How do YOU play and get active? Is it walking, biking, playing soccer... yoga? This summer join The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for Play for the Health of It! presented by Valley Health Systems.

Here's the gist... just do what you do- chores, Pilates, play board games, run... and keep track of your "miles." Every activity equals earned "miles." Set a goal for yourself and share with friends and family through social media, email,etc. Ask them if they'll pledge you for the challenges you meet.. then GET OUT THERE and do your thing! It will feel GOOD to be active, make it family time and do it together, share your progress through social media updates and posts, and the dollars you raise will help the Discovery Museum recover from the pandemic shutdown.

Being closed during what is usually the busiest months of the year for field trips, camp registrations, and foot traffic has left the Discovery Museum with a huge financial loss... your activity can help get this gem in our community back on its feet.

The pledges you earn will help fund the Discovery Museum's needs to provide children in our region with essential early childhood development and education only accomplished through PLAY! So, Play for the Health of It!

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COMPLETED: 795 miles
TARGET: 89,600 miles
RAISED: $ 550
TARGET: $ 50,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints by traveling around the lightbulb!
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum’s mission is to spark curiosity & inspire learning through exploration & creative play. A child's education starts at birth and the Discovery Museum teaches through hands-on exhibits that focus on health, history, engineering, math, art, music and more... but even more importantly the "play" fosters life skills like communication, collaboration, creativity, confidence, and more to enhance children's future success in school and life!

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How Your Participation Helps
Your participation will give children an amazing place to learn and gain necessary life skills. Childhood education starts well before schooling through PLAY. Interactive hands-on play is the way young children learn life skills crucial to future success - building confidence, communication, collaboration, and more.

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum has, for close to 25 years, provided educational hands-on exhibits allowing children and families the opportunity to learn and grow through PLAY. Children from 6 months through elementary experience hands-on exhibits focusing on science, art, music, engineering, technology, and health... discovering and exploring, having fun, but most importantly gaining fundamental skills for their futures.

This year has been quite different with the pandemic shutdown, leaving this educational non-profit without funding. Despite being closed, the Discovery Museum continued with the mission by sharing daily educational content on social media so ALL children could continue learning through play.

Your support will give the Museum much-needing funding to continue educating the community's youth, giving families a place to bond and learn together, and schools the opportunity to visit and teach through hands-on play.
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.