Updates as of March 1
For many people with disabilities, a sense of isolation can already be a part of daily life. COVID-19 has only exacerbated their sense of social isolation. Many organizations that serve the community have either been forced to cut staff or are still trying to navigate how they can serve their clients while keeping everyone safe.
Ability Camps postponed for the Spring. While we have had some conversations with a few of our camp partners, we have decided to postponed all Ability Camps for the Spring. If your chapter is interested is helping to organize an Ability Camp for the fall, please contact your Regional Director.
A few chapters will be volunteering individually with a nearby camp this spring as a “Day of Service” to help camps prepare for the summer. If your chapter is interested in possibly volunteering at a camp in your area this spring, please contact your Regional Director.
For chapters that have local volunteer relationships, we encourage you to work with your organizations to identify opportunities to continue to serve. Should the organization not already have plans for safe social interaction, we encourage you to plan virtual friendship visits. See our Best Practices Guide for sample virtual friendship visit resources for ideas and direction. If you need guidance or need to leverage Ability Experience’s technological platforms to host virtual events, contact your regional director.
For chapters without local volunteer relationships, we are offering recurring virtual friendship visits with our partner organizations throughout the fall. All students and alumni are encouraged to participate in our virtual bingo, karaoke, campfires and dance parties. Visit our friendship visits page to find upcoming events and reserve a spot for your chapter.
While many chapters typically host in-person fundraising events each year, there continue to be many restrictions and uncertainty due to COVID-19 that make it more difficult than ever to host a traditional fundraiser. We continue to encourage all chapters to avoid planning large fundraising events especially those with upfront costs that would result in a loss of funds should the event be cancelled.
TAKING YOUR FUNDRAISING VIRTUAL
- In some cases, traditional in-person fundraising events like Bike-a-thons, War of the Roses, Ability Weeks can be shifted to a virtual format with the right planning. Work with your Regional Director to stay up to date on how chapters across the country are adapting this semester.
- Peer-to-peer is often the most low-effort, high-impact form of fundraising when enough chapter members are willing to participate in email / social media campaigns or phone-a-thons. See our Virtual Peer-to-Peer Fundraising resource for samples and ideas.
- Get your chapter signed up for one of our national fundraising events this fall…
- Gaming tournaments that pair members with our partners in the disability community. National tournaments take place at least once per month, but your chapter can also leverage our platforms to host your own.
- Registration for each tournament counts toward chapter fundraising and registrants also have the option to fundraise.
- This exciting, fun chapter fundraising competition returns mid-March! Rally your chapter’s members to move through the tournament bracket and become March Mayhem National Champions!
#TeamAbEx Virtual Series Underway
Celebrate the abilities of ALL people from the comfort of your home or a local outdoor trail. Our virtual events are a great way to support our friends with disabilities across the country and a fun way to train for other events (or just a good excuse to safely get outdoors for a walk, run or roll). Upcoming virtual events in March and April. Sign up today!
We are currently planning on an in-person race at Colfax Marathon in Denver, CO on October 16-17. Check out Ability Experience Challenges page for the most up-to-date race information.
JOURNEY OF HOPE AND GEAR UP FLORIDA APPLICATIONS STILL OPEN.
Applications for are now open for Gear Up Florida and Journey of Hope. Crew positions are also available and can be used for internship credit. To see more details or recommend a brother, visit our interest page or apply now.
Our staff is also hosting virtual Team Event Interest presentations for any chapter that wants to learn more about the programs and what opportunities they offer. These 20-minute presentations give an overview on the experiences and answer any questions your chapter may have. Schedule yours here or contact your Regional Director.