October 13th—20th is YWCA Week Without Violence. Gender-based violence is not any one thing, it’s a spectrum of violence which includes, but is not limited to intimate partner violence, sexual assault, trafficking and harassment.

We invite you to join us in taking the 1st step and speaking out against ALL types of gender-based violence. The YWCA is encouraging people to literally take a step, walk, run, bike in support of raising awareness and help put an end to these crimes. Post a selfie of you and your family participating with the #1stepdarien.

Please plan on joining us the afternoon of Sunday, October 20th to mark the end of the campaign, recognize all of you who have taken the first step and to remember the victims of gender-based violence.

COMPLETED: 99 miles
TARGET: 2,100 miles
RAISED: $ 620
TARGET: $ 7,500
Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Set-up iOS or Android app using your registered email.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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How Your Participation Helps
A percentage of all funds raised will benefit the Rowan Center and their direct services to victims as well as the education, advocacy and prevention work of the YWCA Darien/Norwalk.
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?

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.

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.