But, Barker said, people can still participate in a number of ways.
Friends of The Floating Hospital and sponsors can join our efforts by registering through an event fundraising portal and walk any time starting Oct. 1 with all goals to be met by Oct. 31. Supporters can make an individual donation and/or encourage their personal and work networks to walk safely together and raise support as a team.
To keep in the spirit of the walk and in good health, we encourage fundraisers to organize their own treks with friends, family, neighbors in any way, shape or form they wish: around the neighborhood, on a treadmill or a trail, in a park. The first 250 people to register before Sept. 10, will receive a free T-shirt that shows you’re walking in solidarity with New York City’s most vulnerable families. Snap photos while you walk, send them to us, and we’ll share them on our social media and newsletter.
How to walk with us
Visit thefloatinghospital.org/walk-for-families-2021/ to register yourself or your group. Adults can enter for $25, which will be applied toward their fundraising goal of $150. Teens under age 18 can enter for $15, to be applied toward their goal of $75.
How your support helps
Funds raised during the October walk will directly service our patients—86 cents of every dollar. Currently, we’re raising funds for a new vaccine clinic and community center that ensures access to health for all families living in shelters and other transitional housing. Last year, The Floating Hospital served nearly 20,000 patients, turning away no one, and providing a continuum of care during the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was a time when we really saw how much the community depended on us, when they had few other places to turn,” Barker says. “We don’t know what the future will bring, but we want to ensure we are a part of it for these families as their true medical home.”
Generous sponsors who’ve signed on so far include: presenting sponsor Wunderman Thompson Health, and event sponsors Alera Group, Greiner-Maltz, Lamb Financial Group, Mediterranean Shipping Company, Charlene Prounis and UNFCU.
Register today and receive your free Walk for Families 2021 T-shirt. For more information, please contact TFH’s Walk event team at TFHwalkinfo@thefloatinghospital.org or call 718-784-2240 ext. 215.