Washington DC Walk

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Congratulations to the National Capital Area Chapter and the Washington, D.C. OOTD Walk, winners of the following 2022 AFSP Chapter Leadership Awards recognizing their outstanding achievements in 2021:

AFSP's Overall Chapter of the Year: National Capital Area
#8 Top-Fundraising Out of the Darkness Walk: Washington, D.C.

See 2021 D.C. Walk Photos

Event Details

Walk Date: 10/22/2022
Walk Location: Lincoln Memorial
Walk Event Timeline:

• 2:30 PM: Check-in / Registration / Pre-Walk Activities
• 4:30 PM: Opening Ceremony 
5:00 PM: Walk Begins 
• 6:30 PM: Closing Ceremony 
• 7:00 PM: Event Ends

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Derek Kernus (He/Him/His) 
Contact Phone: 646-632-5189 
Contact Email: Chair.DCWalk@gmail.com

Upcoming Pre-Walk Events & Opportunities

Lifesavers Appreciation Celebration May 19th,  5 – 7:30 PM @ Compass Coffee Roastery (Ivy City)

Join the National Capital Area Chapter to celebrate the incredible honor of receiving AFSP's Outstanding Chapter of the Year Award and all of the amazing achievements of our volunteers, participants, donors, sponsors, community partners, and supporters who together maximize our mission impact throughout D.C., Northern Virginia, and beyond! Ticket Price: FREE!  Please RSVP Here

Washington, D.C. Advocacy Day May 2nd, 6 - 8 PM (Online Event)

Each year, the Washington, D.C. Advocacy Day and State Capitol Day events all across the country bring advocates together with their district/state and local public officials to share information and urge that suicide prevention be made a priority. Join this event as an advocate and have the opportunity to meet with their legislators and speak about legislative and policy issues that need support. Learn more and Register Here

Visit afsp.org/NCAC for all upcoming chapter events and programs

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Washington DC Walk  


The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, and support. It unites our communities and provides an opportunity to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental health conditions have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.

If you're looking for support and/or resources, please visit www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.


Returning participant? Thank you for being a Walk Alumni! When you click the register button be sure to click the blue Login link under "Been Here Before?"

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your 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). View this video tutorial for more help.

There's now an app to make it even easier to raise funds and receive updates!

Click below to get started!


And don't forget about all the ways you can FUNdraise!


Download the 2022 D.C. Walk's 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 leadership role in making suicide prevention a priority in our community. To recognize your support, we have developed a variety of options to elevate your brand awareness and align your business with a good cause! For information about sponsor levels and benefits, please see the enclosed Sponsor Opportunities & Benefits and Sponsor Agreement. 

Sponsor T-Shirt Deadline: 9/16/2022

Overall Sponsor Deadline: 10/07/2022 

Ways You Can Help


Walk Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them! 

Fill out our Volunteer Application to learn more about volunteers opportunities with the Walk and throughout the AFSP National Capital Are Chapter and find the right fight fit for you!

Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Download our Sponsor Packet to learn how you can help stop this leading cause of death.

Sponsor T-Shirt Deadline: 9/16/2022

Overall Sponsor Deadline: 10/07/2022 

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

Raise $150+ by 10/22/2022 and receive the official 2022 D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the t-shirt and other Recognition Program gifts are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.  

 More Team & Walker Rewards!

Earn recognition, a team table and/or tent at the Walk, invitations to VIP events, AFSP swag, and more through our Team & Walker Rewards!

Rewards Deadline: 10/7/2022

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Follow us on social!

AFSP National Capital Area Chapter: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter.

Please use #StopSuicideNCAC to connect our local community served by the National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC)!



Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central

Be sure to follow all of the steps after registering to get that fundraising going!

* Update your page and pic 

* Make a self-donation

* Check out our Top 10 Tips & To Dos!

* Utilize Participant Hub

* Create a FB Fundraiser through your account or it will not connect to your page! This is super easy in the app btw (wink wink) 


Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: No, there is no registration fee to participate.

