About the Virtual Walk for Literacy
Learning English and adjusting to a new culture isn’t easy, but Literacy Volunteers Fox Valley is here to help. We pair one adult learner with one volunteer tutor who tailors lessons to the learner’s practical needs. The adult learns what they need to know so they remember more and adapt quickly.
How it works
This isn’t your average 5K. The Virtual Walk for Literacy takes place where you are, when you want, anytime between Sept. 3 and Sept. 30. Walk solo or join a team. Log your distance online or track progress using your fitness device. Watch your avatar travel around the virtual race route. Earn e-medals for reaching distance milestones.
Join the challenge now
Step 1: Sign up and create a personal fitness goal.
Step 2: Invite your friends, family, and colleagues to sign up. It’s virtual so they can walk whether they live across the street or across the country.
Step 3: Track your miles and finish the challenge in four weeks. Walking the dog? Riding your bike? Taking the stairs at work? Every step counts. Use the chart to convert your activity to miles.
Step 4: Will you go the extra mile? Your registration gives you access to a personal fundraising page so your supporters can cheer you on from the sidelines. However, this is strictly optional. Why not gather your compadres and form a team? See who can log the most miles.
Do you need more incentive?
Besides bragging rights, first, second, and third place prizes will be awarded to the three competitors who log the most miles.
FIRST PRIZE: $100 gift card from https://bookshop.org/shop/TownHouseBooks
SECOND PRIZE: $50 gift card from https://bookshop.org/shop/TownHouseBooks
THIRD PRIZE: $25 gift card from https://bookshop.org/shop/TownHouseBooks
COMPLETED: 2,840 miles
TARGET: 3,000 miles
RAISED: $ 5,407
TARGET: $ 6,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints around the US!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Our mission is to help individuals in the region acquire the English literacy skills that they need to function more effectively in contemporary U.S. society.

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Proceeds from this challenge will help us support even more adults as they learn English and navigate life in the United States.
What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign. ?>

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.