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Here are some common questions and answers for the third annual 100 Miles for Hope challenge, taking place from March 1 through Sept. 5 (Labor Day) in 2022.
Q: What’s different this year?
A: This year participants register for $30 and receive a T-shirt and a finisher’s certificate for downloading upon completion of their miles. There also is the option to decline the T-shirt. All proceeds go to The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation.
Additionally, participants can track their miles on their own page on legion.org, and use a friendly portal for raising donations to support their effort. There are monthly fundraising challenges and incentives.
Q: Awesome, I want to participate! How do I get started?
A: To register, please visit the Emblem Sales web page.
Q: How do I track my miles and what activities count?
A: This year 100 Miles for Hope participants have two options to track miles on Legion.org. For those who have a device that tracks miles such as an Apple watch, FitBit and others, we are offering a way to sync them. Alternatively, participants can manually update their activities and the total miles will be tabulated.
Either way, there are dozens of activities to choose from such as walking, cycling, rucking, running, skiing, riding a motorcycle, canoeing, using a stand-up paddleboard and more. If you can’t find your activity, you can simply choose “other.”
Q: How does the fundraising part work?
A: We have developed a solution to easily encourage family members, friends and others to support your 100 Miles for Hope with a donation on your behalf. You can use the templated information to make the “ask” or customize your personal page. You are also able to set a goal that your supporters can help you achieve.
The system automatically tabulates donations and headquarters staff will review those to award the monthly incentives and when different tier levels are reached.
Electronic donations are the easiest way to contribute to the Veterans & Children Foundation via 100 Miles for Hope. There also is an alternative for those wishing to send in a check. When it comes to the monthly incentives, please note that those funds will be counted in the month in which they are received at National Headquarters.
Checks should be made payable to “American Legion Charities, Note: 100 Miles for Hope.”
American Legion Charities
100 Miles for Hope
P.O. Box 361210
Indianapolis, IN 46236-1210
Q: Where does the money go?
A: Just like previous 100 Miles for Hope challenges, all proceeds will go to The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation (V&CF).
The foundation provides critical support for disabled veterans, and military and veteran parents in unexpected financial crises. Funds raised during the 100 Miles for Hope campaign go directly to the V&CF. Those donations are used in two ways:
Providing training, education and resources to support 3,000 accredited American Legion service officers. These service officers work tirelessly to help disabled veterans navigate the complicated VA system so that they can obtain the care and benefits they’ve earned through their service. This is a free service and open to all veterans.
Dispatching aid to military families with minor children at home who are facing financial struggles through no fault of their own. Eligible families receive Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) grants that help cover their utility bills, rent payments, groceries and other needs.
Q: What are the monthly incentives for the top fundraisers? Is there an overall incentive?
A: This year, 100 Miles for Hope is offering monthly mini-challenges with incentives. National headquarters staff will review the donations at the end of each month and determine which participant garnered the highest donation total for the month. That person will receive the incentive for the month as a reward. There will also be an incentive for the top overall fundraiser determined at the conclusion of the challenge. Note: Any donations that are mailed in to National Headquarters will count in the month they are received.
March: Autographed Jimmie Johnson 100 Miles for Hope shirt. Winner: Chris Yates, Alvin Myo Dunn Post 365, Vista, Calif.
April: Autographed Tony Kanaan 100 Miles for Hope mini die-cast replica car. Winner: Chris Yates, Alvin Myo Dunn Post 365, Vista, Calif.
May: Autographed Tony Kanaan 100 Miles for Hope shirt. Winner: Mitchell Keil, Frank R. Stiles American Legion Post 125, North Adams, Mass.
June: Autographed Tony Kanaan 100 Miles for Hope hat.
July: Autographed Alex Palou 100 Miles for Hope shirt.
August: Racing helmet autographed by all three drivers.
There will also be something special for the top overall individual fundraiser for The American Legion 100 Miles for Hope in 2022, from March 1 through Sept. 5. The top fundraiser will receive four tickets to the INDYCAR race of their choice during the 2023 season. The recipient of the tickets will be responsible for their own transportation, lodging and other expenses.
Q: Will there be a special department challenge like there was last year?
A: Yes! And this year we have expanded it for the full length of the 100 Miles for Hope main challenge, all the way through Labor Day.
Just like last year, we are offering department vs. department challenges, divided up into categories by size. The department in each category that raises the most money will receive a plaque from the national commander. To ensure that your fundraising gets credited to your department, be sure to join its team. There are two ways to join or support a department or team.
1. Make a donation. To donate to your department, visit this page to find your department and then either click the link to go to your department donation page, or text your unique department code to 71777. After texting your department code, you will receive a link to donate to your department.
2. Fundraise. Go to Mobile Cause to sign up and then choose “Become a fundraiser” then select a team. All of the departments have already been created. If you would like to create a new team, please email email@example.com. To join a team after initial set-up, log back into your Mobile Cause page or type in app.mobilecause.com/vf/100MFH/YourName and select edit at the bottom of the page, then click Join a Team.
Departments have been placed in the following categories:
Florida and Pennsylvania
California, Illinois, Indiana, New York and Ohio.
Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin.
Arizona, Iowa, Georgia, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, North Carolina and Virginia.
Alabama, Colorado, Connecticut, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Washington and West Virginia.
Alaska, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, France, Hawaii, Idaho, Mexico, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming.
Q: Last year there was a special challenge for American Legion Riders. Is that happening this year?
A: Yes! And this year we have expanded it for the full length of the 100 Miles for Hope main challenge, all the way through Labor Day. This gives Riders individuals and chapters more flexibility in getting their miles in and raising donations, instead of the one-month challenge during the second year of 100 Miles for Hope.
American Legion Riders and chapters can also earn rewards throughout the challenge for their fundraising accomplishments. Here are the details:
Individual participants, including individual Legion Riders
Tier 1: $100 in donations
Reward: downloadable certificate from national commander
Tier 2: $250 in donations
Reward: coin from national commander
Tier 3: $500 in donations
Reward: plaque from national commander
Tier 1: $500 in donations
Reward: downloadable certificate from national commander and chairman
Tier 2: $1,000 in donations
Reward: plaque from chairman
Tier 3: $1,500 in donations
Reward: plaque from national commander