Hot COCO Goes VIRTUAL This Year!
E-X-T-E-N-D-E-D TO NOV. 28

Hot COCO logo for virtual event 2020

Due to COVID-19 we offer a VIRTUAL event this year for our Hot COCO fundraiser. Now through Nov. 28!

You can REGISTER on the website of our race organizer JB Sports. Then run, walk or run with your kids anytime NOW through Saturday, November 28. Record your time, if you wish, and email Jody at JB Sports. She’ll add it to the database. All miles count! If you feel more comfortable, feel free to run/walk inside on your treadmill.

All participants receive a commemorative face mask with our running hot chocolate logo. It’s sure to be a collector’s item. We’ll also send you a race bib.

Hot COCO 2020 face mask for all 5K, 1-mile walk and kids fun run participants! Abilities Without Boundaries fundraiser.

Please consider joining us in this fun event. COVID-19 knocked out our opportunity to fundraise. Our annual Comedy Show and Wine Tasting were cancelled. Our Music Matters performance events are virtual only. This Hot COCO is it for this year.

Donations are appreciated in any amount . . . especially in these difficult times.

Sponsorship opportunities are on this page. We are depending upon our local businesses for their support again this year. Here’s the list of last year’s supporters.

We Need Your Support More Than Ever This Year!

Meanwhile, our financial needs have increased. When COVID-19 hit, we quickly pivoted creating AWB Online©, a daily Zoom class for our individuals who are staying “safe at home.” We now offer classes from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. But our technology investment is substantial and we need still more. We need staff and training.

For example, we’re finding out our older, reconditioned, laptops are not up to the task for Zoom meetings. We created Zoom studios at our facility with green screens. We hope to upgrade our lighting and sound. Our thought is that this “new normal” will be with us well into the foreseeable future.

We are doing all we can to support our individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Some of them understand what’s going on with the virus. Others cannot. Some can wear masks and social distance. Some cannot.

Imagine living through this in a group home with a half-dozen individuals with a single iPad among them. Imagine being stuck at home without really understanding why. One of our individuals said she, “couldn’t wait to come back and start shredding again.” (Our white paper shredding and recycling program offers the only employment opportunity for some of our individuals.)

Our expenses are higher due to COVID-19. We are taking extraordinary sanitation efforts to help protect the individuals in our care and our employees. We disinfect daily. We installed plexiglass shields in our transport vans. You can read more about our extra efforts here: COVID RESPONSE.

Please Support our Hot COCO

Please register for our event NOW through Nov. 28. Please ask your family, friends and neighbors to sponsor your run or walk. Those who raise $100 or more earn a complimentary Hot COCO entry! Create a fundraising page during online registration or later. All the tools are at JB Sports.

Donations are appreciated in any amount . . . especially in these difficult times.

If you have a company or know of one who can sponsor our Hot COCO, please click on this SPONSORSHIP LINK. Each year we receive wonderful support from Sponsors Like These from last year’s Hot COCO.

Hot COCO title sponsor logo for Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe, Attorneys at Law

Many thanks to our title sponsor, who is supporting us again this year, Ouellette, Deganis, Gallagher & Grippe Attorneys at Law.

Thanks to Gaylord Specialty Healthcare for their sponsorship. They prepared a special YouTube video to help you stretch and prepare for the HOT COCO!

Abilities Without Boundaries AWB individual working at our facility wearing her face mask for COVID-19 times.
AWB Online© program, Wally made brownies and shared with Tony and Linda, with masks and social distancing demonstrated