Even though Race Weekend will be going virtual in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you still have a chance to make a difference.
The running community has always been synonymous with support and generosity. Each of you run for your own reasons and causes, and today, our local communities need your support more than ever before.
People who live in poverty, homeless youth, seniors, and many others are at-risk during these unprecedented times. Mental health challenges are affecting us all. And those incredible volunteers—those generous people who are out there trying to help—they also need our support. You have the chance to show your local love during this global crisis.
By joining and fundraising for team United Way East Ontario, you will help provide:
- Basic needs – Ensure people have access to life’s essentials, such as food.
- Help for seniors – Ensure that while vulnerable people are isolated, they are also supported.
- Capacity for community services – Ensure that community partners can continue to do their vital local work.
- Mental health support – enabling crisis lines and system navigation services.
- Support for volunteers – there are amazing people rallying to support others—they need our help too.
As the situation evolves, so too will the needs of our communities. As you care for your family and those closest to you, we urge you to think of the people who may need support adapting, or those who need special attention while in self-isolation. For more information about getting help, volunteering, or United Way’s response to COVID-19, please visit our website.
We will get through this together. Thank you for your ongoing support.
How to Join
Even though Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend is going virtual, you can still sign up online to run here. Five dollars from your registration will be donated to back to United Way East Ontario’s response to COVID-19: Local Love in a Global Crisis.
During your registration, you’ll be given the option to join the Charity Challenge. Be sure to select this option and choose United Way East Ontario as your charity of choice! If you’ve already registered, you can still join our team by following the steps outlined in our FAQs.
Once completed, you’ll receive a personal fundraising link and a profile that you can customize. Be sure to check out our tools and resources below to make fundraising a breeze!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
STEP 1: Sign in to Race Roster. Once signed it, choose the “View teams” menu item on the left-hand side.
STEP 2: Search for United Way East Ontario and select the button that says “Join Team”.
Participants that join our Charity Challenge team will receive a unique experience unlike other charities. Our team of experts will give you personal fundraising advice along the way and will equip you with all of the tools that you need to be successful.
Scotiabank’s generous support of the Charity Challenge covers all administrative fees associated with the online fundraising tools. This means 100% of the funds raised through the Scotiabank Charity Challenge at Tamarack Ottawa Race Weekend goes directly to the charities!
Yes, everyone who makes a donation of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt.
There is no minimum fundraising amount, but we encourage participants to aim to raise $100 to support our region’s youth substance misuse challenges.
By fundraising, you will help vulnerable seniors, provide basic needs and life essentials, ensure the social services sector can continue to offer their vital services, strengthen mental health services and support our communities’ incredible volunteers. You can learn more about United Way’s response to COVID-19 here.
We want to make it as easy as possible for you and equip you with everything you need. So be sure to check out our tools and resources on this page to support your fundraising.
It’s exciting to think about the size of your social network, and what change you can make possible by inspiring them to care about the cause that’s so near and dear to your heart.
The donations you raise through the Charity Challenge will provide basic needs and life essentials for those struggling in light of COVID-19, ensure the social services sector can continue to offer their vital services, strengthen mental health services and support our communities’ incredible volunteers. Here are some tips:
- Leave no stone unturned!
- Family: Brother, sister, mom or dad. Ask at least one of them for a $25. You never know, they might donate more!
- Friends: What are friends for? Well, in this case, they can give you $20 to help your goal.
- Co-Workers: Ask one co-worker to help support your goal by donating $20.
- Neighbours: Ask two of your neighbours for a $20 donation each.
- Don’t forget – you can also make a donation yourself!
- Get creative! In addition to this simple fundraising activity, there are all sorts of fun ways you can raise money as a team or individually—think bake sales, garage sales or even a chili cook-off.
- Get social. You can also use social media to increase your donations by using the assets we’ve provided below.
- Share why you care. Above all, with everything that you do, don’t forget to share why you care and why this cause is important to you.
- Thank your donors and supporters. It’s so important that when someone gives you a donation, you thank them for their support. You can also follow-up after your run and tell them how it went!
We’ve created a couple of shareables you can use:
To help you along your way, here are some social media posts to get you started:
Support me in my #RunOttawa2020 as I run in support of the work @UnitedWayEO is doing to help our community’s most vulnerable in light of #COVID19. [Insert personal fundraising page link]
I’m running for @UnitedWayEO to give our region’s most vulnerable people what they need to adequately adjust to how COVID-19 is affecting their lives: http://ow.ly/aW4I50z7T2p #RunOttawa2020 #runScotia
We want an army of supporters on our side helping vulnerable people across our region during their unprecedented times. Here some social media posts to encourage your peers to join team United Way East Ontario.
Even though #RunOttawa2020 is going virtual, you can still make a difference. Go virtual with me and support @UnitedWayEO’s efforts to help our community’s most vulnerable people during these unprecedented times. Join our team by following this link, $5 of your registration will support this important local work: https://raceroster.com/24011?aff=D2YLM
Subject: Help our community during this global crisis
As a proud resident of the Ottawa Region, I’ve seen how our community is rising to the cause to support those most in need during these unprecedented times. We’ve witnessed grassroots groups form, businesses adapting to meet our needs, neighbours helping neighbours and volunteers stepping up.
While Race Weekend is transitioning to a virtual experience, we still have a chance to make a difference.
That’s why I’m continuing to support our community through United Way East Ontario’s response to COVID-19.
The money we raise together will help vulnerable seniors, provide basic needs and life essentials, ensure the social services sector can continue to offer their vital services, strengthen mental health services and support our community’s incredible volunteers.
We’ve been there for one another through floods, ice storms—even tornadoes.
Today, we need to rally together more than ever before.
To find out more about how your donation makes a difference, visit www.unitedwayeo.ca/covid19.
I hope you can make a donation today to support this important cause: [PERSONAL FUNDRAISING LINK]
P.S To find out more about how your donation makes a difference, visit www.unitedwayeo.ca/covid19.
Subject: Let’s Run Virtually, Together
While Ottawa Race Weekend is going virtual in light of COVID-19, I will still be participating in the Charity Challenge to support the work United Way East Ontario is doing to help those most vulnerable during these unprecedented times.
This global pandemic has shifted the realities of all aspects of our lives. From work, school, to our relationships with family and friends, our communities are learning to adapt. By partnering with United Way, I know I’m capable of making a difference.
I know this is important to you too, [NAME]. So would you be interested in joining team United Way East Ontario and participating in the virtual run?
If you choose to join our team, your support will help local vulnerable seniors, provide basic needs and life essentials, ensure the social services sector can continue to offer their vital services, strengthen mental health services and support our community’s incredible volunteers.
I hope you can join me! You can sign up using this link and $5 from your registration will be donated back to United Way East Ontario: https://raceroster.com/24011?aff=D2YLM