Fundraising Ideas

You’ve written your letter, sent your emails, your company will match your donation and you still want to do more? Here are some ways:

  • Make Your Own Donation
    Set an example for your team members and supporters.
  • Hold a Wrap-Around Event
    A wrap-around event is any fundraiser that your team organizes to raise funds for the walk. Wrap-arounds provide additional and fun ways to increase awareness and fundraising. All expenses for wrap-arounds are incurred by the fundraiser.
  • Build a Fundraising Team
    Invite everyone you know to join and register. A team can come from anywhere – work, friends, family, place of worship, civic groups, etc.

Wrap-Around Examples

PPL’s 10 Relay Teams organized the first ever “PPL Cupcake Wars.” More than 30 cupcake competitors vied for top prizes like Best Tasting Cupcake and Best Looking Cupcake. Cupcakes sold for $2 each and PPL donated more than $1,300 to Via! Need help getting started? We have everything you need in our Fundraising Tools.

Raffles – Hold a pay-day 50/50 at work. On pay-day, sell tickets for $1, $5, or $10. Winner receives 50% of the pot and your fundraising drive receives the other 50%. You can also secure a few donated items and raffle them off instead.

Potluck Lunch – Solicit volunteers to cook up their favorite dishes. Sell $5 tickets for lunch to your co-workers.

Sales – Encourage your friends and coworkers to hold a bake sale, car wash, used book sale, rummage sale or other “special sale” and donate the proceeds to Via.

Casual Day or Jeans Day – Hold a “Dress Down for Via” day at work. Allow individuals the opportunity to wear jeans for a donation to Via. Is your company already business casual? Then “Dress Up for Via”!

Pennies for “team name” – Have a collection jar for people to fill with their loose change.


How to get involved

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2021 St. Luke’s Via Marathon Will Not Take Place

March 22, 2022 (BETHLEHEM, PA) – Via announced today that the 2021 St. Luke’s Via Marathon will not take place this fall due to the uncertainty surrounding the possibility of safely holding a large event that takes more than a year of planning and significant resources to execute.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has led us to take make difficult decisions important in allowing us to continue to fulfill our mission of helping people with developmental and intellectual disabilities reach their full potential within new financial and safety constraints,” said Lisa Walkiewicz, President and CEO of Via of the Lehigh Valley.

“Over the last 12 months, we have worked diligently to ensure that the essential services Via provides for individuals with disabilities and their families remain in place.  It is vital that Via concentrates on its core mission and focus on continuing to support the most vulnerable members of our community.”

“The planning for the St. Luke’s Via Marathon is a year-long endeavor.  With the uncertainty of the past year, we simply could not dedicate our limited resources to planning an event that could be canceled by factors outside of our control at any time.  Therefore, we have made the difficult decision not to hold the St. Luke’s Via Marathon this year.”

“We understand why the St. Luke’s Via Marathon cannot take place this year,” said Ken Szydlow, Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer of St. Luke’s University Health Network.  “We are proud to partner with Via of the Lehigh Valley to ensure that people with developmental and intellectual disabilities live fulfilling lives as vital members of our community.  We will continue to support this mission and hope other sponsors of the Marathon join us.”

“We are so thankful to all of our community partners who have stepped up to directly fund our services during this crisis,” Walkiewicz said. “This financial support has helped us weather this storm and we know we will come out of this stronger.”

Participants who have deferred from 2020 to 2021 will have the option to convert their registration fee to a 100% tax-deductible donation to Via of the Lehigh Valley or request a refund.  Runners who have deferred to 2021 or signed up for the Double Half Challenge will receive an email with further information. 

About Via of the Lehigh Valley

Serving our community since 1952, Via helps people reach their full potential.  Via provides services to 1,250 children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in Lehigh, Northampton, Carbon, Monroe, Bucks and Berks counties.  These services include vocational exploration, community employment, educational activities, volunteer and recreational opportunities for teens and adults, and early intervention therapies and inclusive education for young children.