Utica, N.Y. - Non-profit organizations hold fundraisers throughout the year to help them stay afloat, but what do you do when you can't hold those events during a pandemic?
The Friends of The Arc Foundation has come up with a unique way to help The Arc Oneida-Lewis by promoting health and wellness during the COVID pandemic.
They're doing so through a new campaign called "Step Up for The Arc."
Each participant is encouraged to take steps, equal to 140 miles of movement before the campaign ends on July 3rd, 2020.
ARC Oneida-Lewis Chapter Chief Communications Officer Mark Dudek says this is a perfect way to help get people healthy, and at the same time help the Arc help its clients, "Because we've all been cooped up a little bit here, waiting for the weather to turn and waiting for our opportunity to get outside, this 'Step Up for The Arc' campaign was born and it's all virtual. It's all electronic, it's trackable, it's very intuitive and very user-friendly, and at the end of the day what it is doing is allowing you to support the Friends of the Arc Foundation through a little donation."
Dudek says you can sign up for as little as $10 or you can donate and get others to support your steps, "By the time the campaign ends on July 3rd, can you do 140 miles of movement? It seems like a lot and it is. 140 ties in to the 1,400 people that we support and serve on a daily basis."
Dudek says The steps can be amassed in a variety of ways, including walking, running, or any movement that is tracked throughout the program. The possibilities are endless. Participants can easily sync their favorite fitness wearable device through the free Charity Footprints app, or use the app to track their movement if they choose.
You can register online by following this link: https://bit.ly/StepUpforTheArc at thearcolc.org.
Dudek says all the funding from this 'Step Up for The Arc' campaign will help the Arc's many programs, "We still need to fund the underfunded and unfunded programs which are anything from Pre-K screening to guardianship. The other thing is that we need COVID relief like everyone else. There is more emphasis on supplying PPE, doing things for our staff, making sure that we're fully staffed in the areas that we can open right now, which is the residential program, so it's a multitude of things."