Our community has always been the heart of our Chapters and events like Hike for Hope. Your safety and well-being will always be our top priority, and we are closely monitoring and following CDC and local guidelines to ensure that we can safely host this in-person event. We hope you will join us for many reasons, including:
You belong to a strong community united in an effort to fight suicide while showing up for yourself, recognizing and honoring those you love, raising awareness, educating communities, supporting one another, and sharing hope.
We remain dedicated to providing you with opportunities to connect, heal, share stories, create impact, and show you that you are not alone.
Mental Health and suicide prevention are more important than ever, and we’re confident that with your help we can reach more people than ever before.
Staggered Start & Safety Measures
To ensure we have no more than 25 people in the pavilion at any given time, Hike for Hope will have staggered start times every 30 minutes from 10:00 AM - 1:30 PM (you will be able to reserve your time slop upon registration). Please note that each time slot is limited to only 20 hiker registrations to account for 5 on-site AFSP volunteers to assist participants. See our additional COVID-19 safety measures here.
Help Spread the Word: #StopSuicideNCAC
Share a picture or video and why you support Hike for Hope 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.
Follow us on Facebook! Post to your Facebook page and add the direct link to your fundraising page.
Follow us on Twitter! If you are on Twitter, Tweet about the event. Don’t forget to add #StopSuicideNCAC to your tweets!
Follow us on Instagram! Share and tag your photos with #StopSuicideNCAC!
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).
Become a Sponsor!
Download the 2021 NCA Hike for Hope 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!
Raise $150 by6/12/2021 and receive an official 2021 Hike for Hope T-shirt!
There are a number of opportunities available to help with the Hike for Hope as well as many other areas of the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter. To learn more about these volunteer opportunities and more, please complete our Online Volunteer Application.
#StopSuicideNCAC Share a picture or video and why you support Hike for Hope 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/NCAChike in your drawings, so people know to register and support the Hike!
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 National Capital Area Hike for Hope 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 throughout the Spring leading up to the event. Some of these include:
Share Your Story Share a picture or video and why you support Hike for Hope 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 hike. Your sign will be displayed at the Hike for Hope event and you will be able to take it with you after the event so you may cherish it always. Purchase/Print Deadline: Friday, May 28th.
Digital Quilt Post why you hike, how you're participating in the event, 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!
Q: Will I be able to turn in donations at the Hike for Hope event (cash, check, credit card)?
A: We are not permitted to collect any donations on-site. So, please be sure to either submit your gifts through this website or download the Offline Donation Form and follow its instructions to send in any offline gifts by mail.
Connect with the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter!
Thanks to the support of our incredible volunteers and supporters, the AFSP National Capital Area Chapter (NCAC) is making a difference in our community year-round through research, education, advocacy, and community support. Check out the NCAC website to learn about our impact and some of the exciting things we are doing throughout Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.
The Hike for Hope 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 illness have affected our lives and the lives of those we love and care about.