Vermont Association for the Blind Raises Funds Through Family-Oriented Scavenger Hunt

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A question from the Great Brave Little State Challenge - COURTESY OF VABVI
  • Courtesy of VABVI
  • A question from the Great Brave Little State Challenge
The coronavirus has put a kibosh on most in-person fundraising events, so some organizations are getting creative when it comes to soliciting donations.

The Vermont Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired, a Burlington-based nonprofit, has developed a family-focused scavenger hunt for those who make a donation of $15 or more to the organization. The Great Brave Little State Challenge gives participants the opportunity to discover new things about Vermont through online research, code cracking and exploration, said director of development John Thomas. He said the $15 donation threshold was decided upon because it is less than the price of admission to the Champlain Valley Fair, which was canceled this year.

The 135 questions in the challenge touch on topics including people, places and things of Vermont; nature and the environment; food; the arts; and politics.  Local luminaries including Grace Potter and Sen. Bernie Sanders got involved in its creation by offering questions they thought should be included and, in some cases, filming videos.



Thomas explained that the challenge allows for participants to complete at their own pace, and it's designed so people won't get stuck. It can also be done as a competition between families or classrooms. Visit vabvi.org to get started.

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