In 2020, the Aevitas community decided that we can and should do MORE to help those in need in the Capital Region. After all, our gyms represent a large number of not only physically fit, but also extremely giving and caring individuals. We decided, “let’s use some of that power to help others!” and the Aevitas Community Action Committee was born!
Through initial discussions, we came up with the following mission statement:
Use our skills, knowledge, and manpower to create more opportunities for people in the Capital Region to increase their health and wellness
After coming up with our mission, we split into a couple of sub-committees for more streamlined communication. We were off to the races thinking of ways to make our little corner of the world a little bit better.
So, what have we done so far?
To keep the committee accountable, our plan is to report our achievements on a quarterly basis. Regular communication will allow us to work on small and larger initiatives and stay focused on providing real outcomes.
See What We Accomplished in Q3 2020:
October: Aevitas Triathlon at Round Lake!
Our initial donation estimate for this event was ~$700. HOWEVER, the Aevitas Community came in STRONG with some post-event donations, and we ended up sending a total of $1,000 to the local “Strong Through Every Mile” foundation, helping people get back on their feet right here in the Capital Region!
We plan to partner with STEM for future 2021 endeavors since we believe in their cause and impact so much. Stay tuned for how you can get involved in the Spring and Summer!
October: Local Weightlifting Event at Guilderland!
This would be not our first, but second “Mock” Weightlifting Meet of 2020. In February, we held a similar event at our Round Lake location (read about that fun event HERE!).
This time around, we made a weightlifting meet that worked with all of the current COVID restrictions and precautions. And it turned out to be a lot of fun! Athletes from several area gyms joined us to pick things up and put them down. Registration fees were gathered, and proceeds were donated to a local breast cancer support organization, To Life!
This event was not only a lot of fun, but we also raised a big chunk of change – over $700!
Read more about the October Mock Weightlifting Meet right HERE!
December: Annual Skinner Memorial WOD
This has been a staple event for our Round Lake community for several years now. In 2020, we got both locations in on the action! Like years past, proceeds from the event were donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
However, in 2020, instead of just going through the national AFSP campaign, we organized with the local chapter. By doing so, not only did the money we raise stay in the region, but we made some valuable local connections with people striving to help others!
This year’s event raised over $1,200 for the local AFSP! That’s not even counting any day-of donations that were made to the representative!
Huge thanks to Sandra at AFSP for helping us out with this event, and helping us organize and run future events to help this very important cause!
Read more about this year’s Skinner WOD event right HERE!
December: Local Giving Campaigns at Both Gyms!
December (and the holiday season) brings out the giving spirit in all of us. This year, we decided to try out a couple of different local giving campaigns, to directly benefit local families in need.
Guilderland Food Pantry Tree
In Guilderland, we set up a Food Pantry Donation Tree. Each week, members purchased items and placed them in a box under the tree. On Saturday, the items were delivered to the Guilderland Food Pantry, located in the very same plaza as the gym! We also provided a donation box for cash or check donations, and a few people decided to give in that way instead. It’s difficult to say exactly how many items were donated (we did not count each week), but we do know it was a significant help to the local Food Pantry, and we plan to continue to support them year-round!
Round Lake Chamber Angels Tree
In Round Lake, we paired up with the Saratoga Chamber to create a Chamber Angels Tree. On the tree were ornaments decorated by local children, indicating an item on their wish-list. As this was our first year participating, we decided to try for 30 ornaments. Well, within the span of mayyybe two weeks our community members answered the call, and all 30 gifts were brought to the tree! With such an overwhelming outcome, we plan to participate with this campaign again next year, and plan to increase the number of ornaments so we can help even more local families!
Check out more details of our December giving campaigns right HERE!
What’s in the works for 2021?
We have more ideas that we are getting excited about and can’t wait to implement! Stay tuned for what’s in store!
Have some great ideas, or want to become a part of the CAC?!
We’re ALWAYS open to new ideas to help us on our mission of improving the health and wellness of everyone in the Capital Region! If you have a great idea, or want to become a part of the Committee, please let us know! Just drop us a line through email, or the Contact Page here on the website.