Q: What if it rains?
A: The event is rain or shine.


Q: If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
A: No. The event shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150


Q: How do I make an offline donation?
A: To send a donation by check, please complete this form and send it with your check to the address provided.


Q: Is there a fundraising minimum?
A: No, but 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!


Q: Can I register at the Walk?  
A: Yes!  You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until 12/31/2022.


Q: What is the Walk Route?  
A: See Walk Route Map



Q: Is the event/Walk kid-friendly?  
A: Yes!  We will have lots of activities for the whole family to enjoy and the route is paved and stroller-friendly. However, the pre-walk event will take place in a grassy field (JFK Hockey field) which can be difficult to navigate with a stroller, especially if it has recently rained.


Q: Where do I park?  
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). 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). 


Q: What is the closest 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. AFSP will not be providing shuttles busses from the metro this year. 

Q: Can I bring my dog?  
A: Yes!  Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.

Q: Must-have items I should bring?  
A: We recommend bringing comfy shoes, bug spray, sunscreen, reusable water bottles, donations, and money to purchase your AFSP swag!


Q: Will there be food/drink available?  
A: Water and light snacks will be provided by AFSP for volunteers and registered walkers only. Food/beverage options are also available for purchase along the National Mall at food trucks and at Lincoln Retail Refreshments & Gift Shop.


Q: Will there be restrooms on-site?  
A: Yes! There will be on-site porta potties available for registered walkers and volunteers. There are also restrooms located inside of the Lincoln Memorial which are open to the general public. 

Q: If I come alone, will someone walk with me?  
A: Yes! Volunteer Walk Buddies will be on-site to walk with anyone who does not want to walk alone. You will be able to identify volunteer Walk Buddies by their orange t-shirts that say "Walk Buddy."


Q: What is the Care Team?  
A: Care Team members are volunteer mental health professionals who will be on-site to talk to anyone who may need support at the Walk. You will be able to identify them by their purple t-shirts that say "Care Team."


Q: Where do I go for First Aid?  
A: A first aid kit can be found at the Volunteer Check-in tent. We will also have police officers on-site who can help provide first aid assistance as well. And, of course, if there is an emergency or you need immediate care while out on the Walk Route, please dial 911.

Q: Can I bring my own table/tent/chairs for my team?  
A: No. However, you do have the opportunity to have AFSP provide your team a tent and/or table at the Walk by earning them through our Team & Walker Rewards!  


Q: What if my group gets separated?  
A: We advise guests to use the Family Art Activity Tent at a meet-up location or to alert the DJ at the stage to make an announcement over the sound system.


Q: Who may I contact with questions?  
A: D.C. Walk Chair Derek Kernus at Chair.DCWalk@gmail.com

Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

* Pick up you Walk t-shirt (for $150+ fundraising walkers) and collect your other earned Team & Walker Rewards!

* Get your AFSP swag!

* Hope & Healing Activities

* Family Art Activities / Face Painting

* Resources Fair

* Team Photo Area

* So much more!

Honor Beads

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

We will also host an Honor Beads Ceremony during the Closing Ceremony on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial following the Walk. 

Resources Fair

Exhibitors are invited to participate in our Resources Fairs to present materials related to resources offered by the exhibitor which serve the AFSP’s mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. Learn more & apply to exhibit here.

Hope & Healing

Walkers will have the opportunity to participate in activities of Hope & Healing, including:

* Order a personalized Honor & Remembrance Sign to be displayed on the Walk Route. Order Deadline: 10/7/2022

* Create a Luminaria to display during the Closing Ceremony

* Add to the Honor & Remembrance Chain

* Make a personalized "I'm Walking For" button


Thank You to our NCAC Out of the Darkness Presenting Sponsor!


Thank You to our D.C. Out of the Darkness Community Lifesaver Sponsor!


Register by clicking the button at the top of the page

Thank you participants, volunteers, donors, and sponsors for your support! Together, we can save lives and bring hope.


If you or someone you know is in a crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741-741