How do you stay safe during a pandemic, raise money for a great cause, and get some exercise in on the side? Through the UNCF’s (United Negro College Fund) Virtual Walk for Education, of course! The new digital fundraiser replaces the annual in-person walk events that many of the UNCF local offices host each spring, summer, and fall, taking what’s typically been a market-by-market approach to a nationwide event.
Scheduled for 2 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 19, the revamped UNCF National Virtual Walk for Education aims to raise funds to support historically Black colleges and universities and the students they serve through the help of individuals, corporations, and other donor groups.
“For more than 76 years, UNCF has fueled HBCUs with vital resources to educate generations of African American and other minority students,” said Dr. Michael L. Lomax, the president and CEO of UNCF. “During an unprecedented time in our history compounded by COVID-19 and racial disparities, our students and institutions are faced with enormous challenges now more than ever. We are at risk of washing away a generation of talented and deserving African American and minority students.
‘We need as many donations as possible right now because the students we help now will be our next generation of doctors, nurses, biologists, virologists, epidemiologists—the pandemic frontline workers of the future,” Lomax continued. “We invite everyone in Atlanta to join our new National Virtual Walk for Education to help ensure better futures for us all.”
The digital fundraiser will honor local supporters, highlight UNCF HBCU presidents, and include a celebrity DJ spinning live. Participants will be able to engage in a celebrity fitness warm-up, including upbeat music to dance to, all in honor of supporting HBCUs and their students.
A recent UNCF survey of more than 5,000 students across 17 HBCUs found that many are dealing with difficulties such as sick family members, trouble paying bills, and general stress from the ongoing pandemic and recent protests against police brutality. Support is needed now more than ever as students and institutions are faced with challenges including COVID-19 and racial disparities.
Current national sponsors of the UNCF National Virtual Walk for Education include the Colgate-Palmolive Company, Essentia Water, and Arch Capital Group, LTD. UNCF member schools in Georgia include Spelman College, Morehouse College, Interdenominational Theological Center, Clark Atlanta University, and Paine College.
To learn more, to donate or to register for the event, please go to Uncf.org/Atlanta