1/50 veterans return home with a physical disability 1/5 is affected by a traumatic brain injury or PTSD 22 veteran suicides occur every day
2016: We will serve 232 veterans and 30 survivors of the fallen 2015: We served 150 veterans and 27 survivors of the fallen 2014: We served 100 veterans and 21 survivors of the fallen
95% of No Barriers participants say “This changed my life”
WHO WE ARE
No Barriers Warriors empowers veterans with disabilities to overcome barriers and unleash their potential. We do this through transformative, experiential learning in challenging environments for veterans with disabilities and survivors of the fallen. Simply put, No Barriers Warriors expeditions and other experiences provide a place for our participants to push themselves, both physically and mentally, and connect with other veterans in order to reignite their passion and purpose in life. We believe in harnessing adversity and reminding our participants What’s Within You is Stronger Than What’s in Your Way.
The No Barriers Life, a curriculum based around the No Barriers Life Elements, differentiates our experiences from the typical outdoor trip. We use these elements to help remind our participants what’s inside of them is stronger than anything in their way.
On an experience, veterans may learn skills such as how to safely navigate a glaciated mountain or cook a mean backcountry meal, but at the end of the day, if all we taught them was how to climb a mountain, we failed. What makes us unique is the ability to transform lives and help these brave men and women look to their future with purpose and passion.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Support No Barriers Warriors by participating in our annual Walk with the Warriors fundraiser and show our veterans they are not alone in their journey. If you don’t want to join a team, please consider making a donation in honor of the brave men and women who have served our country. We hope you’ll notice our Gold Star rating with Guidestar and that in 2014, 89 cents of every dollar directly supported the populations we serve.
Learn more about No Barriers Warriors by visiting our website. Here you can meet some of our warriors and find information about our 2016 programs.
Customize your page with information about why you’re fundraising for No Barriers Warriors - what it means to you to support our troops, and provide updates throughout your campaign so your donors see how involved you are. Most importantly, don’t forget to add a photo!
MAKE THE FIRST DONATION
Start your fundraising efforts off strong and lead by example; Making the first donation sets the precedent for others to give. Any amount is a great start. Your donation puts dollars on your page immediately and seeing your name next to those dollars reminds people that you are passionate about this cause and truly helping our nation's veterans.
Using your social media and networking platforms are a great way to spread the word – think about your Facebook/Twitter/Instagram followers and your LinkedIn connections! Use these platforms as a way to share stories and updates and then be sure to directly email your networks with a direct link to your fundraising page.
Keep in mind when you’re posting that posts don’t need to be a donation ask; share heart about why are you walking and your networks will see these messages and remember your email ask.
Your family, coworkers and friends outside your inner circle all have the potential to give. Remind them that any amount is appreciated. Ask your company if they will match your funds raised; Many companies have an employee match program you can tap into. You can also ask your employer if your fundraiser can be highlighted in the next newsletter!
Think about approaching community groups, sports leagues, local businesses to participate and local companies you do business with (your grocery store, hair salon, etc.)
THANK YOUR DONORS
When you receive donations from your social network, thank them publicly by tagging them in post.
Send out personal emails to thank your donors and keep them updated on your fundraising. Sharing a photo after the walk with an update on your final fundraising is a great way to show them their donation was both impactful and meaningful to you. Be proud!
In appreciation of your fundraising support, and thanks in part to our wonderful partners, WWTW 2016 has great swag included with our fundraising milestones.
$100: Upon raising $100, you’ll qualify to receive a Walk with the Warriors T-shirt. Show your pride and walk in style with this Tasc Performance short-sleeve tee. You will be able to pick up your shirt at your local Walk’s registration. If you’re a part of the virtual Hometown Honor Walk rewards are mailed at the completion of the campaign. Please note we will do our best to accommodate sizing based on your registration form. Official Rules Coming Soon..
$250: Raise $250 and you’ll be emailed a promotional code to redeem a FREE Fitbit. Thanks to our Fitbit partner, all of our warriors participating in 7-day expeditions are outfitted with tracking devices to help them train and monitor their fitness. Sport/wear your Fitbit in honor of WWTW and be Warrior Strong while you train! Keep it as a memento of the difference you are making with each step you take and dollar you raise. Watch your email for instructions on how to order your Fitbit. Official Rules Coming Soon.
