Welcome to Good Grief's Steps to Resilience
Steps to Resilience, Good Grief's Virtual 5K Event, is taking place from May 9 to June 7, 2020. Throughout the four-week event, we will provide you with tools and resources to help build resilience. At a time when so many of us are coping with stress and uncertainty, Steps to Resilience is a unique opportunity to develop the skills necessary to build resilience when navigating adversity in our lives.
In addition to building resilience, we hope you will join us in raising awareness and critical funds for the thousands of grieving children and families who use our free programs and services each year. Our families need our support now more than ever during COVID-19.
We will come together, virtually, on June 7th to celebrate the courage of grieving kids and to honor their loved ones who have died. We look forward to taking steps toward a more hopeful and resilient future together!  #Steps2Resilience
Event Details/FAQs
What is a Virtual Event?
A virtual event is an online event that involves people interacting in a virtual environment, rather than meeting in a physical location. Virtual events allow participants the flexibility to participate on their own schedule, and in their own way. The goal of Steps to Resilience is to build a more hopeful and resilient virtual community while raising the funds critical to providing Good Grief's free and unlimited services to grieving children and families.
What is Resiliency?
Resiliency is the process of adapting well in the face of adversity or significant sources of stress. It means being able to "bounce back" after difficult experiences or situations by learning and developing new behaviors, thoughts, and actions that make you socially and emotionally stronger and wiser. Building resiliency is particularly important in the face of COVID-19 because we are all dealing with fear, anxiety, grief, isolation, and a disruption to our daily lives.
What is Steps to Resilience?
Good Grief's Steps to Resilience is a virtual reimagining of our 2020 5K Run and Walk for Hope. The event will run from May 9 to June 7, 2020. Resilience, much like a muscle, needs to be built over time to grow stronger! Participants will challenge themselves and others to earn steps each day, build teams, and do and share meaningful and fun activities. Steps to Resilience is an opportunity to fill each day with victories and milestones, no matter how big or small, while creating community at a time when isolation and loneliness are all around us. Let’s step into a more hopeful and resilient future together.
How Long is the Event?
The event is four weeks long and runs from May 9, 2020 to June 7, 2020. You can register and join the event at any time during this time frame, and participate as often as you would like. On June 7th we will come together virtually to celebrate the courage of grieving kids and to honor their loved ones who have died.
How Do I Register?
You can register for Steps to Resilience here! Or go to our home page, and click the "Register" button.
How Much is it to Participate?
The registration fee for Steps to Resilience is $5.00 per person. Current Good Grief participants have the option to register for free!
I've Registered. Now What?
Check your email!
You will receive two emails from Good Grief. One is a receipt confirming your registration, and the other contains instructions for setting up your Steps to Resilience Walker Tracker account and how to access and customize your Wizathon peer to peer fundraising page.
What is Walker Tracker?
Walker Tracker is a health and wellness step tracking platform that will allow Steps to Resilience participants to easily track their daily steps and activity, build teams, challenge themselves and friends, participate in group and individual challenges, and share experiences.
After registering for Steps to Resilience, create your Walker Tracker account and help us build a resilient and hopeful online community! For more detailed instructions on setting up your Walker Tracker account, please visit: Walker Tracker Set Up
Does Steps to Resilience have Teams?
Yes. When you register at Wizathon for Steps to Resilience, you can either register as an individual, join a team, or create a team! The choice is up to you. Walker Tracker also supports teams and team challenges, so gather your friends and family and build a Steps to Resilience super team!
Can I Step In Memory or In Honor of Someone?
Absolutely! We have created a special Steps to Resilience Memory Bib you can use to celebrate your loved ones as you step! You can download and customize the bib with the name of your person who died, or the person you are honoring. You can customize as many bibs as you would like over the course of the event. The bib can be accessed here: Memory Bib Template

I Joined Steps to Resilience After the Kick Off! What Did I Miss?
You can join Steps to Resilience at any point during the four week period and get caught up! Visit our Building Resilience web page to see all of the skills, actions, shares, and fundraising tips you missed. We will update the page regularly, so check back often!
How Do I Share My Steps to Resilience Photos with Good Grief?
We would love to share photos or videos of your Steps to Resilience experiences! Attach them in an email and send them to Malena at malena@good-grief.org. Be sure to include your name, a couple of details about the photo or video, and your contact information. Please note! If you share your images or videos, you are giving Good Grief permission to publish them across all of our platforms, including, but not limited to, our website and our social media platforms.
Do I Have to Fundraise?
During this time, our community needs Good Grief's services more than ever. We must continue to be able to provide virtual programming and support groups for the over 1,100 individuals Good Grief serves, and your donations help us deliver uninterrupted support to these families. Your generosity also allows us to develop resources to support our schools and our entire community during the COVID-19 pandemic. To view Good Grief's COVID-19 resources, please visit our website!
Steps to Resilience is a peer to peer fundraising event, and we ask each of our participants to commit to raising at least $100. The overall fundraising goal for Steps to Resilience is to raise $100,000.
Peer to Peer Fundraising 101
Your personal fundraising page on Wizathon makes it easy to get started on your Peer to Peer fundraising goals. Login to your Wizathon account from the home page. Wizathon will walk you through the steps to set up your page. You can then easily share your story with your friends, family, coworkers, and your network. Your efforts help us to raise both funds and awareness for all of the grieving children and families in our community.
Peer to Peer fundraising is easy - and FUN! Follow these simple steps and always direct people to your Wizathon fundraising page. 
Want more details on Wizathon and setting up your page? Visit Participant FAQs for more details.
Peer to Peer Steps
Ask - Email, social media, calls, texts - it doesn’t matter how you ask, it just matters that you do!
Get Social - Connect on social media to fulfill your fundraising goals. Use the hashtag #Steps2Resilience.
Tell Your Story - Share why you fundraise for Good Grief and why you are involved with Steps to Resilience.
Bring Us Along every “step” of the way! Livestream your walks, runs, and activities. Share your progress toward your steps and fundraising goals! #Steps2Resilience
Set and Share Goals for yourself along the way. Example: When I reach 50% of my steps/fundraising goal, I’ll dye my hair blue, shave my beard, wear all pink for a day, etc.
Follow Up - Send reminders and don’t be afraid to ask again.
Thank Everyone, Often - Find a reason to say thank you to your network, and always send a thank you to everyone when they make a gift and at the end of Steps to Resilience.
Want more details on being a successful FUNdraiser? Download our Peer to Peer Fundraising Toolkit and get started today!
Are Gifts to Steps to Resilience Tax Deductible?
Yes. Good Grief, Inc. is a federally recognized 501(c)3 organization, Federal Tax ID #20-0514996, and as such all gifts made to Good Grief are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowable by law.
Ways to Get Involved
Start or Join a Team
Sponsor Steps to Resilience
Spread the word
Step, step, step, step
Share on social media #Steps2Resilience
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Did you miss the Steps to Resilience Launch Video with Joe and Alonso?
Will Good Grief offer an in-person 5K Run and Walk for Hope in the future?
We will be back and better than ever on Sunday, June 6, 2021! We look forward to your participation in our virtual 5K this year.
Have a Question Not Answered Here?
Contact Heather Goodman, Steps to Resilience Event Manager
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