St. Joseph County Walk

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St. Joseph County Walk Information

Date: 09/21/2024
On-Site Registration Starts: 9:00 am
Program Starts: 10:00 am
Location: Howard Park, South Bend, IN
Contact: Angie Pickenpaugh (she/her/hers) & Cindi Laskowski
Contact Phone: 574-383-2223
Contact Email: &

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Walk Day Details:

Our community walk starting point is in Howard Park and we will walk along Northside Blvd., heading east on the sidewalk almost to the Sample Street bridge.
We veer to the right at the East Bank Trail where we will conduct a memorial service at the river lookout. After the memorial, participants are free to walk back to the park at their leisure, in their own time and at their own pace.
This walk is not very long. Wheelchairs, walkers and strollers will be fine on the sidewalk, but where we do the memorial service, there are a lot of stone/concrete steps to tackle as we head down to the river. Please dress appropriately for late September weather and we look forward to walking with you!

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Register! There is no fee or fundraising minimum. Share your fundraising page link on social media, via text, or by email.



Become a Team Captain

On average, team captains recruit 74% of the people who attend a non-profit Walk.

Captains are essential!



Walk Alumni

Thank you for joining us again this year! When registering, please click the blue link under "Been Here Before?"

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Promote the Walk

Follow the @OOTDWalks accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Share your fundraising page and post about the St. Joseph County Walk using the #OutoftheDarkness hashtag.


Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsoring the St. Joseph County Walk shows your community and employees that you care about mental health.

Reach out to Angie Pickenpaugh (she/her/hers) at for more or download our 2024 St. Joseph County Out of the Darkness Walk Sponsorship Packet directly.



Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers help to make the St. Joseph County Walk a success.

Send an email to to submit a volunteer application.


Creating a Facebook Fundraiser through your AFSP DonorDrive account is easy! Do not create a fundraiser through Facebook directly.

Sharing a Facebook Fundraiser on Instagram will not connect with your fundraising page.


Individually raise $150+ by 09/21/2024 for an Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt at the event.




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Is there a registration fee?

There is no registration fee or fundraising minimum to participate.

We strongly encourage each participant to set a $150 fundraising goal to help support AFSP's work to stop suicide and receive the official walk t-shirt!


If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?

The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150 by 09/21/2024.

If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150


How do I make an offline donation?

To send a donation by check, please complete the Offline Donation Form and send it with your check to the address provided.

Offline Donation Form


Are dogs allowed?

While friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at many events, the policy can vary by venue. Reach out to for information specific to the St. Joseph County Walk.


How do I change my team status?

If you're already registered and looking to create a new team or join an existing one, simply log into your account and click "change team membership".



Can I register at the Walk? 

You can register or donate in-person at the Walk by scanning a QR code. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.




Where can I find information on parking, the route, and the venue?

That information is posted closer to Walk Day. For additional questions, please email

Walk Day Activities


Check out the merchandise tent, photo booth, and resource tables.

Honor Beads

Complimentary Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause. 

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