Like most non-profits and many small businesses, STRIDE has been hit pretty hard by the current pandemic situation. All of our programming involves transformative in-person experiences and we’ve had to cancel everything to meet the state and federal mandates for non-essential business. I hope this message will bring clarity for you to understand what we’re prioritizing and how our staff and budget are directly impacted.
The world we know has changed. But STRIDE staff is facing adversity and will overcome it through the same principles we teach to all of our participants: STRIDE Creed (Condensed) : I will …always stay positive. I will not say or think the words "I can’t"….I will …have strong character. If I fall, I will get up…. I will be there to lift (teammates)physically and emotionally. I know that what I do reflects on STRIDE, my parents, and my community who support me.
I did not furlough any staff. Megan, Pat and I work remotely, while Joe continues to maintain our office by working there alone. As you probably know, we operate on the good graces of individual donors and fundraising. During this time, we had to cancel the Great Race, and reinvent the upcoming 5K race to become virtual.
We have been awarded the PPP Cares Act Loan for 60 days Payroll with thanks and help from Pioneer Bank. (See More...)

Mary Ellen Whitney, CEO