Join us on October 1, 2022
The Walk is On - Rain or Shine!
Congratulations to the National Capital Area Chapter and the Fairfax 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
Out of the Darkness Century Club: Fairfax
Walk Date: 10/01/2022
Walk Location: Fairfax City Hall -10485 Armstrong St
*Pre-walk activities have been moved to the lawn in front of Fairfax City Hall (same address as Veterans Amphitheatre, just a different part of the property). See Event Set Up Map for details.
Walk Event Timeline:
• 11:00 AM: Check-in / Registration / Pre-Walk Activities
• 12:30 PM: Opening Ceremony
• 1:00 PM: Walk Begins
• 2:30 PM: Event Ends
For More Information:
Contact Name: Ellen Shannon
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This event is not possible without the help of our amazing volunteers. To help us on the day of the Walk (10/1/22), please sign up here to volunteer at the Walk!
*We have volunteer opportunities for both youth and adults. Volunteering at the Walk is great for earning community service hours too!
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
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 Fairfax 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: 8/26/2022
Overall Sponsor Deadline: 9/16/2022
Ways You Can Help
Volunteer at the Event
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: 8/22/2022
Overall Sponsor Deadline: 9/16/2022
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
Raise $150+ by 10/01/2022 and receive the official 22 Fairfax 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: 9/16/2022
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)!
Become a Team Captain
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)
Welcome Lisa Berigan & BIG100
You know her from her nationally-syndicated radio program 'Live in Concert," and popular BIG 100 segments like the 11 o'clock LIVE and Lisa's Animal Tales. Lisa Berigan has been a trusted voice in Washington, D.C. for years and, as emcee of the 2022 Fairfax Out of the Darkness Walk’s opening ceremony, she has joined the AFSP once again to #BeTheVoice for suicide prevention!
Q: What if it rains?
A: The event is rain or shine and would only be canceled in the instance of severe weather that would compromise the safety of our guests.
Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: No, there is no registration fee to participate.
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: Is the event/Walk kid-friendly?
A: Yes! The pre-event and Walk are both family-friendly, and we will have activities (games & art projects) to keep you little ones entertained. The pre-walk event is in a grassy field, but is bordered by pavement/paved sidewalks to make each area accessible. While the route is paved and stroller-friendly, there may be unforeseen obstructions along the walk route beyond our control (ie: construction detours). See Event Set Up Map and Walk Route Map for details.
Q: Can I bring my dog?
A: Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome. We will also have some doggy swag at our AFSP Merchandise area so you pup can walk the walk in style.
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: 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 or needs assistance navigating the walk route. You will be able to identify volunteer Walk Buddies by their orange t-shirts that say "Walk Buddy."
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: How do I make an offline donation?
A; To send a donation by check, please complete this Offline Donation Form and send it with your check to the address provided.
Q: If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
A: No. The shirts are only given to individuals who raise $150. If your whole team wants a shirt, each member must raise $150.
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: Where can I park?
A: Attendees may park in the lot behind City Hall and overflow street parking is available in the surrounding neighborhoods (east of George Mason Blvd. and west of Chain Bridge Rd.). There are also several public parking lots and garages throughout Historic Fairfax and the Courthouse complex. We do recommend you arrive early to ensure you get a space close to the event.
Q: Will there be food/drink available?
A: Water and light snacks will be provided by AFSP for volunteers and registered walkers only.
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: What is the Walk Route?
A: The walk route is approximately 1.9 miles long, paved, and relatively flat. The route is wheelchair accessible and walkers can absolutely bring strollers on the walk with them as this event is for the whole family. However, there may be unforeseen obstructions along the walk route beyond our control (ie: construction detours). See the Walk Route Map for details.
Q: Will there be restrooms on-site?
A: Yes! There will be on-site porta potties available for registered walkers and volunteers.
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: Accessibility Info?
A: The pre-walk event venue and walk route are both wheelchair accessible (see Event Set Up Map and Walk Route Map). While the pre-walk event is partly in a grassy field, the event will be set up in a way where all areas will be bordered by pavement. Please keep in mind there may be unforeseen obstructions along the walk route beyond our control (ie: construction detours).
We will have an ASL interpreter on the stage for the pre-walk Opening Ceremony. Walk Buddies will be available to help guide anyone who needs assistance navigating the walk route.
Additional info about the venue's accessibility can be found on the City of Fairfax's Park & Rec website.
Q: Who may I contact with questions or requests for reasonable accommodations?
A: AFSP-NCAC Special Events Manager Kelly Mahoney at email@example.com.
Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities
* Get your AFSP swag!
* 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 will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.
We will also host an Honor Beads Ceremony during the Opening Program just before the start of the Walk.
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: 9/16/2022
* 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!
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