Maryland Chapter Virtual Campus Walk

Maryland Chapter Virtual Campus Walk

Join us on April 24, 2021

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Event Details

Walk Date: 04/24/2021
Walk Location: Location of your choice!

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kathrin Olbrich 
Contact Phone: 202-770-8973 
Contact Email: kolbrich@afsp.org

The safety and well-being of our participants, volunteers, and staff is our top priority. We will be closely monitoring the safety guidelines and regulations given by the school/county/state, and currently plan to walk to fight suicide in our communities with friends and family on the weekend of April 24 and 25. 

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation, as well as your dedication to preventing suicide.

 

Welcome to the Out of the Darkness

Maryland Chapter Virtual Campus Walk  

 

We at AFSP Maryland set a goal of tracking 47,511 minutes of activities by April 25 to honor every American lost to suicide in 2019. Can you help us achieve this goal?

Learn more about the ACTIVITY TRACKER

 
Weekend of Action - April 24th and 25th

Our 2021 Virtual Campus Walk will culminate in a Weekend of Action on Saturday, April 24th and Sunday, April 25th

Walk - Make a plan to walk on the 24th and/or 25th in your neighborhood, in a local park, or on your campus. Ask friends and family to join you (following CDC guidelines), make posters, wear and old Campus Walk shirt. Don't forget to track your activities with the activity tracker linked to your fundraising page. Our goal is to log 47,511 minutes for every American lost to suicide in 2019. We are at 20,000 right now!

Talk - Share your story, your "Why I Walk", with others and on social media using #hopewalkshere #afspmaryland and tagging @afspmaryland. Or reach out to a friend to talk about your/their mental health and have a #RealConvo.

Fundraise - Ask for donations as you walk this weekend. Share your donation page link (social media, email, text) or livestream! 80 cents of every dollar donated go to AFSP research grants, educational programs, advocacy efforts, and support suicide loss survivors.

 

10K in a Day Challenge - April 24 at 12 pm to April 25 at 12 pm

 

We challenge you to help raise an additional $10,000 between Saturday at noon and Sunday at noon to reach out goal of $50,000. Can you help? Check out some of our team prizes.

  • University/College Team that raises the most within those 24 hours

    • Prize Value $600 - Out of the Darkness Trekking Backpack, $50 Gift Card for Towson Hot Bagels, other goodies

  • High School Team that raises the most within those 24 hours

    • Prize Value $600 - Kendra Smith necklace, bracelets and earrings, $160 Gift Card for Subway, other goodies

  • University/College Team that logs the most minutes within those 24 hours

    • Prize Value $200 - $50 Gift Card for Towson Hot Bagels and other goodies

  • High School Team that logs the most minutes within those 24 hours

    • Prize Value $200 - $50 Gift Card for Towson Hot Bagels and other goodies

  • Team with the best social media presence (from April 19 to April 25 - use #hopewalkshere and #afspmaryland and tag @afspmaryland)

    • Prize Value $100 - 3 #RealConvo shirts and other AFSP goodies

ATTENTION: Team Challenge!

Every walk team that raises an ADDITIONAL $500 between March 30 and April 25 at midnight, will have their school logo printed on the back of the official Hope Walks Here T-shirt (see image below). No need to keep track of your fundraising, we will update this page with the score every other day!

Congratulations! These Teams made it on the T-shirt

  • UMES School of Pharmacy ASCP
  • Severna Park High School S.T.A.R.
  • University of Maryland, College Park
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Salisbury University Seagulls4Hope
  • KC's Team
  • UMBC
  • Towson University

These teams started fundraising (as of 4/24/2021 @ 11 PM)

  • Mount Hebron High School need and additional $70
  • Chi Upsilon Sigma Cares Team need an additional $85
  • Active Minds Reservoir High School need an additional $150
  • Wilde Lake Active Minds need an additional $330
  • Baltimore County School Psych Association need an additional $450

 

Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Dozen Fundraiser

How it works: Make a $10 donation to order one Original Glazed Dozen by clicking on any of the below listed school fundraising pages. If you want 2 Dozen, donate $20 etc. 

