Updates as of April 17
Journey of Hope, Build America, Gear Up Florida Shift To Virtual
We spent the past few weeks working tirelessly to find a way to host summer events, while ensuring the safety of all participants. We’ve heard heartbreaking stories from our partners across the country of the profound impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has posed for communities.
Additionally, the current CDC guidelines for in-person events ends on carry over into the start of these events. Even if this guideline is removed, the timing does not allow us to react in order to conduct our programs as scheduled. Given the information we have about COVID-19, it’s expected impact well into summer, and states’ guidelines to prevent spread, we feel to proceed would put those who are so dedicated to the mission at a very high risk, especially with our partners who are often immunocompromised. As the coronavirus outbreak spreads, we cannot in good conscience proceed with the event as planned.
After consulting partner organizations, sponsors and participants, we determined that the best path forward this year will be virtual alternatives that provide opportunities to continue serving our mission in new ways. As such, we’ve now launched Virtual Gear Up Florida, Journey of Hope and Build America and made it open to any who want to register.
Updates as of March 19
The shared experience is one of the most important aspects of our organization; in order to be a good partner with your local volunteer organization, do your part to help them avoid exposing their participants to the virus. In order to help ‘flatten the curve’, we advise against conducting in-person friendship visits until the threat has subsided.
We encourage chapters to to find ways to engage partner organizations that don’t include face-to-face contact. In the next few weeks, we’ll be providing resources on creative ways to do this.
Events: At this point, we advise that chapters cease any in-person fundraising events until their respective campuses resume in-person activities. In light of this, we recommend that chapters shift any fundraising efforts online utilizing their chapter’s fundraising team on Classy.
Online: Chapters planning to support the Ability Experience this semester should refer to the Online Fundraising portion of our Resources Page for ideas, tips and templates.
At this time, we recommend chapters send in any outstanding funds raised from this semester, preferably through OmegaFi, ACH, or check.
Spring 2020 Programs
Out of an abundance of caution, all remaining Ability Camps for through May 2020 are cancelled.
Regional Team Trainings being held for 2020 Team Event cyclists have been moved to online trainings.