Are you having trouble loading this page? Click here to view a text-only version.

LifePath's-Meals-on-Wheels-kitchen.jpg
Alan-Coutinho-Volunteer-Meals-on-Wheels-Driver-and-Emily-Nelson.jpg
LGBTIQA-Intergenerational-Gathering-1.jpg
Dee-and-Brian.jpg

Frequently Asked Questions about LifePath’s 2020 Walkathon

What is the 2020 Walkathon date? and location?

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.

Where will the 2020 Walkathon be held?

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.

How can I participate in the Virtual Walkathon on Saturday, May 2?

When participants click this link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIyt8MQoD1w they will be directed to a YouTube Premiere showcasing the virtual presentation. If you did not get an email message on Wednesday, April 29 alerting you of this update, send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be added to the distribution list.

What is a YouTube Premiere Event?

YouTube Premiere event is a scheduled on-line gathering. Clicking the link above will take those who click to a shareable and public watch page that displays the title, description, and thumbnail of the video - so you’ll know you’re in the right place! Participants may choose to receive a tune-in notification around 30 minutes before the start, and a second notification at the start.

When the Premiere starts, a countdown will show during the first 2 minutes. When the countdown is over, participants watch the video with others in real-time. Viewers are unable to skip forward, but skipping backwards during the stream is permitted. Interacting with the video and each other by using the live chat feature is encouraged, if participants have a YouTube account and are logged in. When the Premiere is over, the video will remain uploaded for anyone to enjoy.  

How many years has the Walkathon been running?

In 2020, LifePath will mark 28 years of hosting the Walkathon event.

What have the funds raised by the walkathon traditionally supported?

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.

Other than the format of the event, it sounds like there is a change this year. What has happened with the Meals on Wheels and nutrition programs?

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.

What will team members and individuals be fundraising for and why?

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.

We're also asking that fundraisers make use of the online fundraising option through LifePath. If you want a personalized online fundraising link created, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Many team captains have been contacted with a team link!) Once set up, share the link through social media, email, or text. Donors give directly online and, because it's your personal or team link, your tally will increase before your very eyes!

Can I specify which programs I’d like to support?

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.

What’s the most important thing to know about unrestricted funding?

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.

How can I help, if I want to participate as a business?

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.

How can I help, if I am an individual?

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.

A change in support of social distancing is that we're asking that fundraisers make use of the online fundraising option through LifePath. If you want a personalized online fundraising link created, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. (Many team captains have been contacted with a team link!) Once set up, share the link through social media, email, or text. Donors give directly online and, because it's your personal or team link, your tally will increase before your very eyes!

Can I send a check in support of the effort?

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.

If I have questions, who can I talk to?

Simply contact Carol Foote, Development Director, at 413-773-5555 x2225 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sign up for the Walkathon e-newsletter.