Fellow Sunrise Rotarian Cathy Oloffson shares the following message:
I hope this email finds you all healthy and well during these very surreal times. We’re throwing a virtual party for Easterseals Heroes and need help celebrating the children and families served by Easterseals Central Illinois.
In June, we’re celebrating with children who have developmental delays, disabilities and special needs with the first-ever *2020 Virtual Easterseals Hero Walk. * In response to the pandemic, Easterseals translated *Hero Walk 2020 (formerly known as Walk With Me) into a virtual event. The attached PDF “Easterseals Hero Walk Timeline” explains how we will celebrate with Easterseals kiddos and their families. From June 1-6, children receiving services from Easterseals will enjoy pre-planned experiences they can participate in from the safety of their homes.
I’m reaching out today to ask you to volunteer to celebrate Heroes here in Bloomington-Normal. We seek volunteers to deliver meals on Wednesday, June 3 and participate in a honking parade on Saturday, June 6.
Please visit the Sign-up Genius and choose a time to help celebrate the progress our amazing kiddos have made in the past year.
Craving connection with others?
This is a great way to connect with friends, family and coworkers during a time when it’s been hard to do so. Your commitment will make a difference for children served by Easterseals. In these uncertain times, it is more important than ever to ensure children can receive the services they need to be 100% Included, 100% Empowered.
Want to do more than volunteer?
Fabulous! Donate to any of our community or hero teams now at esci.link/herowalk
To stay on top of what is happening with the event:
Visit our Facebook Event and select “Interested” or “Going.”
Let me know if you have questions.
Stay healthy & well,
More Details About the Hero Walk Week
Virtual Hero Walk June 1 – 6, 2020 | Celebrate our Easterseals Heroes!
Mon., June 1: Character Day
Easterseals Hero families have the choice of picking up their Hero Box of Fun from either the Peoria Service Center or the Bloomington Center and being greeted by a character, or having an Eaterseals representative drop off their box to them at their house.Heroes will receive a cape to decorate, among other weekly activity supplies. A celebratory yard sign will be posted in the Hero’s front yard. As you celebrate, whether you’re an Easterseals Hero Family or a member of a Community Team, please snap pictures and capture video moments! Post these on your social media accounts using #HeroWalk2020!
Tues., June 2: Pattern Day
Wear your favorite pattern (stripes, polka dots, plaid, etc.). All Easterseals Heroes are invited to a virtual “Bubble Up” at 2 p.m. Go outside to blow bubbles, dance and sing. Easterseals Heroes will reach out to their “Dynamic Duo” partner (another Hero with whom they’ve been partnered) to talk and share about Bubble Up adventures.
Weds., June 3: Happy Day
Community Team members will deliver McDonald’s Happy Meals to Easterseals Heroes and their families. While there, volunteers will write messages to the Easterseals Heroes on their sidewalks and driveways (e.g., We are proud of you! Way to go!, etc.) Be sure to snap a pic of your Hero and/or Community Team and post to social media.
Thurs., June 4 – Cameo Day
Personal video messages will be delivered to Easterseals Heroes. Hero families will record their Hero watching the Cameo and post their reaction online. Heroes will decorate their superhero masks.
Fri., June 5 – Scavenger Hunt
Easterseals Heroes will don their masks and capes and venture outside to explore their neighborhoods. Easterseals Dynamic Duos will be encouraged to participate in this activity together over the phone and/or talk about it with one another afterwards. Sat., June 6 – Event Day Zoom Meet Up & Hero Walk: We will host a virtual Zoom meeting at 9:30 a.m. so all Heroes can see their peers and share the fun. We’ll kick off the meet up with a few remarks and share a culminating video featuring videos and pictures from throughout the week. Following the Meet Up, Community Teams, family & friends are encouraged to drive by their Heroes homes and honk, clap, cheer for the progress their Hero has made. Specific times to follow.