Community means so many different things: it means the physical place where we live – whether that’s a rural route, a town or a street in a huge city. And it can also speak to people who share something, whether that’s related to work, family or life experience. Most of us belong to a few different communities.

Steps for Life – Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy taps into all those definitions of community. You can participate in an event in your physical community, join together to raise funds with your work community, or gather your like-minded support community to get behind your Steps for Life efforts.

In 2020, we watched a national community blossom online as people from East to West shared their personal commitment and fun activity to support Steps for Life’s COVID-19 version. For 2021, we’re ready for anything: some communities may be able to have traditional in-person walks, while others may need to stick to smaller get-togethers or individual activities. Some people may not have a community walk close by, or may simply prefer to do Steps for Life their own way. All the options are open and welcome. No matter how we participate in 2021, #WeWalkTogether.

Threads of Life held its first fundraising and awareness walk in 2005 (Fifteen years! We can’t believe it!) Those who’ve walked with us over the years will see a change for 2021. There will be no registration fee to participate in Steps for Life next spring. Instead, this year we will ask you to register by donation. We hope this will allow more people to participate, and we also hope it will encourage more of you to fundraise as part of your Steps for Life experience.

Your personal donation at registration time can be the first in your own fundraising campaign. Funds from Steps for Life provide close to a third of Threads of Life’s annual budget – they make a major contribution to services like family forums, Volunteer Family Guides, our quarterly print newsletter, and training for volunteer speakers. When you register for Steps for Life, you make a powerful statement about your commitment to health and safety, and to families affected by workplace tragedy. And when you fundraise for Steps for Life, you help Threads of Life turn that commitment into action.

A little or a lot – it all goes to help families.

Mark your calendar today for the first weekend of May 2021. And watch for registration to open in February!

Susan Haldane
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