Washington DC Walk
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Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Washington DC Walk
Congratulations to the National Capital Area Chapter and the Washington, D.C. OOTD Walk, winners of the following 2021 AFSP Chapter Leadership Awards recognizing their 2020 Outstanding Achievements:
Chapter of the Year! Large Market
Outstanding Chapter Public Relations
#8 Top-Fundraising Out of the Darkness Walk: Washington, D.C.
TENTATIVE Date: 10/23/2021
TENTATIVE Location: Lincoln Memorial
Registration: 2:00 pm
Event Time: 4:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Please note: Currently, the date & location are tentative and subject to change. We will update the website upon confirmation from the venue.
• 2:00 PM: Check-in / Registration / Pre-Walk Activities
• 4:00 PM: Opening Ceremony
• 4:25 PM: Walk Begins
• 6:00 PM: Closing Ceremony
• 6:30 PM: Event Ends
For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Kim Fischer Werner
Contact Phone: 646-632-5189
Contact Email: Chair.DCWalk@afsp.org
Registration is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted until December 31st.
Right now, we are looking for volunteers who are passionate about prevention and would like to help create a meaningful experience for our participants to join our 2021 Washington, D.C. OOTD Planning Committee! We are striving to build a dedicated team with a diverse set of talents and areas of interest to plan/coordinate this year’s Walk and make 2021 the best year yet! To learn how you can join the team, please register and join us for any of these upcoming events:
- DC OOTD Planning Committee Orientation: Wednesday, March 3 at 6:30 PM Register Here
Having trouble registering? Click here to view a step-by-step guide. Refer to page 1 if you’re registering yourself or page 5 if you’re registering someone else through your own account. 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).
Help Spread the Word: #StopSuicideNCAC
Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter. You can also use hashtags #OutoftheDarkness and #TogetherToFightSuicide
Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.
There are many more social media outlets, please use any and all to help promote the event. One of the best ways to raise awareness and increase understanding is by sharing your story (see AFSP’s Speaking Out About Suicide Recommendations).
Raise $150 by 10/23/2021 (tentative Walk Date) and receive an official Out of the Darkness T-shirt!
Become a Sponsor!
Download the 2021 Washington, D.C. OOTD Walk Sponsor Packet to learn more about our various sponsorship opportunities. With sponsorship levels starting at just $250, this is a perfect way for large and small businesses to play a role in making suicide prevention a priority in the community. All sponsors will receive marketing benefits and the sooner you sponsor, the more benefits you’ll receive!
Early Bird Sponsor Special! AFSP-NCAC has partnered with Run the Greenway (RTG) to strengthen the impact of our mission to save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide. RTG has generously offered to provide these Early Bird Sponsor Benefits to any sponsor of our 2021 AFSP-NCAC Out of the Darkness Walks (Washington D.C., Fairfax, Loudoun, Manassas) that commits before March 15, 2021.
Early Bird Special Deadline: March 15, 2021
Sponsor T-Shirt Deadline: September 17, 2021
Overall Sponsor Deadline: October 8, 2021
Sponsorship Questions? Contact NCAC Development Chair Jessica Lincoln at email@example.com.
#StopSuicideNCAC Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow us on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter.
Doodle for Dollars Did you know that doodling is a great exercise for your mind? Create your own original doodle or color in one of AFSP’s Mental Health Coloring Pages and post your masterpiece to social media along with a positive message, the link to your online fundraising page, and #StopSuicideNCAC.
Chalk It Up You never know who will be following in your footsteps... Use chalk to decorate your driveway or the sidewalks in your neighborhood with messages of hope for others to see! Don't forget to include the link afsp.org/DC in your drawings, so people know to register and support the Walk!
Activities of Hope and Healing
Losing someone to suicide or caring for someone struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. The Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk is a journey of hope and healing that unites our community and acknowledges the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones. We will have many opportunities and activities for you to share your own story (see AFSP’s Speaking Out About Suicide Recommendations) and honor a loved one all throughout Out of the Darkness season. Some of these will include:
Share Your Story Share a picture or video and why you support Out of the Darkness using the hashtag #StopSuicideNCAC. Make your post public and we will highlight stories on our page. And please be sure to follow us on social media: @AFSP.NCAC on Facebook and @AFSP_NCAC on Instagram and Twitter. Also, don't forget to personalize your team and fundraising pages. This is another great way to let people know why you support suicide prevention and why they should too.
Honor & Remembrance Signs With a $50 gift via this website, receive an 18" x 24" sign in honor or remembrance of the person(s) for whom you walk. Your sign will be displayed on the walk route at the 2021 Washington, D.C. Out of the Darkness Walk and you will be able to take it with you after the event so you may cherish it always. Purchase/Print Deadline: October 8, 2021
Luminaria Display Participants will have an opportunity to create a luminaria in honor or remembrance of the person(s) for whom they walk. We will be displaying these luminarias at a special pre-Walk display event (Date/Location TBD) as well as during the closing ceremony at the D.C. OOTD Walk event. Please stay tuned for more details on how you will be able to create your luminaria and have it displayed as part of these events.
Digital Quilt Post why you walk, how you're participating in the experience, share your fundraising successes, and participate in the social media activities all on our digital quilt! This is a great way to connect with the AFSP community across our community and beyond!
"I'm Walking For" Buttons So you may personalize your own button and wear it proudly as you walk, we will be giving these away at OOTD participant events throughout Walk Season as well as on Walk Day.
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. Learn more by watching our honor bead video.
The walk route is approximately 2.8 miles and is paved and relatively flat. Walkers can absolutely bring strollers on the walk with them as this event is for the whole family. See Walk Route Map Here.
Getting to/from the DC Walk
Parking The National Mall is a very busy area, especially on a Saturday, and parking is at a premium. Private paid parking garages and lots can be found downtown north of the National Mall. Free on-street parking is generally restricted to two hours (ticketing/towing enforced). Limited free day-long parking is available along Ohio Drive, SW (along the Potomac River south of the Lincoln Memorial or in Lots A, B & C south of the Thomas Jefferson Memorial).
Metro The closest Metro Stations are Smithsonian (1.2 miles away) and Foggy Bottom - GWU (0.9 miles away). Information and schedules for Metro can be found at www.wmata.com.
Shuttle Buses from Metro We will be running shuttle buses that will transport walkers from the Smithsonian Metro (Department of Agriculture Exit, South Building - 12th St. and Independence Ave. SW) to the Lincoln Memorial (Daniel French Dr. SW) from 1:30 PM - 7:00 PM. You will be able to identify these buses by the AFSP / Out of the Darkness Walk Signage in the front windows of the busses.