UPDATED AND REVISED ON MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2022:

The One Hour Swim will be happening this winter! We received guidance directly from USMS to hold the One Hour Swim virtually. This guidance is available on the USMS website here.

For the past 3 decades, we have held a fundraising drive tied to our participation in the USMS One Hour Swim. We kicked off our 2021-2022 One Hour Swim Fundraising Drive right before Thanksgiving! Donations will be accepted until February 28, 2022. Registration is open if you are interested in swimming the one hour swim. More information about our fundraising drive is available below. We do not yet have an in-person one hour swim scheduled on the calendar because of a lack of pool availability at this time. If you are interested in swimming in a joint in-person one hour swim, please reach out to us at: ohs@tnya.org

The Alliance also welcomes winter coats and other donated goods. The Alliance, in partnership with DonateNYC & New York Cares, is just one of the service organizations in the city that serve as a drop-off location for winter coats and other donated goods. DonateNYC has a comprehensive list and map of all of the drop-off sites in their network. If you would like to donate goods, feel free to stop by the Alliance during drop-off hours, or stop by any DonateNYC network drop-off site to make your donation. Please note that, because of the success of the DonateNYC & New York Cares winter coat drive, the Alliance often has a surplus of coats by mid-December. The Alliance usually has a greater need for winter hats, winter gloves, winter scarves, gift cards and toys for Christmas gifts for kids in need.

What Is the one hour swim?

Every winter for the past 31 years, we participate in the USMS ePostal National One Hour Swim Challenge (OHS). We use the challenge as a fundraiser to raise money for community organizations that support the LGBTQ+ community. Not only do we challenge ourselves to see how far we can swim in an hour, we also get pledges and donations for causes that matter. We first participated in OHS as team in 1990 during the height of the HIV/AIDS crisis, and the money raised was used to pay medical bills for members of our team fighting the epidemic. Nowadays, we donate the proceeds to LGBTQ+ community organizations. Past beneficiaries have included the AIDS Service Center (now the Alliance for Positive Change), the Ali Forney Center, SAGE, and other important community organizations.

fundraiser Beneficiaries

This winter, our beneficiaries will be the The Alliance for Positive Change & the Team New York Aquatics!

The Alliance for Positive Change, formerly the AIDS Service Center NYC, helps New Yorkers living with HIV and other chronic health conditions get the medical care, peer support, and housing assistance they need to achieve health, happiness, and stability. 50% of the proceeds from our 2022 OHS will be donated to the Alliance for Positive Change.

Not only has the Alliance been providing vital services for the most vulnerable in our community for 3 decades, they were also on the front lines with providing relief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alliance just launched their new fundraising drive with the goal to raise $125,000 for their operations in the next calendar year.

For more information about the Alliance, visit their website at: www.alliance.nyc

The remaining 50% of the proceeds from the 2022 OHS will be used to support our (Team New York Aquatics) programs. COVID lockdown and COVID restrictions since our reopening have made our operating costs skyrocket. We remain dedicated to keeping our programs operating and keeping our rates at the current level. We hope to fill the gap with fundraising like 50% of the proceeds from the 2022 OHS. For more details on our fundraising efforts in the past 2 years, see our recent press release about fundraising here. For general information about our organization, see our history here.

REGISTRATION & PARTICIPATION

This year, due to the pandemic, our OHS Fundraising Drive will be run virtually. Unlike in recent years, USMS has scheduled the 2022 OHS to run from January 1 to January 31. USMS may extend the period to officially participate in the 2022 OHS, but, at this time, you must complete your OHS by January 31 to officially participate in the USMS campaign. There is no registration requirement for the OHS this year, however, if you would like for your participation to be officially recorded with USMS, you must register with U.S. Masters Swimming and submit your results as per instructions provided by USMS. USMS has not yet provided a registration page for the 2022 OHS. Last year, USMS required registration through ClubAssistant. As soon as USMS has provided a registration page, we will update this page with a direct link.

We are mindful that not everyone has access to a pool at this time due to the pandemic. You do not have to swim to participate in this fundraiser. You can engage in any physical activity, or simply fundraise to support our beneficiaries (more information on beneficiaries and the fundraiser below). If you are going to make arrangements to swim the One Hour Swim on your own, please follow the guidance provided by USMS here.

We do not yet have an in-person one hour swim scheduled on the calendar because of a lack of pool availability at this time. If you are interested in swimming in a joint in-person one hour swim, please reach out to us at: ohs@tnya.org

FUNDRAISING & SUPPORTING THE CAUSE

In the past 2 years, TNYA raised almost $25,000 from hundreds of donors. We would like to raise more than $20,000 this year. Here are two easy and effective ways to fundraise:

  1. On the TNYA’s MightyCause fundraiser page, click “Join This Event” to create your own fundraising page (you can personalize the standard language provided). It’s a fast, easy way to share information about OHS, and it gives donors a quick way to donate online. Add a picture or video for better result$$$!
  2. E-mail friends and loved ones with a pitch. Here is a sample pitch letter that you should feel free to adapt and share with everyone you know.

Thank you for participating, fundraising and volunteering! We could not make the OHS a success without you! If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at: ohs@tnya.org

WINTER COAT DRIVE & OTHER DONATED GOODS DRIVE

The Alliance also welcomes winter coats and other donated goods. The Alliance, in partnership with DonateNYC & New York Cares, is just one of the service organizations in the city that serve as a drop-off location for winter coats and other donated goods. DonateNYC has a comprehensive list and map of all of the drop-off sites in their network. If you would like to donate goods, feel free to stop by the Alliance during drop-off hours, or stop by any DonateNYC network drop-off site to make your donation. Please note that, because of the success of the DonateNYC & New York Cares winter coat drive, the Alliance often has a surplus of coats by mid-December. The Alliance usually has a greater need for winter hats, winter gloves, winter scarves, gift cards and toys for Christmas gifts for kids in need.