Join us on September 23, 2023
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
Location: Woodward Park, Mt. View Shelter, Fresno, CA
Check-in Time: 9:00 am
Activities: 9:00-10:00 am
Opening Ceremony:10:00 am
Walk Start Time: 10:30 am
Walk Chair: Andrea Morales, 559-355-5434, firstname.lastname@example.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 www.afsp.org/get-help and www.afsp.org/resources.
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?"
**Walk Alumni should stop by the Registration Area to pick up a special Walk Alumni button!**
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 email@example.com to sign-up today! Thank you!
Become a Sponsor
Sponsoring the Fresno Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Download the sponsorship packet here. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions!
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
$150+ - Raise $150 on your personal page by 09/23/2023 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt day-of!
$250+ - Raise $250+ on your personal page by 09/09/2023 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.
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!
Become a Team Captain
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)
- Purchase tickets to take part in our Opportunity Drawing featuring gift packages and items donated by supporters and local businesses.
- $1 each ticket, 6 tickets for $5, 25 tickets for $20. Card and cash OK.
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? No more than 1 mile and we will be walking through Woodward Park.
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, on a leash!
Where are we meeting specifically at Woodward Park? We will be at the Mountain View Shelter! Use this Google Pin or utilize this Woodward Park map.
Where do I park and is parking free?
Parking is available at Woodward Park parking lot and parking is $5! Find more information about parking here.
For additional questions, please email email@example.com
Day-of Experience: Resources & 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..
Hear from Jeff Bowman before the Opening Ceremony!
Visit our 30+ Resource Partners who will be sharing about their mental health and suicide prevention resources, programs and services for yourself and/or loved ones.
We will also have coloring pages and a Kids Corner!
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.
Opening Ceremony Program
Welcome by Andrea Morales, Fresno Walk Chair
Special Guest Speaker
Honor Bead Ceremony
Don't forget to come back to the area after the Walk to hear who our Opportunity Drawing winners are, and some final closing words.
Hope & Healing
Share messages of hope and remembrance.
Bring your own handmade poster and/or bring a photo(s) for our HOPE Wall.
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