ABOUT FALL BACK INTO FITNESS! STEP CHALLENGE CAMPAIGN
 
Founded in 2002, HousingPlus provides permanent and transitional housing and supportive services to women and children in crisis. Join us as we build up to our 20th anniversary year and welcome the next twenty years.
 
The Fall Back into Fitness! Step Challenge -- October 18th through the 24th -- will raise critical funds to expand our housing and increase our services, including educational programming for children. Now is your chance to get moving for a good cause: please help us reach our collective goal of 20,000,000 steps toward our 20th year and $75,000 in support.
 
Participation is as Easy as 1-2-3!
 
  • Register and join a team.
  • Sync your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, etc.) or download the Charity Footprints Apple or Android app. No fitness tracking device? No problem. You can enter all your activities manually on your personal leaderboard page during the campaign period!
  • Beginning October 18th through October 24th, engage in your activity of choice walking, biking, swimming, etc. Set a personal goal or accept our challenge to reach 10k+ steps a day.
 
Extra Credit
 
  • Share your personal page widely to raise even more support for HousingPlus.
  • Document your progress on social -- follow & tag @housingplusnyc and share what motivates you all week.
 
The Prizes
 
  • Fearless Fundraisers: The Top 10 participants who raise the most will win HousingPlus stainless steel water bottles.
  • Team Spirit Titans: The team with the most social posts tagging @housingplusnyc will win HousingPlus canvas tote bags. Post pics of your favorite park, your post-workout meals, or a pet that takes steps with you.
  • Step Challenge Champions: The team with the highest average steps per team member wins reusable HousingPlus cloth face masks.
 
Thanks to Our Sponsors:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FITNESS GOAL
COMPLETED: 1,238,585 steps
TARGET: 20,000,000 steps
FUNDRAISING GOAL
RAISED: $ 30,829
TARGET: $ 75,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints around the house!
HOW IT WORKS
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION
HOUSINGPLUS
HousingPlus provides community-based housing and comprehensive services to New York City women in crisis, to support them in overcoming poverty, homelessness, and the effects of incarceration, and help them build stable lives.

Read more about the organization >>

How Your Participation Helps
Your support directly impacts the lives of those living with HousingPlus:

$50 covers nine round trip Metrocards to help HousingPlus tenants get to and from critical appointments.

$100 purchases towels and bed linens for an incoming tenant.

$200 fills a new tenant's kitchen cupboards with dishes, pots and pans, small appliances, cleaning supplies, utensils, and flatware.

$350 gifts personal welcome kits for 10 women entering our transitional housing program Liberty House from being previously detained Rikers Island.

$750 re-stocks our emergency food pantry at Liberty House for one month.

$1,000 buys 60 school-aged children backpacks and basic school supplies to start each school year.

$3000 furnishes a 2-Bedroom apartment for a new HousingPlus Family.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.