Greater Springfield MA Walk

Join us on October 20, 2018


Event Details

Walk Date: 10/20/2018
Walk Location: School St. Park - Agawam, MA
Check-in/Registration Time: 8:30 am
Walk Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Heather White 
Contact Phone: 413-387-3770 
Contact Email:

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Registration is free and open to the public. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Greater Springfield MA Walk



Registration: 8:30am-10:00am
Opening Ceremony:    10:00am
Walk Begins:  10:15am
After Walk BBQ Event: 11:30am- 1:30pm



The walk route will follow the paved walkways of School St Park, head briefly out on to School St and River Rd, and head back in to the park, wrapping up the first leg of the walk with our Steps In Silence as walkers pass the Garden of Angels. Once back to the pavilion, a second lap around the course will finish the route. Those who wish to only complete one lap are welcome to stay at the Registration pavilion.

Click here to view a map of School St. Park and the Walk Route


Download the Greater Springfield SPONSORSHIP PACKETWith sponsorship opportunities starting at only $150, this is a perfect opportunity for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing and publicity benefits! 


Download the Greater Springfield Walk Flyer to send to family and friends and display in your community.  Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives! 

Please help promote the event through your social media outlets! #OutoftheDarkness

Post to your Facebook page and add the Out of the Darkness Link, or direct link to your fundraising page. Click HERE to like our event page. Click HERE to let everyone on FB know you are participating or interested in the event. 


If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event with #OutoftheDarkness and $20x2025 to your tweets! Follow us on twitter at AFSP Western Massachusetts


Remember your LinkedIn connections!

There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event.  Tell your story about why you walk!


Raise $150 by 10/20/2018 and receive a 2018 Out of the Darkness Walk T-shirt!

Remember in additon to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in addtional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk.

Additonal Fundraising Incentives: 


Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $10 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana and goodie bag in the Paws for Prevention Corner. 


Make sure to arrive early to allow time to explore the resources area.

Information tables hosted by local businesses and non-profit organizations will open at 8:30am. This will be an opportunity to gather literature, hear about upcoming events, and connect with others who are dedicated to raising awareness of mental illness and suicide, strengthening prevention efforts, and providing support to those impacted by suicide loss.

If you are a community partner and would like to table at the Greater Springfield MA Out of the Darkness Walk please email us at:


Garden of Angels

Bring a picture of your loved you to add to the Garden of Angels as you pass by on your walk. Take a moment in the Garden to share a flower in remembrance of those we have lost, and to support those who struggle.

Steps in Silence

As our walkers approach the Garden of Angles, we ask for Steps In Silence – a time for reflection as you approach those spending time in the Garden.

Children’s Activities

Join the staff and volunteers from The Garden: The Center for Grieving Children and Teens at the School St Park playground and pavilion for a collection of healing activities for our youngest walkers and some good old fashion fun and exercise on the playground.

Be The Voice Sign Station

Be the Voice for suicide Prevention and share your message withyour fellow walkers and community Take advantage of the supplies on hand to make a sign to carry along the walk route!

Honor Beads:

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection.

The Out of the Darkness Community Walk is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience


After the Walk, stick around for the first annual BBQ event! Enjoy live music, games and activities along with hot dogs, hamburgs and delicious picnic sides. Tickets for the BBQ are $10 each, children 10 and under are free. Tickets available now and on site at the walk.

THANK YOU to Rusty’s Place for the generous donation of their time and efforts to make this BBQ possible!

Online registration closes at noon (local time) the Friday before the walk. However, anyone who would like to participate can register in person at the walk from the time check-in begins until the walk starts. Walk donations are accepted until December 31st.

When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow AFSP to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thanks to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.

Click the Register Now button at the top of the page to get started right away.

Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the Walk!


Sponsored By

Acheive TMS, East
Chicopee High School
Hampshire Towing
Iron Order Patriot Crew
OMG, Inc
Onsite Mammography
Run Westfield
The M & T Charitable Foundation
Westek Architectural Woodworking Inc