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The Stampede Cares ‘Stampede’ Challenge Benefits Metropolitan Family Services

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A little healthy competition among coworkers works to motivate one another and it’s an added bonus when the team is working together towards a shared goal – raising funds to support a nonprofit organization. And that’s exactly what 40 Stampede team members did this past month. They biked, ran and walked as many miles as they could to raise money for Metropolitan Family Services.

Metropolitan Family Services mission aligns with Stampede Cares mission statement by helping low-income families in the Chicagoland area with a wide variety of services that are designed to strengthen and empower them. Services include early learning, afterschool tutoring, job readiness programs, counseling, mental health services and legal assistance.

Two team members came up with the idea for the challenge. “Planning a virtual fundraiser event was the easy part. Gaining the miles and keeping up with my teammates during the actual event was the challenge!”, shared organizer and top 10 winner Henry Wiencek. “We presented the idea to our Stampede Cares Committee and what started off as a simple idea – 31 miles in 31 days, quickly grew into thousands of miles when the company graciously donated $1 for every mile that someone recorded passed the original 31 miles.”

The team members used Android/iOS app to create and track the private challenge. There were several avid cyclists that joined, and every 3 miles of biking equated to 1 mile of running/walking. Together they covered over 3,000 miles in one short month and raised over $3,000.00. “Metropolitan Family Services is pleased to be the beneficiary of Stampede Cares’ “Stampede 2020″ initiative.  Your support and extra miles are helping Metropolitan to empower more than 95,000 of Chicago-area families and are especially valued in times when our communities and nation face significant challenges. Thank you for helping families to safely learn, earn, heal and thrive,” said Metropolitan Family Services CEO, Ricardo Estrada.

So, if you’re looking for your next virtual company event, consider a challenge like this to help motivate your team towards a shared goal and improve company culture.  1, 2, 3, GO STAMPEDE!