Covid Grant Update:
We apologize that we have not been able to update you sooner, everyday has brought new changes and we wanted to be overly thoughtful on our reboot plan.
Our mission started 10 years ago based on 4 core pillars: Nutrition, Fitness, Emotional Wellness & Community. This has not changed. What had to change was our plan of attack due to what COVID has presented.
The majority of our funding came from in-person events throughout the year and like everyone, everything came to a halt. We have worked endlessly over the past few months creating a fair and safe way to gear back up. Our funding is frozen and as we slowly start back up, each member’s grant will be contingent upon available funds and case by case sensitive information.
If you are a member that has answered your phone, email or text- you know about the Landing Zone. If not, please check it out, the CAL team and CAL coaches spent months building out this amazing platform. The Landing Zone is available to all members 24/7 regardless of your status in the program. There are hundreds of workouts, articles, videos and much more on all wellness/fitness disciplines and areas. Over the past month, CAL’S FREE fitness app has been added to the Landing Zone, which you are eligible for. Email Melissa Leuck, mleuck@catchaliftfund.
com for any questions about the app.
Read below to find out what to do according to your status:
For those on the WAITLIST (Approved but waiting to be funded)
When COVID hit there were 638 Veterans on the waitlist for both gym membership or equipment; some as long as 18 months+. This is always because demand outweighs funds. Once in the program and you follow the accountability criteria, you can be renewed year to year, thus creating the dreaded waitlist if the demand is greater than the funds.
As we move forward with virtual fundraising, we will serve member by member according to your approval date. I assure you we are working tirelessly to do so.
Answer these QUICK 8 Questions so we can learn your immediate needs & where you are with the COVID restrictions in your area.
Kaylee Nassiri knassiri@
catchaliftfund.com is your Veteran Outreach Coordinator. Contact Kaylee and she can help you find your status & answer any questions.
For those who are FUNDED (Funded by CAL but in a gym when COVID hit)
At this point you should have spoken with your Gym Coordinator, Rachel Forbes rforbes@catchaliftfund.
com . The CAL staff & Rachel have reached out to everyone multiple times. Your facility should have been frozen & accrued time added to your membership. Regardless if your facility is still closed, OR you are back in the gym- be sure to let Rachel know; failure not to do so could affect future funding. If you have questions about your facility please reach out to Rachel, but please be prepared with info regarding your facility’s current COVID policies. This has been most difficult because of the facilities opening and closing off & on.
For those who are FUNDED- 6 months status (Funded by CAL but in a gym when COVID hit)
The 2nd 6 months are currently being held and/or a case by case sensitivity. If this is your 3rd year & you did participate in the required Pay It Forward (3rd year members) & your accountability criteria is up to date, you are guaranteed funding. Please contact your Gym Coordinator, Rachel Forbes rforbes@catchaliftfund.
com for details.
For those with RENEWAL (Awaiting to be renewed)
Renewals are currently being held and/or a case by case sensitivity. If you did participate in the required Pay It Forward (3rd year members) & your accountability criteria is up to date, you are guaranteed funding and can be renewed. Please contact your Gym Coordinator, Rachel Forbes rforbes@catchaliftfund.
com for details.
I am extremely appreciative of your patience & understanding during these challenging times. You have all accomplished so much in the face of difficulty and I am grateful to help lead CAL to the next chapter along with each and every one of you.
As Cpl. Coffland would say, Keep it real.