If you already have a Fitbit, you can gift this to a family member or friend! You can reach out to us at WalkwiththeWarriors@nobarriersusa.org to donate your Fitbit reward to a warrior.
$500: When you raise $500 you’ll receive an exclusive No Barriers Swag Bag. Show your support for No Barriers at the grocery store or farmers market with this convenient tote that compacts down into an attached pouch. But that’s not it! It’s stuffed full with a No Barriers reversible waterproof/fleece blanket, Warriors hat, sticker and Walk with the Warriors water bottle. Official Rules Coming Soon.
$1,000: Rock out in a chic No Barriers pullover when you hit this milestone! A long-sleeve medium weight pullover from Tasc Performance is the one of the most comfortable and fashionable pullovers you’ll ever own - you’ll never want to take it off! Official Rules Coming Soon.
Q: What is Walk with the Warriors? A: Walk with the Warriors (WWTW), previously Walk with the Soldiers (2014), is a national campaign created by No Barriers USA to show the veterans of the No Barriers Warriors program that they are not alone in their journey.
Every year we come together to raise money for the veterans with disabilities we serve. In 2016 we will serve 150 veterans through the No Barriers Warriors program. All experiences offered through No Barriers Warriors are cost-free to the veteran. The average cost per veteran is over $4,000 to fully fund each participant so every dollar you raise gets us closer to serving another veteran and impacting the lives of those around them.
This grassroots fundraising effort, in partnership with Crowdrise, an online fundraising platform, travels to local communities for a series of Hometown Walks. At our Walks we offer a family-friendly environment that builds camaraderie among an existing community to rally support for our nation’s veterans.
WWTW also has a virtual walk – ANYONE can join! While everyone can't be with our warriors on their No Barriers experience, you can show your support by joining the Walk with the Warriors campaign as a virtual walker - walk with friends, family and co-workers in your own community and be a part of a nationwide effort supporting veterans with disabilities and their families.
Q: How do I participate? A: Locate a walk in your community and register! When you signup you will have three options – join as an individual, join/create a team and fundraise only. If you are not able to attend your local walk, select the “fundraise only” option to show your community support.
Q: There are no Hometown Walks in my community. How do I participate? A: You can still be a part of the Walk with the Warriors campaign by joining our virtual Hometown Honor Walk. The Hometown Honor Walk takes place on 9/11 when everyone from our WWTW community will walk 5-miles in honor of our nation’s veterans. Wherever you are, inside or outdoors – pledge to walk 5-miles, snap a photo in action and join the movement to support veterans with disabilities.
Q: How do I personalize my fundraising page? A: Go to the Edit My Fundraiser tab. Here, you should edit the text to tell your own story about why you are walking, how it touches your heart, and why it matters. You can also upload photos to help tell your story. Share your personal goal and ask people to help you reach your fundraising goal while supporting the men and women of our armed forces.
Q: What if I can't reach my fundraising goal? A: Every dollar matters. By joining the team you are committing to do your best to reach your goal. Many will exceed it. No Barriers is committed to helping everyone achieve their fundraising goals. We’re here to help and it’s easier than you think with our fundraising tips and tools that you’ll receive via email communications, as well as find in the “Fundraising Tips” tab above. We also have milestones and scheduled contests set up to keep everyone pushing toward their goal.
Q: How do I qualify for Rewards? A: At its core WWTW is a fundraising campaign because we are committed to keeping this important work cost-free to all of our veterans. Without your help this program would not exist; your efforts matter. To show our thanks we want to give you cool swag when you reach fundraising milestones. Every milestone ($100, $250, $500, $1000) is designed with our walkers in mind! See the “Rewards” tab above to learn about the specifics. If you are participating in a hometown in-person walk, rewards are distributed at registration. If you are walking virtually in our Hometown Honor Walk, your rewards will be mailed to you in late September.
Q: Are donations tax exempt? A: Yes, all donations benefit No Barriers USA programs. No Barriers is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. No goods or services are provided in exchange for your generous financial donation. Learn more about No Barriers programs by visiting NoBarriersUSA.org. Everyone who makes a donation will receive a thank you email via our Crowdrise platform thanking them for their donation which includes your receipt for tax purposes.