Towson Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

UMD Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Johns Hopkins Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

UMES Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

Once you made the donation, please complete this FORM with your contact information. We will email you a code to redeem your Krispy Kreme Dozen by April 23. If you make an donation after April 23, we will email the codes out every other day. Original Glazed Dozen are redeemable at any participating Krispy Kreme shop across the U.S.  For every dozen purchased, Krispy Kreme will donate $5 to AFSP and the Maryland Out of the Darkness Campus Walk.

Your school is not listed, but would like to participate? Email Area Director Kat Olbrich at kolbrich@afsp.org to create your own fundraiser.

 

Register today!

By clicking on the Register Now button above, you can register as an:

  • individual walk participant
  • or a team captain for your school (middle school, high school, community college, university etc.)
  • or a team captain for a club, school department, or personal team
  • or as a walker with a school team (see below for a list of school teams)

Before registering your school team, please check the team roster below to make sure no one has registered your school yet. If your school is already registered, please click on the team name and register as a walker with your team.

If you are an alumni, you can register:

  • with your school as a walk participant
  • make a donation to the team (new!) - click on the team name and the Donate Now button

For any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Maryland and Delaware Area Director Kat Olbrich at kolbrich@afsp.org or 202-770-8973.

Having trouble registering?  Click here to view a step-by-step guide.  Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself, page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account, or page 8 if you’re signing up in person on the day of the event.  Be sure to also check out some of the Frequently Asked Questions on page 10.

If you’ve already registered and would like to either create a new team or join an existing one, log into your AFSP 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).

And don't forget to use the Activity Tracker to be active while FUNdraising!

 
Help Spread the Word!

Encourage everyone you know to REGISTER, DONATE, and JOIN the movement to save lives!

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


 
The 2021'Hope Walks Here' T-shirt

Raise $100 by April 25 at midnight and receive an official Out of the Darkness Campus Walk T-shirt! T-shirts will be mailed to the address provided when registering for this event.

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in cash or check donations by mailing them to AFSP Maryland, PO BOX 169, Annapolis, MD 21404. Please make sure to include this Offline Donation Form so we know where the donation should go to. 

Team Donations — Donations can be made to a team, BUT the T-shirt and other incentives are based only on INDIVIDUAL fundraising. Any donations made to the team as a whole will not go to any of the team members' individual fundraising totals. 

So please fundraise as an individual by sending friends and family to your personal page, and ask for a team "sponsorship" from local businesses, clubs, etc. and use it as a way to ask for donations during a team fundraising event!

Resources

Dealing with the stress and anxiety during coronavirus may feel overwhelming. You may not have the same feelings as your classmates, coworkers, neighbors, family members, or others in your community — and that’s okay because everyone reacts differently to stressful situations.

In times of uncertainty, connecting with friends and family can really help in managing feelings of fear and anxiety, and be good for your health. Learn more at www.seizetheawkward.org

 
Activities of Hope & Healing

A Daughter's Journey

A Daughter’s Journey follows Sarah, a young adult, through her story of milestones, family, coping and positive growth after the loss of her father. She shares her story of hope, connection and resilience in the aftermath of a suicide loss.      

A Daughter’s Journey from AFSP on Vimeo.

Honor Beads (in the case we can have group meet-ups)

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental health condition can sometimes feel as if no one understands what you are going through. Wearing honor beads the day of the walk is a way to show each other that we are all connected to the cause, and that no one is alone.

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.

The Out of the Darkness Campus Walk is a journey of remembrance, hope, support, and a walk that unites a campus and community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. 

Beads will not be shipped to individual walkers. We can mail them to teams of 20 or more. For more information, please contact Area Director Kat Olbrich at kolbrich@afsp.org.


Online registration will be open until June 30 at midnight. Walk donations are accepted until June 30th.

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.