Portland Oregon Walk

Join us on October 5, 2019


You can still register starting at 8:30am on Saturday October 5th! Online registration has closed at this time. 

Welcome to the Portland Oregon Out of the Darkness Walk!


Will you walk to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide? Click Register Now for free registration!

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

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


Walk Date: 10/05/2019 
Walk Location: Veterans Memorial Coliseum (outdoor) - Portland, OR
Check-in/Registration Time: 8:30 am
Opening Ceremony Begins: 10:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

Before calling or emailing, please scroll down to the bottom for answers to frequently asked questions.

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Robin and Chris Gensler
Contact Phone: 503-590-5120 
Contact Email: [email protected]

If you need help logging into your page or setting up your personal fundraising page, please email [email protected] 


Scroll to the bottom for a list of frequently asked questions! 

How you can Help


Corporate Partnership

Sponsor the Walk:

Have your business sponsor the Portland Walk.  View sponsorship opportunies or email [email protected] for additional information.

Fundraising from customers:

  • Set up a restaurant fundraiser! Your favorite restaurant might set up a fundraiser where they give AFSP a percentage of sales for a given night!
  • Sell Lifesaver Pinups! Businesses can give their customers the chance to donate by buying AFSP Lifesaver pinups. Email us at [email protected] for more info! 


Share on Social Media

You can help promote the walk in your community! 

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you for the walk or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

Please be sure to use the following: 

fb: AFSPOregonChapter

Twitter: @afsporegon

Create a custom shareable!

Create your own customizable image to share on social media!  Click Here to create your own! 



$20+ Participants that raise $20+ will receive this commemorative necklace at registration!  

$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by 10/05/2019 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

Above incentive items are only delivered at the registration/check-in tent. 

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk. Credit cards accepted at the walk!

*Click here for an offline donation form.

Team Captain Resources

We've put together some resources for team captains that we hope will be helpful!  Click the links below! 

Team Captain Tips and Ideas

Team Meetings

Team Captain Timeline


Resources and activities at the walk:


AFSP Information Tent

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to visit the Education Outreach Community Tent. 

This is a great opportunity to gather resources, hear about upcoming events and learn how to get involved with the Oregon Chapter.

Community Resource Fair

Please visit the resource fair!  

We've invited other nonprofits who work in suicide prevention/mental health to have a free table at the walk!  Be sure to visit the resource tables so you can get additional resources and information that might be helpful for you. 


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.

There is an honor bead for everyone, whether you have lost a loved one, struggle personally, support a friend and/or family member, or all of the above.

AFSP Store:

Come by the AFSP store to pick up your HOPE or "Be the Voice to #StopSuicide" merchandise!  All proceeds will help us reach our fundraising goal! 

Why I Walk Bib

Why I Walk Bib:
For a $1 donation, receive a Why I Walk Bib to share your reason for walking. 

Wall of Hope


Visit the Wall of Hope to write a message of encouragement to someone who might be struggling. 

Paws for Prevention:

Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome at the event. AND - with a $5 donation, you can pick up an AFSP Pooch bandana at the AFSP Store!  If you are bringing your four legged friend, please be sure to bring supplies to clean up after them!


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: Where will we be walking?

A: The route follows the "Waterfront Loop" and is about 3.5 miles long.  Click Here for a map of the route! 

Q: Is the route stroller or wheelchair friendly?

A: Yes!  The route does have some stairs when we go from the Rose Quarter to the EastBank Esplanade and again at the Hawthorne bridge but there is also a ramp for wheelchairs and strollers. We do cross the steel bridge which is not paved but grated metal and should be suitable for most strollers and wheelchairs. 

Q: Can I bring my dog?

A: Absolutely! Friendly, leashed dogs are welcomed at the event! Please note that we expect approximately 3,500 people so if your four-legged friend doesn’t do well with crowds, it might be best to leave them home. Please bring supplies and pick up after your pet if nature calls along the walk route.

Q: Can I bring my kids?

A: Yes!  We do our best to create a family friendly environment.  The music is clean and family friendly and our speeches are all reviewed for safety. With that said, we do discuss suicide and mental health which are topics that may be difficult to discuss with your child.

Q: What is the Out of the Darkness Walk?

A: Glad you asked! We made this short video to explain it. The walk is totally free but it is the most important fundraising event for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  

Q: Where do I park?

A: $10 parking will be available at the Garden and East garages on the Rose Quarter property.  Street parking near the Veterans Memorial coliseum is also available. 

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

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