Journey of Awesomeness (JoA) for COVID-19 Relief

The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically altered our world. Unemployment is at record levels and many Coloradans cannot even afford the basics for living, including food for their families. Here’s how we can all help.

You can support the challenge as a participant or a donor.

Participants 

  1. Sign up as a fundraiser to set up your personal fundraising webpage – Or donate to the Team Evergreen webpage
  2. Recruit at least 3 friends or family members to join your own virtual ‘peloton’ group of riders and fundraisers.
  3. Plan your ride: Ride (run/walk) 200 cumulative miles during the month of June. Ride however you can: road, mountain, gravel, indoor trainer, Peloton, whatever/wherever, and log your own miles. 6.7 miles/day will get you there. 200 miles and 20k vertical in a day is showing off!
  4. Donate and raise $$s for the Food Bank. $21 feeds 4 people for a week. What can you and your friends contribute?? Ask friends to donate and direct them to your personal fundraising page to make the donation. Keep track of the campaign’s fundraising HERE
  5. Connect and share your ride. We will roll out various social platforms to keep us connected during the ride like Strava’s JoA Club HERE

More details for participant sign up and fundraising HERE

Donors

If you can’t participate in the ride, please donate. Go to the donation page and choose Food Bank of the Rockies HERE

The Journey of Awesomeness (JoA) is a group of cyclists from Virginia who have ridden 207 miles over a hot weekend in June for the last 5 years, raising over $500k for various charities (our story is HERE). This year we have expanded to Colorado and are riding for 3 COVID-19 relief charities: Food Bank of the Rockies (Colorado, Wyoming), Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (Virginia), WorldServe International (water wells in Africa).

More about Food Bank of the Rockies

Founded in 1978, Food Bank of the Rockies is one of the largest private hunger relief agencies in Colorado. Their story is HERE.

During the pandemic, Food Bank of the Rockies and their partners are distributing food to twice as many people as they normally do, and especially in harder hit areas, like mountain communities, they are seeing up to 5 times the number of clients.  They’ve been able to increase meals from 4.5 million in March of 2019 to 5.6 million this past March. Because donations from their grocery rescue program and other food donors are down, their organization has had to purchase about 40% more food to make up for lost donations and increased demand. This is by far their biggest expense. They are anticipating a conservative estimate that they will need to spend $16 million over the next six months to meet the demand. While they do expect some federal funds and grants to cover some of their costs, they will need to rely on generous members of their community to help them continue to reach those in need.

How does your money help Food Bank of the Rockies? See HERE

Food Bank of the Rockies is a 4-star (highest rating) Charity Navigator Charity, Platinum Guide Star Charity and a BBB accredited Charity.

Visit their website HERE.

If you have questions, please contact John Ferguson

John.ferguson@sclhealth.org

Mobile (434) 465-0177