Join Laura’s House in the health and fitness challenge to raise vital funds to support the programs and services that we offer to victims of abuse in our community.
With the social isolation and economic instability resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the amount and frequency of domestic violence is rapidly increasing. Orange County Sheriff (and Laura’s House Board member) Don Barnes reports that domestic violence calls for service have increased by 25% over last year at this time, and calls to our 24-Hour Crisis Intervention Hotline rose 28% in 2020. We are currently experiencing a substantial increase in women and their children seeking assistance, underscoring the urgent need for our services.
Laura's House is excited to host this 1st Annual fundraising event, with two weeks to register and 30 days to complete your challenge. Register from now- June 12, and begin the challenge June 13 - get out and bike, walk, hike, swim, or however you prefer to exercise in support of the Laura's House work to help those in need. Register as an individual, create your own team or join a team from anywhere in the world and watch as all of our steps, miles and pledges add up. Any kind of exercise and physical activity counts!
Join other generous and fun-loving Friends of Laura's House as we look to raise $50,000 for our vital domestic violence programs & services that we provide to the community including:
• Emergency Shelter
• Transitional Housing
• Counseling and Therapeutic Services
• Case Management
• Legal Advocacy
• Prevention Education
• H.E.A.R.T workshops for youth
• Community Education and Workshops
Sign up with a group of friends or join solo and make friends as we get some exercise while raising money for a great cause!
Your goals are simple:
1) Ask your friends, relatives, neighbors, and co-workers to donate as you work to hit your fitness goals.
2) Have fun!!
STEP 1: REGISTER and set up your account anytime between now and June 12. Once you register, you will have your own web page that will track your/your team’s combined distance and funds raised.
Registration: $30/participant (proceeds go toward your overall fundraising goal)
STEP 2: RECRUIT team members from anywhere in the world to join you. Decide together on your goals for distance and fundraising.
STEP 3: TRACK your steps/miles from June 13th - July 11th.
There are three ways to track your progress:
  • Download the free Charity Footprints App
  • Sync your fitness device (Fitbit, Apple Watch, Garmin, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava) or use the health app on your iphone
  • Manually enter your miles on your event page
STEP 4: SHARE your fundraising page with others so they can support you through donations. Post the link to your web page on social media or send it in a text to friends and family.
COMPLETED: 0 miles
TARGET: 4,500 miles
RAISED: $ 5,972
TARGET: $ 50,000
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
Changing social beliefs, attitudes and the behaviors that perpetuate
domestic violence while creating a safe space in which to empower individuals and
families affected by abuse.

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How Your Participation Helps
Funds will directly support the vital programs and services that Laura’s House provides. Calls to our 24 Hour Crisis hotline were up 28% in 2020. The effects of COVID-19 proved to be extremely challenging for victims of abuse. With the gradual re-opening of things, we expect an increase in the demand for our services, and will be here ready to serve our community and the many individuals affected by abuse.
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.