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Go Forward Team Ride This Saturday Oct 24

The Go Forward Team Ride to benefit the Forward Foundation is this Saturday October 24.  The team will ride from Bryan Park in Richmond to Ashland, around Ashland back for a total of 50 miles.  If people would rather not do the ride they can still help by doing an activity on their own or with friends and getting sponsorships or donations.  Get more info on registration, sponsorships and donations at ForwardFoundation.org.

More info and links.

Forward Foundation CEO Andrea Starr on the Good Eye Podcast

Go Forward Team Ride Course Map and Info

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Good Eye Podcast Ep44 Andrea Starr – Go Forward Team Ride

Today’s guest is Andrea Starr, CEO of the Forward Foundation.  Andrea and I talk about the upcoming cycling event to benefit the Forward Foundation which provides assistance and resources for single mothers in crisis.  The event is October 24th and will take place in two forms: the organized ride from Bryan Park to Ashland and back, and the virtual event which will take place virtually wherever participants want to do their activities.  Virtual participants can ride, walk, run, swim, dance or do just about anything they want as long as they sign up for the event and use the hashtag #goforwardtogether on social media.

This is the first Go Forward event, but the plan is to have it again next year and for years to come when we can hopefully all get together to support the Forward Foundation and celebrate.

 REGISTER HERE

LEARN ABOUT THE FORWARD FOUNDATION HERE

SEE THE ROUTE AND DOWNLOAD GPS MAPS HERE

 

 

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Go Forward Team Ride Course and Info

Click here to download a GPX file you can load onto your bike computer.

Click here to download a FIT file.

Who we are
The Forward Foundation (formerly known as The Sophie House) empowers single, working mothers experiencing crisis to build an independent, secure, and healthy future for themselves and their children. We have worked hard to thoughtfully design a program that fosters the resilience and independence of the women and families we serve so they can “move forward.”

Mission
“Empowering Action to Move Forward”
Empowering single mothers to move forward from crisis to a stable, independent future for themselves and their families

Our why
Navigating single parenthood is tough; even more so when dealing with financial hardship and minimal, or no support. Many of these women suffer in silence as they are too proud to seek assistance. These moms are used to being the “fixers” and taking care of others, so reaching out for help is challenging for them. We want them to know it is alright and there is support available to them. With one out of four homes in America being single parent households, and 81% of those being led by single mothers, the need is dire.

What we do
Qualified working, single mothers are eligible to receive subsidized childcare assistance and educational services. This aid allows them the opportunity to earn an income; hence providing stability and independence for their family

The mothers we serve often do not qualify for other community lifelines, such as rental and food assistance and childcare subsidies. They are often navigating the end of an unhealthy relationship, divorce, illness, or loss of a spouse that has precipitated financial crisis. During what can feel like a very isolating and uncertain time, we help single mothers take a step forward by helping them build community and gain valuable skills.

In conjunction with our collaborative partners, we equip our moms with vital resources and basic knowledge in the areas they need to best care for their children. Our in depth, comprehensive program prioritizes financial literacy, but also provides access to professional workshops centered around legal, career advancement, wellness, and life skills.

We work with financial advisors who offer individual consultation on saving, family budgeting, and long-term financial planning. There is a case manager on staff, and we are building a referral network of family counselors and attorneys. This network will offer affordable access to mental health services and legal consultation.

Milestones are set up for our mothers to meet throughout the year, as well as requirements to complete a certain number of volunteer hours per month. Upon completion of the program our mothers return as mentors to a new cohort of women. We believe it is crucial that they are as vested in their future as we are. We are providing them a hand up, not a handout

Event details
GO FORWARD Team Ride is a virtual, family friendly event that can take place anytime and anywhere you’d like between now and Nov. 1st.

Virtual participants have the option to ride (stationary bikes work too!), walk, or run. This is a great way for the whole family to get involved and we are encouraging participants to get creative. Your little ones can ride or walk laps with you in the neighborhood or local parks.

Follow us on LinkedIn, IG, Facebook, and Twitter. Share pictures of yourself and others with our hashtag #goforwardtogether.

Register and encourage others to join you by support you with a pledge of $1.00 or more per mile/lap, or a donation can be made directly to Forward Foundation via the donate button.

Buy a t-shirt

Make a donation

Sponsorship opportunities still available – contact Andrea Starr

This is a great opportunity for the whole family to get outside, breathe fresh air, spend quality time together, and move their bodies! The bonus is that you are able to support a local nonprofit organization in your community that assists those most in need.

Our team captain, Jay Smack, and his crew will be riding (50) miles from Bryan Park to Ashland and back on October 24th to raise money on behalf of the Forward Foundation. We will be sharing footage and photos on our social media platforms.

Why this event so important to us

Forward Foundation is working diligently to support, educate, and empower single working mothers and their children as they navigate through financial crisis. Our mission is still strong and we are committed to helping them achieve financial stability and independence.

Since the pandemic began we have increased the families we serve by 30%. We anticipate that those numbers will continue to rise.

Fundraising is a crucial part of our revenue stream, so getting creative and coming up with an idea that would allow for safe participation and social distancing was challenging. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic our last two fundraisers had to be cancelled.

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Good Eye Podcast Ep30 – The Forward Foundation – Andrea Starr

Today’s guest is Andrea Starr, Executive Director and CEO of The Forward Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to working with single mothers who have encountered a life-altering event and are now in crisis.  Andrea explains the many ways the Forward Foundation works with single mothers including financial assistance to help with childcare, workshops, education assistance, available programs and more.  She also addresses the added challenges their clients and the foundation face as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.  

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