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The Walkathon will be returning to the first Saturday in May and will be held Saturday, May 2, 2020. However, this year it will be a virtual event.
We want to host the event, but have to consider more creative options since having to practice social distancing and not gather in groups of any size. In response, our plan is to host a virtual event rather than coming together in a physical location. This feels like the best way to honor your support, protect the health of our community, and provide for the needs that exist, now more than ever.
In 2020, LifePath will mark 28 years of hosting the Walkathon event.
LifePath’s Walkathon event has been pivotal in underwriting LifePath’s nutrition program when the agency experienced gaps in funding. For the life of the Walkathon event, the funds you and others have raised were restricted to solely supporting Meals on Wheels and the nutrition program.
This year, LifePath’s Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs are on track to be fully funded. This is because of the generous donations to date, increased funding from local grants, and increased reimbursement rates. Those in need of support through these programs and services will continue to receive it because we have the necessary funding. It is important to note that every year is different. While we feel fortunate to be fully funded in these programs this year, the programs could again experience a deficit.
This year, the focus of fundraising for the Walkathon event will be opened up so the funds may be directed to any LifePath program where they are vitally needed. As a private, non-profit organization, LifePath receives state and federal funding which does not fully cover the costs of providing quality care to our community. The funds raised through the Walkathon are critically needed to fill those gaps and may support LifePath’s broad array of programs and services including Meals on Wheels, Home Care Services, Benefits Counseling, Protective Services, SHINE, Healthy Living, Money Management, and more.
While providing a donation to the general fund gives our organization the greatest flexibility to allocate resources to the most-needed programs, donors are welcome to specify a program, if they wish. Those funds would then only be spent on the specified program.
Unrestricted funds give LifePath the flexibility to make independence an option in every way possible. For programs in need now, or if Meals on Wheels or other programs are in need again, receiving funding in this way offers LifePath the flexibility to take care of elders when and where it is needed across our programs and services.
This year is no different than any other in that securing sponsorships from local businesses and organizations is an important part of the event. Sponsorships are available from $250 and higher. Moving to a virtual event, we’ll still plan to recognize sponsors through social media, in the Good Life section of Saturday’s Recorder, when communicating with participants, during the virtual event, and other ways as we are able.
If you were on a team in previous years, just keep doing what you’ve done! Click on Walker Information above for more information or a refresher.
If you’re a student, belong to a social or youth organization, or have the interest in making a difference, please join the effort this year. Gather your co-workers, family and/or friends to collect donations on behalf of our agency. Or make a donation in support of your favorite walker or team.
Always! Checks made out to LifePath with “Walkathon” in the memo line can be mailed to LifePath at 101 Munson Street, Suite 201, Greenfield, MA 01301.
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