Celebrate Women, Caretakers, Supporters
May is Mental health Awareness Month and the month when we celebrate mothers and nurturers. Many supporters are women. They are the mothers, daughters, sisters, wives, and children who wear the many hats that supporters wear.
The roles they assume include the following:
  • Act as informal case managers, encouraging and supporting treatment; identifying and securing housing, and arranging for income assistance
  • Provide crisis intervention
  • Assist with system navigation
  • Advocate on behalf of their ill relative
  • Monitor symptoms and support adherence to treatment plans to lessen the risk of relapse
  • Provide housing, and assist with activities of daily living, including paying bills
  • Maintain records of previous treatments, medications and hospitalizations
  • Provide information on the context of a loved one’s life, to assist professionals in understanding them as a whole person
All the above without the education, training, and financial compensation that any professional with these job descriptions would receive. Let’s spring forward by offering them the tools they need and the peer network they belong with.
Spring for Supporters is a campaign that focuses on self-care so that supporters have the energy and resources to accomplish their goals in caring for loved ones. Beginning May 1 for the whole month, model self-care through counting steps or however you want to participate. Have your family, best friend, colleagues or put together a team and challenge each other to achieve your goals and raise money by sharing your goals and getting sponsors to back you! Participants will receive string bags, pins, stickers, stress balls, and lots of encouragement. Winners will receive gifts from Grow a Strong Family!
To convert your activity from minutes to steps, simply multiply the number of minutes you participated in the activity by the number indicated in the chart.
For example: 30 minutes House cleaning x 101 steps/minute = 3,030 steps.
You can participate in this challenge by doing pretty much anything that gets your heart rate up- walking, running, cycling or any of your favorite fitness activities! Just make sure to log it! For activities that cannot be measured in steps or miles, please refer to the PHYSICAL ACTIVITY CONVERSION CHART below.

For more information on tracking your distance or setting up tracking devices please refer to the How It Works and FAQ's sections below.
COMPLETED: 110,544 steps
TARGET: 1,000,000 steps
RAISED: $ 200
TARGET: $ 10,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints with Grow a Strong Family!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Provide support, education, and services to the families, caregivers, and professionals impacted by individuals with mental illnesses/brain disorders.

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Funds raised support the web-based service delivery provided by Grow a Strong Family.
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.