Join us on September 30, 2023
Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
Location: Brazos Park East, Waco, TX
Check-in Time: 6:00 pm
Visit the kids area, hang a picture of loved ones lost on the memorial wall, eat hotdogs, decorate a luminaire, pick-up honor beads, visit vendor booths, purchase AFSP branded merch, and listen music by Eric & Thomas unplugged.
Opening Ceremony and Walk Start Time: 7:00 pm
Join us for the opening Ceremony followed by the walk.
Candle light ceremony to be held immediately following completion of the Walk.
Walk Chair: Jennifer Warnick, 512-661-9335, 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.
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!
Upcoming Events and Fundraisers
Save The Date! | Hotdog Fundraiser Event
Atwoods is hosting a fundraiser for the Waco Out of the Darkness Walk! Hotdogs are available to anyone with a free-will donation to the walk. We will also have promotional items for pick-up such as yard signs, flyers, and more! We hope to see you there!
701 Alliance Pkwy, Hewitt, TX 76643
Saturday August 19th
10am - 2pm
- Do you have a team fundraiser or event coming up? Email email@example.com with the details and we can help spread the word!
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! To join the committee email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Do you want to volunteer for the day of the event? Visit our volunteer sign-up page to sign-up today! Thank you!
Promote the Walk in Your Community!
Help us get the word out. Promotional resources and items are available for you to order to help raise awareness about the walk and suicide prevention. Order items such as yard signs or flyers today!
If you have a printer or somewhere to share a digital flyer, you can also download this flyer to share.
Let people know you're coming to the event on Facebook and follow us on social! @afspctx
Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!
Become a Sponsor
Sponsoring the Waco Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. You can find our sponsorship opportunities through this link. Contact email@example.com to become a sponsor today!
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
$150+ - Raise $150 by 09/30/2023 and receive the official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!
$988+ Champion of Hope. Anyone walks registered for a walk in Texas who raises $988 will get an exclusive shirt designed by a walker in Texas! Why $988? Last summer the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline launched their new number nationwide, 988. If you or someone you know is crisis, you can call 988 and be connected with a crisis counselor. They’re available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
$1,000+ Walker Spotlight. Receive a shoutout on social media.
* Donations can be made to a team as a whole, but the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising.
$1,500: Team Spotlight. Raise $1,500 and get a spotlight for your team on social media.
Want to see your name on the back of this year's walk shirt? We have three categories that can make it on the back of the shirt
- Walkers who raise $150 by September 1st
- Walkers who raise $500 by September 1st
- Teams who raise $500 by September 1st
Become a Team Captain
Team Captain Toolkit: Being on a team enhances the experience of each and every one of your team members, providing a built-in support system and a goal towards which you will all strive (and stride) together. A team captain's role is vital to the success of the Out of the Darkness Walks. Click here to access our Team Captain Toolkit and access some tips, tricks, and resources.
Need Help Fundraising?
Read through our fundraising toolkit. It's our one place for you to find all the tools you will need to become a successful fundraiser!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Day-of Experience: Resources & Activities
Stop by the AFSP Store for merchandise, visit the photo booth, enjoy live music, kids activities, and luminary with decoration station!
Honor Beads will be available on-site to show your connection(s) to the cause.
Hope & Healing
Share messages of hope and remembrance.
There will be a memory wall - please bring a picture or poster to honor your loved one or someone who struggles.
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