Thank YOU for participating in our 5-week “E-Race Loneliness” virtual event. This will really be fun! You can watch yourself moving along the route, which is a heart around Colorado. For those of you who are competitive, you can see someone moving ahead of you. Uh-oh! Don’t want that. Gotta get moving!

For over 26 years, Bessie's Hope has brought joy, hugs, love, and fun to thousands of isolated elders through our volunteer programs described in the section about Bessie’s Hope.

During COVID-19, the Bessie's Hope “Staying Connected Initiative” has been bringing hundreds of letters, cards, drawings, gifts to the elders, as well as using Zoom to provide personal visits, church services and entertainment. Thanks to YOU, this will continue, AND the HUGS WILL be back!

Walk, Run, or Dance – outside or inside, get others involved, and raise funds to ensure that Bessie's Hope is there when the doors open again for the nursing home elders!

Step One: Register and pay the $25 participation fee. Consider clicking the "Pay It Forward" and pay for a friend to get involved. Encourage him/her to also pay it forward to benefit Bessie's Hope and the elders, AND to build your team or start their own!

Step Two: Create your own personal Event and Fundraising Page to share with all your family, friends and contacts all over the world. YOU are shining a light on forgotten nursing home elders. You could have team members from all over the globe. YOU will be helping sustain and expand the work of Bessie's Hope.

Step Three: Track your steps on the website in one of the following ways: Download the free app from Charity Footprints on your phone, sync your own tracking device or manually enter the steps on your Event Page.

Each participant will be emailed an attractive personalized E-Race Loneliness certificate stating that YOU are shining a light on and enhancing the lives of hundreds of nursing home elders. It will also have a heartwarming photo of a youth with an elder.

Weekly prizes for most steps; largest amount of donations; and Team Captain with most members. Over-all final prizes for most steps and Captain with most team members.

Raise $100 above the registration fee and receive an LED keychain flashlight that reads “Shining a Light on the Forgotten”. Everyone loves these flashlights!

Raise $300 above the registration fee and receive the flashlight and $50 in gift cards.

Exciting Grand Prize for the most donations raised above $500:
7 days and 7 Nights at a beautiful condo in Steamboat Springs! Compliments of Joe DiVito Dream Makers ReMax Realty

THANK YOU for YOUR fundraising efforts to sustain Bessie’s Hope, especially at this difficult time. Thank YOU for assisting in providing funds for online training and virtual interactions. YOU are appreciated!

Just want to donate? YOU are also appreciated! Please read on to see the impact of your donation. THANK YOU!

COMPLETED: 8,588,717 steps
TARGET: 9,600,000 steps
RAISED: $ 3,360
TARGET: $ 25,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
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Bessie’s Hope enhances the quality of life for nursing home and assisted living elders by bringing generations together in mutually rewarding relationships that honor the human spirit and create life-enriching volunteer opportunities for youth, families, individuals, community organizations and businesses.

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Your investment in Bessie’s Hope helps us change the fabric of our society with strands of compassion, empathy and respect. You are helping us continue to provide the education and training to volunteers, preschool to adults, and to continue the facilitation of the life-changing interaction with the nursing home elders. NOW is even more important to cultivate meaning and purpose, and to develop effective virtual platforms for our work.

Your impact is far-reaching and deeply needed.
* $50 sponsors a youth and elder for their life-changing Bessie's Hope visits.

* $100 sponsors 2 youth and 2 elders.

* $250 sponsors 4 youth and 4 elders.

* $500 is a “Perfect 10 Sponsorship”, sponsoring 10 youth and 10 elders! You will receive thank yous from your sponsored group, and when the doors open again, you can observe your investment in action.

* $1,000 is a “20/20 Sponsorship”, who clearly sees the value of bringing generations together in such a meaningful, life-changing way. You’ll sponsor 20 youth and 20 elders with the benefits above.

* $2,500 is a "50/50 Sponsorship, sponsoring 50 youth and 50 elders!

* $5,000 is an "Angel of Hope Partnership", sponsoring 4 groups of youth and 4 groups of elders!
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.