Washington DC Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Washington DC Walk
Congratulations to the National Capital Area Chapter and the Washington, D.C. OOTD Walk, winners of the following 2021 AFSP Chapter Leadership Awards recognizing their 2020 Outstanding Achievements:
Chapter of the Year! Large Market
Outstanding Chapter Public Relations
#8 Top-Fundraising Out of the Darkness Walk: Washington, D.C.
Date: 10/23/2021 CONFIRMED
Location: Lincoln Memorial CONFIRMED
Registration: 2:00 pm
Event Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
• 2:00 PM: Check-in / Registration / Pre-Walk Activities
• 4:00 PM: Opening Ceremony
• 4:20 PM: Walk Begins
• 6:00 PM: Closing Ceremony
• 6:30 PM: Event Ends
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kim Fischer Werner
Contact Phone: 646-632-5189
Contact Email: Chair.DCWalk@gmail.com
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Upcoming Events & Opportunities
due to inclement weather. Alternatively, the display will take place at the Walk on 10/23. See the "Activities of Hope & Healing" section below for more details.
Interested in Hosting One of AFSP's FREE Evidence-based Educational Programs? We will work with you and your office/organization/community group/etc. to schedule and organize a presentation. To learn more, please contact AFSP-NCAC Education Chair Hannah Menzner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Having trouble registering? Click here to view a step-by-step guide. Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account. Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.
If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP account and click on the “change team membership” option on the right-hand side of your dashboard tab (on mobile you’ll need to click “dashboard” first).
Registered and Don't Know What to Do Next?
Help Spread the Word: #StopSuicideNCAC
Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter. You can also use hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide
Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story (see AFSP’s Speaking Out About Suicide Recommendations).
Earn a Free Tee! Raise $150 by 10/23/2021 and receive an official 2021 Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Get Your Logo or Name on the Official Walk T-Shirt!
$500+ Sponsors, $2,500 Fundraising Walkers, and $5,000+ Fundraising Teams all have the opportunity to get their logo or name on the back of the official 2021 Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirts. See Sponsor Packet and Team & Walker Rewards for details. Deadline: September 17, 2021
More Team & Walker Rewards!
Become a Sponsor!
Download the 2021 Washington, D.C. OOTD Walk Sponsor Packet to learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities. With sponsorship levels starting at just $250, this is a perfect way for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing benefits and the sooner you sponsor, the more benefits you’ll receive!
Sponsor T-Shirt Deadline: September 17, 2021
Overall Sponsor Deadline: October 8, 2021
Sponsorship Questions? Contact NCAC Development Chair Jessica Lincoln at email@example.com.
#StopSuicideNCAC Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow us on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter.
Doodle for Dollars Did you know that doodling is a great exercise for your mind? Create your own original doodle or color in one of AFSP’s Mental Health Coloring Pages and post your masterpiece to social media along with a positive message, the link to your online fundraising page, and #StopSuicideNCAC.
Chalk It Up You never know who will be following in your footsteps... Use chalk to decorate your driveway or the sidewalks in your neighborhood with messages of hope for others to see! Don't forget to include the link afsp.org/DC in your drawings, so people know to register and support the Walk!
Activities of Hope and Healing
Losing someone to suicide or caring for someone struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. The Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk is a journey of hope and healing that unites our community and acknowledges the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We will have many opportunities and activities for you to share your own story (see AFSP’s Speaking Out About Suicide Recommendations) and honor a loved one all throughout the Out of the Darkness season. Some of these will include:
Share Your Story Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow us on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter. Also, don't forget to personalize your team and fundraising pages. This is another great way to let people know why you support suicide prevention and why they should too.
Honor & Remembrance Signs With a $50 gift via this website, receive an 18" x 24" sign in honor or remembrance of the person(s) for whom you walk. Your sign will be displayed on the walk route at the 2021 Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk and you will be able to take it with you after the event so you may cherish it always. Order Deadline: October 8, 2021
Washington, D.C. OOTD Luminaria Display This event has been CANCELED due to inclement weather. Alternatively, participants will have the opportunity to create their own luminaria at the D.C. Walk on 10/23 between 2 PM - 4 PM and the Luminaria Display will take place after the Walk on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at 6 PM during the Closing Ceremony.
Digital Quilt Post why you walk, how you're participating in the experience, share your fundraising successes, and participate in the social media activities all on our digital quilt! This is a great way to connect with the AFSP community across our community and beyond!
"I'm Walking For" Buttons So you may personalize your own button and wear it proudly as you walk, we will be giving these away at OOTD participant events throughout Walk Season as well as on Walk Day.
Honor Beads Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection. There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.
The walk route is approximately 2.8 miles and is paved and relatively flat. Walkers can absolutely bring strollers on the walk with them as this event is for the whole family. See Walk Route Map Here.
Getting to/from the DC Walk
Parking The National Mall is a very busy area, especially on a Saturday, and parking is at a premium. Private paid parking garages and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Free on-street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced). Limited free day-long parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW (along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B & C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial).
Metro The closest Metro Stations are Smithsonian (1.2 miles away) and Foggy Bottom - GWU (0.9 miles away). Information and schedules for Metro can be found at www.wmata.com.
Shuttle Busses to/from Metro Not Available
Connect with the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter!
Thank You to Our NCAC Out of the Darkness Presenting Sponsor!
Thank You, D.C. Walk Community LIfesaver Sponsors!