Fitnessing While Social Distancing
Social Media is known for its pros and cons— especially during a pandemic. It can be a watering hole for self expression and opinion sharing.
I have been teaching live, in person group fitness classes since 2015 and as soon as PA began to shut down businesses and initiate stay at home orders in the attempt to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, I immediately had to think of a way to continue offering classes. My certifications permit virtual teaching and I began offering 4 classes per week mid-March and continue to offer them presently via Live streaming through Social Media. My students wanted to pay for the service I was providing, but it didn't feel right, I knew this could be expanded further.
People were helping others left and right, trying to make a difference, they wanted to raise money and to support each other. I initially found a woman who was making Covid-19 Care Kits for nurses and healthcare workers. I opted to give those who were enjoying my classes the opportunity to donate to various Covid-19 efforts in lieu of payment to me with 100% of proceeds being donated. I was immediately able to donate 7 cases with a portion of the money going towards local food banks. Then I saw local news continuing to report the desperate need of support for Food Banks. This is where the GCU comes in. I remembered that the GCU had initiated the new GCU GoGive! Direct Program. They would match up to $100 of my direct donation so I immediately chose the Greater Allegheny Food Bank, made my direct donation and the GCU quickly acknowledge that my donation was matched. Thanks to the GCU GoGive! Direct and of course to all of those who have donated through my fitness classes, I have been able to give over $1000 of donated money to Local Food Banks.