Boston Area Walk

Join us on October 21, 2023

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Welcome to the 2023 Boston Area Out of the Darkness Community Walk!

10/21/2023

Register Now and be part of the movement coming #TogetherToFightSuicide.

Event Details
  • Date: Saturday, October 21st
  • Location: Boston Common (Parkman Bandstand) - Boston, MA
  • Check-in/Registration Time: 9:00 am
  • Event Begins: 10:30 am
  • Parking: Boston Common Garage click here for rates
  • Walk Route: 3 loops = 3 miles ... wheelchair and stroller friendly!
  • Dog Friendly: YES!

For more information, please contact:
Phone: 617-439-0940
Email: jvanderstad@afsp.org

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 afsp.org/get-help and afsp.org/resources.


REGISTER

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 watch a step-by-step guide. See FAQs below if you have any questions.

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!

WALK FAQs

When and where is the event taking place?
The event is taking place on 10/21/2023 at Boston Common (Parkman Bandstand).

Is there a registration fee?
No, there is no registration fee to participate. Donations are accepted until December 31st.

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

Is there a fundraising minimum?
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 2023 Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

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

How do I set up my personal fundraising page?
If you need help logging into or setting up your fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.

For additional questions, please email: jvanderstad@afsp.org

BECOME A SPONSOR

Sponsoring shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Contact us and we'll send you details!

SPREAD THE WORD

After you register, we encourage you to tell your story about why you support #AFSPMADownload our event flyer (coming soon) and share with your family and friends! Need printed materials? Complete our Walk Material Request Form!

Post to your Facebook page and add the Boston Area Out of the Darkness Community Walk <www.afsp.org/bostonwalk>, or the direct link to your fundraising page! Don't forget to mark yourself as "going" to the event on Facebook and invite your friends!

If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #StopSuicide to your tweets!

Remember your LinkedIn connections!

Share your photos! #StopSuicide #AFSPMA

FUNDRAISE TO HELP #StopSuicide

​- Raise $150 by October 21st and receive an Out of the Darkness t-shirt!

​- Raise $1000 by October 21st and join the LIFESAVER CLUB!

Click here to see more AFSP swag you can earn!

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

**Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the above  incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.

TEAM INCENTIVES

Become a Team Captain

Team Central

VOLUNTEER WITH US

Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them! Please register and select volunteering under "I would like to learn more"!

EVENT ACTIVITIES

Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, pick-up your honor beads, create a #WhyIWalk sticker, and visit all of our community resources tables. Download and share your color(s) on social media.

WALK ROUTE

The Boston Common offers a beautiful walking path that is stroller and wheelchair friendly. The wide path provides space to safely distance while walking. Friendly, leashed pups welcome!

GET CONNECTED

The Out of the Darkness community is built on healing, love, hope and lasting friendships. After you register for this year's Walk, we invite you to join the Massachusetts Out of the Darkness Facebook Group. The group will allow you to share your story, meet participants from across the state, and get to know others before the day of the walk. We look forward to connecting with you!

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, dial 988 or text TALK to 741-741