Help America Hear Inc.

aka Foundation For Sight and Sound   |   Smithtown, NY   |  wwwww.helpamericahear.org

Mission

Our mission is to provide hearing aids through an application process to qualifying individuals with limited financial resources who cannot obtain them on their own, as well as a scholarship to help fund the educational opportunities

Notes from the nonprofit

In the year 2020-2021 we donated 5 - $2000 Scholarships. In the year 2020-2021 we doated 10 sets of hearing aids

Ruling year info

2004

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Mitchel Shapiro

Main address

P.O. Box 1245 2 Clearbrook Drivve

Smithtown, NY 11787 USA

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EIN

20-0878279

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

Deaf/Hearing Impaired Centers, Services (P87)

Blind/Visually Impaired Centers, Services (P86)

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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Help America Hear

To provide hearing aids to men, women and children who lack the financial capability to afford them and meet our criteria.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Seniors

The Help America Hear Scholarship is open to high school seniors who have a hearing loss which requires the use of hearing aid(s). The purpose is to help students with hearing challenges reach their full potential by giving them the gift of sound. This will further their build their confidence and self esteem as the prepare to enter college. The scholarship will be award two students each year with a $500 scholarship to the student's college of choice and two, state of the art ReSound Hearing Aids, fitted to their needs. One student currently wearing hearing aids and one student in need of hearing aids but has never been fitted with them will be chosen by an independent panel from essays submitted to the FSS. For information, eligibility requirements and application, please see our website.

Population(s) Served
Students
People with disabilities

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Our results

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Number of students who receive scholarship funds and/or tuition assistance

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People with hearing impairments

Related Program

Help America Hear Scholarship

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarships given before 2019 were provided to vision and hard of hearing students.

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Young adults, People with hearing impairments

Related Program

Help America Hear Scholarship

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Scholarship is only available to high school seniors with hearing loss going to college.

Help America Hear Program - # of recipients receiving hearing aids

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with hearing impairments

Related Program

Help America Hear

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Foundation For Sight and Sound hopes to increase our programs and provide life enhancing tools to the low incoming vision and hearing challenged community.

Our strategies are to identify new passionate donors and board members to help us reach our goals. To accomplish this we use social media, special events, our annual campaign and networking events to spread the work of our organization

The Foundation is in a position to maintain our current programs, donors and Board members.We need to continue to grow the organization and recruit additional donors and board members to move forward and expand our programs.

The Foundation has not as yet been able to identify a program for the visually challenged that is not being provided by other organizations. Our programs solve a problem and provide solutions that are needed by the visually challenged that is not being provided elsewhere.

We a grassroots organization that provides services to low income individuals. It has been hard to identify "angels" or friends who feel passionate about us and want to help us further our mission.

Financials

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Help America Hear Inc.

Board of directors
as of 9/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mitch Shapiro

Help America Hear Inc.

Term: 2004 -

Dave Carr

McGuire's Hearing and Audiolical Services

David Gustin, AAMS

Wells Fargo Advisors

Jack Schiff, CPA

Getzel Schiff & Pesce LLP

Gregory Thomas

Quest Diagnostics

John Michael

Suris & Associates, P.C.

Michael LoFrumento

Matrimonial Law Group

Donald Raad

MSW Travel

Laurie Trentacoste

Island Better Hearing

Kevin Seltzer

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 03/23/2021

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Leadership

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Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

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