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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
Location: Rotary Pavilion -Presque Isle State Park, Erie, PA
Check-in Time: 9:30 am
Walk Start Time: 11:00 am
Walk Chair: Julie Mehlenbacher, 814-230-2455, julieAFSP@gmail.com
Walk Co-Chair: Gina Bizzarro, 814-504-0175, ginaAFSP@gmail.com
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.
Register to Walk With Us!
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.
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!
Ways You Can Help
Volunteer at the Event
Event Committee and Day-of Walk volunteers are always needed and we cannot be successful without them!
Send an email to julieAFSP@gmail.com to sign-up today! Thank you!
Become a Sponsor
Sponsoring the Erie Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Download the sponsorship packet here. Contact julieAFSP@gmail.com with any questions!
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/23/2023 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt! * Donations can be made to a team as a whole, but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.
Promote the Walk in Your Community!
Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks
Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!
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)
2023 Erie Team Challenge
We have 4 opportunities this year to get your team name on the 2023 Erie Walk shirt.
Is there a registration fee?
If I raise enough money, will my whole team get a shirt?
How do I make an offline donation?
Is there a fundraising minimum?
Can I register at the Walk? Yes! You can register in-person at the Walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.
Are dogs allowed? Yes! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the walk.
Parking, route, and other info will be updated as we get closer to Walk Day.
For additional questions, please email julieAFSP@gmail.com
Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities
Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, visit the photo booth, and more!
Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.
Hope & Healing
Share messages of hope and remembrance.
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