serves and supports children who have a hearing loss by providing no-cost hearing aids and hearing support services to children whose families have incomes that are significantly limited and who are unable to afford the high costs of quality hearing instruments.
OCCYSHN – Oregon Center for Children and Youth with Special Health Needs.
Funding provided by The Sidney and Lillian Zetosch Fund for the Oregon Community Foundation for Oregon children under the age of 21 who have a diagnosed disability and whose family has financial need
Website information: firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Gillian Freney – email@example.com
Application must be made by an education, disability services or health care provider. Families may not apply directly on behalf of their child. The maximum grant is $1500 per child and the minimum request is $100. The equipment requested must address educational needs. Supporting documentation must explain what the education need is and how the equipment addresses that need.Complete the attached form and fax it to 503-494-2755 or email it to:firstname.lastname@example.org
OEA Foundation (Oregon Education Association)
Website: www.oregoned.org/oea-foundation. Established in 1995, the OEA Foundation provides educators with up to $100 grants to help students meet basic, urgent and immediate needs so they can succeed in school. Cash grants from the Foundation fill needs unmet by any other source
Any active OEA member who encounters a student in need can make a request for funds from the OEA Foundation. An online application for the grant is available at: oregoned.org/oea-foundation. The fund would cover earmolds and/or batteries.
This is a civic service organization that has more than 600 clubs
nationwide, some of which collect used hearing aids, have them
refurbished, and distribute them to local, low-income seniors in
need. Visit www.Sertoma.org or call 816-333-8300 to locate a club
in your area. Sertoma has launched Hearing Charities of America
(HearingCharities.org), an affiliate program that provides hearing
aids to those in need who don’t live near a participating club.
Starkey Hearing Foundation – Hear Now Program
Hear Now is a national non-profit program committed to assisting low income individuals permanently residing the in the U.S. who are deaf or hard of hearing and have no other resources to acquire hearing aids. To learn more, call 800-328-8602 or visit Sotheworld mayhear.org/hearnow where you can download an application.
The StoneRidge Foundation: StoneRidge Kids
Local Contact Person: Amy Treat
This is a local foundation started to help families with the purchase of new hearing aids, repair of broken hearing aids, and earmolds. Request an application from Amy. The foundation requests that a picture be included with the completed application form.
Travelers Protective Association Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired
The Travelers Protective Association of America established the TPA Scholarship Trust for the Hearing Impaired to provide financial aid to children and adults who suffer deafness or hearing impairment and who need assistance in obtaining mechanical devices, medical or specialized treatment or specialized education as well as speech classes, note takers, interpreters, etc. and in other areas of need that are directly related to hearing impairment. To download an application,
visit www.tpahq.org or call 314-371-0533.
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation, Inc.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity dedicated to facilitating access to medical-related services that have the potential to significantly enhance either the clinical condition or the quality of life of the child and that are not fully covered by the available commercial health benefit plan. This support is in the form of a medical grant to be used for medical services not covered or not completely covered by commercial health benefit plans. Website information: http://www.uhccf.org
Wheel to Walk Foundation
PO Box 20146
Portland, OR 97294
The Wheel to Walk Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of children with special needs. We help children who experience difficulty obtaining funding from their insurance companies.
If you are employed or seeking to be employed, the State of Or47
egon’s Vocational Rehabilitation Division may be able to help you
obtain hearing aids and other assistive technology to help you stay
or become employable.
Depending on where you live, other programs may be available to
you. The Blanche Fisher Foundation is a possibility. And check with your Area Aging Agency or
your state assistive technologies director. In Oregon contact ATI (Access
Technologies, Inc. (800)677-7512 or info@accesstechnologies.
inc. Your county chapters of service groups such as Kiwanis, Knights
of Columbus, Masons, Optimists, Elks, Easter Seals, United Way and
Quota International may offer assistance.
|KEX||Paper application||$600 each|
|Wheel to Walk||www.wheeltowalk.com||$2000|
|Disabled Children’s Relief Fund||www.dcrf.com||$25-200||Sept.1st|
|TPA Scholarship||www.tpahq.org/scholarshiptrust||$200-1000||March 1st|
|OEA – earmolds only||www.oregoned.org/oea-foundation||$100|
|Wheel to Walk||www.wheeltowalk.com||$2000|
|Elizabeth Church in combo with another source||letter|
|OCCYSHN in combo with another source||Paper application||$1500|