Travelers Protective Association Awards $15,100 in Financial Aid to Deaf and Hard of Hearing

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01.27.21 | Al Shoemaker

ST. CHARLES, MO (January 27, 2021)
Travelers Protective Association (TPA) Hearing Trust issued 20 grants, totaling $15,100, to applicants requesting assistance during the fourth quarter of 2020. Established by TPA in 1975, the mission of the TPA Hearing Trust is to provide aid to individuals that are deaf or hard of hearing for resources that will allow them to achieve their full potential.

To date, the Trust has distributed over $2 million, benefiting more than 5,900 individuals. For this quarter, recipients plan to utilize their funding to obtain hearing aids, ear molds, batteries, school tuition, and towards medical bills relating to a cochlear implant surgery. Recipients are also able to use these grants towards interpreters, medical services, service dogs, and much more.

“With roughly twenty percent of Americans being deaf or hard of hearing, we want to continue making sure they receive the support they need and the respect they deserve,” said Albert Shoemaker, TPA’s Chief Administrative Officer. “The goal of the Trust is to aid and assist people. With the help of our generous donors and members of our communities, we know that we will continue increasing the number of individuals we can offer support to.”

Grants this quarter varied in size from $500 through $1,000, benefiting recipients from 16 states and ranging in age between 17 and 84 years old.

An independent 501(c)(3) organization, the TPA Hearing Trust accepts tax deductible donations from TPA members, posts and divisions; nonmembers, businesses, foundations and all other legal entities. To learn more, make a contribution to the TPA Hearing Trust or to apply for aid, please visit

About Travelers Protective Association of America
Originally founded in 1890 as a fraternal benefit society to provide fellowship and insurance to traveling salesmen, The Travelers Protective Association of America (TPA) is a nonprofit organization of men and women who are committed to improving the lives of others. In addition to providing exclusive benefits to nearly 17,000 members, TPA provides programming through its 136 posts across the nation. These post locations promote the betterment of families and communities through child safety initiatives, community service projects and personal development opportunities. TPA is licensed in 29 states to provide accident, disability and death benefits to its members and their beneficiaries. To learn more, please visit or contact TPA Headquarters at (636) 724-2227.


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