Greater Portland Maine Area Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness
Greater Portland Maine Area Walk
Location: Fort Allen Park - Eastern Promenade, Portland, ME
Check-in Time: 9:00 am
Walk Start Time: 10:00 am
Walk Chair: George Mageles (He/Him), 408-402-2323, email@example.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.
Walk Location: Fort Allen Park * Eastern Prom
Walker Arrival Time: 9:00am
Opening Ceremony: 10:00am
Pets - Well behaved Leashed Dogs are encouraged to attend.
Please clean up after them.
Children of all ages are welcome.
This is a stroller friendly walk route
Continue to read for tips on how to prepare for the day of the walk.
Registration: Pre-Registration is Strongly encouraged. Those who pre-register at www.afsp.org/portlandme WILL NOT have to check-in on the day of the event (with the exception of those who have earned their walk shirt and need to pick it up). If are bringing friends and family to the walk, please encourage them to register ahead of time, or you may register them yourself. For walkers who have not pre-registered, QR codes for mobile registration will be available at the Walk, though again, pre-registration is strongly encouraged.
Donations: We strongly encourage everyone to ask your supporters to donate online whenever possible. If you have have collected checks or cash donations that need to be turned in, envelopes will be available at the Registration Tent. If possible, please print, complete, and bring an Offline Donation Form to submit with your donations. This will help to ensure that your donations are appropriately credited to your individual fundraising page.
Things to bring to the walk:
- Your Smartphone - for Pictures and Online Payments via QR Code
- A mask if preferred
- A blanket or lawn chair if you would like to sit down
- Cash for the Raffle
*Credit cards, Apple Pay, Cash App, and Google Pay will be accepted via Stripe
Event Day: Walkers will have the opportunity to pick up honor beads, enjoy music, take a team photo, collect community resources, and more! Individual Walkers raising $150 or more will be able to pick up their 2023 Walk to Fight Suicide T-Shirt at the Registration Table. Individuals raising $1,000 or more will be able to pick up their LifeSavers Club gift at the same time.
Ceremony: The opening ceremony will begin at 10am followed by an approximate 2 mile walk (see map below) beginning at 10:20am.
Parking: Please park on the side of the street alongside the promenade.
Social Media: Share a story / post telling your friends Why You Walk and tag us @afspmaine. Find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads.
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
To Volunteer for this Event, please fill out this form.
For Flyers and other Promotional Materials, Click Here.
For a donation of $50 - AFSP Maine will create a personalized sign (using the template above) made in memory or honor of the loved one you walk for. The sign will be displayed in a highly visible location at the walk and will be yours to keep after the walk. Click the button below for more information.
Volunteer at the Event
Become a Sponsor
Sponsoring the Greater Portland Maine Area Walk shows your community and employees that your business cares about mental health and preventing suicide. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to become a sponsor today!
Fundraise to Help #StopSuicide
Promote the Walk in Your Community!
Follow us on social! @OOTDWalks
Post on your social accounts and share why you walk with your community!
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
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