Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the Virtual Walk for Change. If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at events [at] barcc.org or 617-639-0610.
Virtual Walk for Change - Frequently Asked Questions
Why are we doing a virtual Walk instead of rescheduling a live one?
April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and the Walk for Change is a survivor-centered event focused on healing, uniting the survivor community, and raising funds to support BARCC’s free services and programs. Given all the information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the World Health Organization (WHO), it is unclear when rescheduling will be a viable option.
Recognizing that the Walk is part of many survivors’ healing journeys and something they look forward to sharing with their loved ones and the BARCC community, we wanted to make sure we created a space and place for survivors during this important and symbolic month. We are going to strive to make this virtual event as inclusive, uplifting, and meaningful as possible. We want to create a space where survivors can still gather and feel supported, while creating some positivity and (virtual) connection for our communities during the current situation.
Are we still fundraising?
Yes! BARCC’s costs associated with staying operational as we seek to meet the complex needs of survivors during this unprecedented crisis mean that the funds raised through the Walk for Change are more critical than ever.
What does a virtual Walk mean?
The Virtual Walk for Change will be an online experience. We are excited to create a safe, accessible, meaningful, inspiring, interactive, and engaging event that brings together the BARCC community in support of survivors, especially during these difficult circumstances. If you have ideas for ways we can achieve this, please let us know by e-mailing events [at] barcc.org!
What does this mean for survivors?
We understand that the Walk is a meaningful day for survivors and their loved ones to gather together to celebrate their strength and healing. We are committed to developing a safe and meaningful virtual event that will create a similar sense of community and togetherness. If you have any ideas or resources to help with this, please e-mail us at events [at] barcc.org.
You are still accepting new registrations. What does this mean given the Walk is now virtual?
By registering for the virtual Walk for Change, you will be helping to sustain BARCC’s free and comprehensive services for survivors and their loved ones. Registering shows survivors that you are here for them during this difficult and uncertain time. Additionally, only registered participants will receive a commemorative T-shirt, updates regarding the virtual Walk festivities, and access to exclusive Walk for Change event content.
I paid for a full registration, what if I want a refund?
If you are unable to attend the Virtual Walk, we hope to count your registration as a donation to support our free services, which are still operational in these unprecedented times. And, you’ll still get a cool T-shirt! If you would like a refund, please e-mail Jen Clifford at jclifford [at] barcc.org, and she will be happy to help you.
How long after the event can my donors give?
Donations for the Virtual Walk for Change will be accepted until June 30, 2020. Funds raised are used in the current fiscal year. BARCC has increased operating expenses associated with keeping our free services available during the COVID-19 pandemic, making these funds more crucial than ever.