With in-person meetings and events cancelled, activity has slowed in the Campaign. However, groups are staying in touch with one another and their supporters through social media, Zoom, email, and phone calls, and some are finding creative ways to fundraise. Many groups across the regions have taken on sewing masks, either for donation to their local community or health authority, for sale, or just for friends and family.

The staff report that they have been overwhelmed by the response to COVI-19 Appeal and especially overwhelmed by the generosity of grandmothers, grandothers and Campaign supporters. Some groups have set up their own fundraising pages for donations to the fitness challenge, stride, solidarity and for direct donations to the SLF.

The Foundation is adapting the way they communicate and engage with groups and members – communicating more frequently by email, FB, video/phone calls. The Granny Bulletin will remain a monthly update, but in addition, they’ll be sending one or possibly two Voices e-newsletters. During this time of shut down, there has been an increase of participation of the Campaign Calls. The next call is 12:30 PM on Thursday, May 21st. This will focus on ideas for engagement, online activities and for groups to share how they are approaching and thinking about fundraising.

Since we can’t physically gather this spring, we’re invited to a virtual How We Work Zoom gathering where they will be going through the model for partnering with community-based organizations and the impact our partners are having in their communities. There will be two presentations in May but the dates are not yet set. Anyone who would like the details, please rsvp by email to campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org.

Lastly, due to the cancelling of in-person events, many groups and individuals who don’t typically do Stride are expressing interest in this year’s Virtual Stride. For this reason, there will be a general ‘Campaign Wide Stride’ team for members to join. Ujamaa Grandmas don’t have a stride team so this is a way that individuals can be a part of a larger team. In order to assist groups that are doing Stride for the first time, there will be an informational conference call to discuss how to do a virtual stride. That Stride Informational Zoom call will be on Thursday, May 7th at 12:30 PM ET.

Why not put these dates into your calendars now!

Thursday, April 30th, 2:00 PM ET – How We Work Zoom presentation
Thursday, May 7th, 12:30 PM ET – Stride Informational Conference Call
Thursday, May 21st, 12:30 PM ET– May Campaign Conference Call

For all dial-in details and to RSVP, contact campaign@stephenlewisfoundation.org

Thank you from Alison