Q: What is the No Barriers’ Warrior Strong Pledge? A: Supporters and participants of WWTW are asked to take the Warrior Strong Pledge. It’s your personal commitment to honor the men and women who have served our country:
I PLEDGE to respect, support and honor our veterans for being an example of courage and strength both in their service and their transition back home. I promise to follow their example and become warrior strong. I will always remember that no matter what barriers I face, what's within me is stronger than what's in my way.
Once you take the pledge, be proud and share it. Let your networks know that you took the #WarriorStrong pledge and joined Walk with the Warriors to support veterans with disabilities.
Q: Can I bring a Hometown Walk to my community? A: Absolutely! We are currently seeking corporate partners that want to promote a culture of community, health & wellness and active participation, along with having a strong desire to support America’s veterans. Please contact Kelly Wagner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Who can participate? A:Walkers of all ages and abilities are welcome to join us. The route includes paved and unpaved sections but is stroller-friendly. Participants must be in 7th grade or older to attempt rock climbing and high ropes courses at Fort Snelling Base Camp.
Join No Barriers and the Twin Cities community as we Walk with the Warriors Saturday, June 11 at 9 AM.
Rally your friends, family and colleagues to walk for No Barriers Warriors, honoring not only veterans with disabilities but all of the brave men and women who have, or are currently, serving our country.
No Barriers Warriors, a program of No Barriers USA, improves the lives of veterans with disabilities through curriculum-based experiences in challenging environments. All experiences are cost-free to the veteran and we need supporters like you to help us raise funds so we can continue to impact the lives of more veterans and their families.
There is no registration fee to participate in the Walk however we encourage all walkers to set a fundraising goal. The average walker raises $200 - beat the average and earn great rewards while supporting our nation’s veterans. The first fundraising milestone in which you are eligible for rewards is $100.
TIME: Registration opens at 8 AM; Program and Walk kick off at 9 AM; then walkers will enjoy an inspirational program where you'll hear more from No Barriers and the veterans with disabilities we serve. Rock climbing and ropes courses at Fort Snelling Base Camp are open throughout the day!
DETAILS: This event is an in-person walk to expand support of the national Walk with the Warriors campaign and reach our supporters' communities. The 5K route begins at Fort Snelling Base Camp and continues through Fort Snelling State Park. Participants will hear an inspirational message from No Barriers Warriors alumni and have the opportunity to attempt rock climbing and high ropes courses at Base Camp. (*Must be in 7th grade or older to participate in rock climbing or ropes courses.)
Warriors to Summits, a team of 13 warriors sponsored by Wells Fargo, embarks on a life-transformative journey to the Wind River Range of Wyoming on June 11; join us and walk in their honor as we support these veterans by showing them they are not alone in their journey. They will be walking an average of 5-miles per day on their expedition - walk this 5K in their footsteps and meet some of our No Barriers Warriors Alum along the way.
HOW TO REGISTER: Welcome to the No Barriers USA (“NBUSA”) registration. The participant or the parent or legal guardian (collectively “parent”) of a minor participant (minors are those under 18 yrs. of age in Colorado) must complete this online registration to participate in the Hometown Walk.
This system allows you to electronically register for the Hometown Walk, access, read and complete information, and sign an Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks & Release and Indemnity Agreement (“Document”). Please understand that your signature is valid and legally binding whether you choose to electronically sign, or manually sign a printable version of this Document. *If you would prefer to complete this registration manually and/or sign a printable version of this Document, please contact us at WalkWithTheWarriors@nobarriersusa.org to request a paper copy that you can read, complete, sign and return to NBUSA.
Once your registration is complete, you will receive an e-mail from NBUSA that contains your completed registration information and your electronic signature. That e-mail will contain a link to the Document, if you would also like to access and download/print a copy of it for your records. Your final acceptance and participation in the Hometown Walk is contingent upon NBUSA’s receipt and review of your completed registration and the signed Document.
Questions? Email us at WalkwiththeWarriors@nobarriersusa.org