Kern County Walk

Join us on October 15, 2023


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Kern County Walk  


Event Details

Date: 10/15/2023

Location: Riverwalk, Bakersfield, CA

Check-in Time: 10:30 am 

Activities: 10:30-11:30 am

Opening Ceremony11:30 am

Walk Start Time: 12:00 pm

Contact Information

Walk Chair: Amanda Mata, 805-366-9205,

Walk Co-Chair: Stephanie Sánchez Silva,

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 and

Important Registration Area Information!

Participants only need to come to the Registration Area for three reasons:

to drop off cash/checks and/or donate by card via QR code

to pick up their fundraiser shirt ($150 individually raised)

to register day-of via QR code

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

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

Sign-up today at this Google Form to volunteer day-of! Thank you!


Become a Sponsor

Sponsoring the Kern County Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Download the sponsorship packet hereContact with any questions!

Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide

$150+ - Raise $150 on your personal page 10/15/2023 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt AND an exclusive California Together to Fight Suicide keychain day-of!

$250+ - Raise $250+ on your personal page by 10/15/2023 and earn a Recognition Gift.

Donations can be made to a team as a whole,  but the T-shirt and other above incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.  Please review the Team Incentives to the right for TEAM fundraising.

Promote the Walk in Your Community! 

Follow us on social! @AFSPCentralValley @OOTDWalks 

Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!

Team Corner

Become a Team Captain

Team Central

**The Top Fundraising Team by Walk Day, 10/15/2023, will hold the walk banner and lead the walk!**

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) 


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


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 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 walk t-shirt!

How long is this year's Walk Route? Three loops around the lake. You can walk as much or as little as you'd like.


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.


Where do I park and is parking free? Parking is available for free at The Park at River Walk parking lot.

For additional questions, please email


Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities

On-Site Activities

Stop by the AFSP Area to learn more about volunteering with the AFSP Central Valley Chapter, pick up resources, and hear about our programs for schools, workplaces, etc.

Visit our Resource Partners who will be sharing about their mental health and suicide prevention resources, programs and services for yourself and/or loved ones.

Bring your own handmade poster from home, or your welcome to make a poster at our event! Bring a photo(s) or anything else you'd like to add to it. We provide the paper, pens and tape!

Honor Beads

Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause. You can take as many Honor Beads that resonate with you. The beads are free and we encourage everyone to take at least one for our Honor Bead Ceremony that takes place during the Opening Ceremony before the Walk.

Hope & Healing

Share messages of hope and remembrance.

Visit our We Remember Banner to write a message or your loved one's name, add a photo print-out, etc. We welcome you to come back and take the item(s) before leaving our event.

Please be sure to follow our safe messaging guidelines.


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