The Longest Day is the day with the most light — the summer solstice. On June 20, thousands of participants from across the world come together to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s through an activity of their choice. Together, they use their creativity and passion to raise funds and awareness for the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association.
While participation in The Longest Day may look a little different this year due to physical distancing, the Alzheimer’s Association has plenty of fun ideas you can do at home to engage family, friends and coworkers.
IDEAS FOR YOUR AT-HOME OR ONLINE FUNDRAISER
SPORTS AT HOME
Create your own sporting event using supplies from around the house, and ask friends to do the same from their homes. For example, set up a putt-putt course or a bowling lane with plastic bottles as pins. Over video conference, participants can donate to compete and vote for the titles of MVP, best-designed course, best-dressed player and more.
Lead an at-home workout, yoga routine or cardio dance class over livestream and ask for a donation to attend. Or, up the ante with a workout challenge on social media. Ask for donations per jumping jack, or offer to eat a hot pepper if you reach your goal during the livestream. Challenge others to top your record for sit-ups, lunges, miles run, etc. If they decline your invitation to sweat in solidarity, welcome a donation instead.
PARTIES AND EVENTS
Karaoke, talent show, happy hour, trivia — nearly any gathering can be hosted online! If you and your friends are performing over video conference, take song requests in exchange for donations. If you’re hosting a Netflix watch party, encourage participants to donate what they’d usually spend at the theater.
ARTS AND CRAFTS
Use your skills to virtually teach a class, such as drawing, crocheting, crafts for kids or a makeup tutorial. Wine and paint nights also work well over video conferencing. Attendees can make a donation to join the fun, and you can auction off the finished product to the highest bidder.
COOKING AND BAKING
Instead of a cookout, invite friends and family to teach others how to make a favorite recipe over video in exchange for a donation. Or, host a live cake decorating contest where votes are cast by making donations. The cake with the most donations wins!
CARDS AND GAMES
Bridge, Mah Jongg, video games, board games and even puzzles can be played online with friends and family. Ask participants to make a donation to play, offer prizes to winners and encourage donation bets to raise money.
Source – The Alzheimer’s Association