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Last year we served 752 children. Help us continue to make a difference!

As we prepare to celebrate our 35th anniversary, we know the next twelve months are critical and we need our VIPS supporters even more. Please help us during this challenging time by continuing your existing pledges or donations. If you are not a monthly donor--now would be a great time to initiate a monthly gift. The families we serve depend on our teachers and we depend on you to help us in our critical mission to provide early intervention to every child with blindness or low vision.

Learn more about how VIPS is moving forward with our services in spite of COVID-19.

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Join us virtually OR in-person! Either way, we need your help!

Get those walking shoes on!

Join VIPS Indiana for the Walking for Dreams Family & Pet Walk on Sunday, August 16, 2020! All funds raised through the event will help VIPS continue to provide critical early intervention services to Indiana's babies and toddlers who are blind or visually impaired and comprehensive support to their families. This event will be virtual AND in-person so that you can participate however is most comfortable and safe for your family!

Walking for Dreams was already postponed from May and sponsorship dollars are down due to COVID. We have no idea what the economic future for VIPS looks like because of the pandemic but the mission of VIPS needs to go on regardless. Kids are counting on us so this is why we are asking for your help. Let's make Walking for Dreams 2020 our most successful year yet!

How can you help?

You may do ALL of the following by going to www.walkingfordreams.org whether participating in-person or virtually

  • Sign up to walk, start a team or join a team! By signing up, you are committing to walk--on the canal with us, or in your own neighborhood, at a park or wherever you choose! You can virtually participate from anywhere and we all need some fresh air so sign up! Then what? Start raising money! Set a goal amount and start asking family, friends, co-workers, neighbors or strangers to donate on your behalf!  They can donate through the WFD website or if it's easier to create a Facebook fundraiser--that works, too.
  • Make a general donation. We get it. Not everyone will want to attend this fundraiser or participate virtually but making a donation will make an impact. Every dollar counts!
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In-person participation

  • Please register online prior to the event to minimize gathering at the check-in table. Register at www.walkingfordreams.org.
  • The walk kicks off at the White River Canal near the former Buggs Temple in downtown Indianapolis.  (337 West 11 Street between Meridian and Dr. Martin Luther King Drive. ) You can even bring your dog!
  • Check-in will be from 1:30 PM to 2 PM. VIPS is the first organization taking off from the starting line, so we will begin walking promptly at 2 PM.
  • To ensure everyone's safety, masks will be passed out to all walkers, hand sanitizing stations will be present, and start times for participating nonprofits will be delayed by six minutes to space out walkers along the canal. Fortunately, VIPS will be the first to start. We ask you to help us protect others by social distancing at a minimum of 6-feet during the walk.

Virtual participation

  • Register at www.walkingfordreams.org.
  • To join the walk virtually, you can watch the VIPS Facebook live stream that will begin promptly at 2 PM. We will be live-streaming the walk from the White River Canal in downtown Indianapolis. We'd love for you to join us virtually to say where you are walking or why you are walking on behalf of VIPS, you can tell your story as a parent of a VIPS child, or even just say hi!  Let's connect.
  • Be sure to take pictures of you and your family and friends walking wherever you choose to participate; whether in your neighborhood, an outdoor path, or on your treadmill. Post it and tag VIPS and use #VIPSWFD2020 so we can see ALL the walkers supporting Indiana's youngest children with blindness/low vision!
  • If you cannot join us at 2 PM on August 16, you may walk whenever you are able! The walk is typically about 45 minutes or just under a couple of miles. Still, remember to tag VIPS in your photos with #VIPSWFD2020 no matter what day you walk so you are counted towards our total walkers for the event!

Register or make a donation today!

Start or join a team, register as an individual, family or group or make a donation to support VIPS today!

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