Maryland Paws for Prevention
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Welcome to the 3rd Annual
Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk
Join us for the Annual Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk! Instead of gathering as a big group we encourage you to walk your four legged friends anywhere and anytime to celebrate Mental Health Awareness Month in May. Participate as an individual or team. Choose any walk route between May 1st to 31st. Everyone who raises $20 by May 31st will receive an AFSP pooch bandana and everyone who raises $100 or more will receive a Paws for Prevention walk shirt in the mail.
Throughout the month of May we will encourage you to be proactive about your physical and mental health, fundraise, and be the voice for suicide prevention wherever you walk, with or without your furry friend. We have some great challenges and prizes in store, so stay tuned for more soon!
NEW! Activity Tracker
PAWS FOR PREVENTION SHIRT
Everyone who raises $100 or more by May 31 at midnight will receive a Paws for Prevention walk shirt in the mail. Shirts will be mailed to each participant that qualifies by the end of June 2021.
Although fundraising is optional and there is no minimum fundraising requirement (and no fee to walk), each dollar raised helps us deliver suicide prevention programs both in Maryland and nationally. With last year's fundraising, and despite COVID-19, the AFSP Maryland Chapter was able to educate over 3,000 Marylanders on suicide prevention. Your donations also contributed to over $5.3 million in scientific research grants awarded by AFSP to support studies that will increase our understanding of suicide or test treatments and other interventions that save lives. As a Chapter we continue to offer Healing Conversations, a peer to peer program for loss survivors.
There are 3 small things you can do to kick-start your fundraising work:
- Personalize your walker page online. Telling your story will make those who see your page feel more emotionally connected to you and the cause. If you're a team captain, be sure to personalize your team page!
- Donate to yourself, even just a modest sum of $10, to show others you are committed to the cause. It's easier to ask others for money if they see you have also donated.
- Share your page and story with others. It's OK to ask for donations! And you may have to ask several times – that’s OK too!
Every $1 donated to your fundraising page equals 1 vote for your pet!
The pet with the most votes (most $ raised) by May 31 at midnight will become the Maryland Chapter Mascot for one year (July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022)
RESOURCES FOR THOSE WHO LOVE AND WORK WITH ANIMALS
COMMUNITY SUPPORT AND SPONSORSHIPS
For $500, businesses can show their support to the suicide prevention mission by contributing a tax-deductible financial gift as a sponsor. We also accept in-kind donations and goodies that we can use for challenges or raffle. You have until May 31, 2021 to have your logo added to the official Maryland Paws for Prevention Walk T-shirt that will be mailed to everyone who raises $100 or more by May 31 at midnight. For more details, please contact Area Director Kat Olbrich at firstname.lastname@example.org.