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You might have thought we were going down that road – as in a walk withOUT a road – and you would have been right!
Our annual outreach and fundraising Walk (formerly known as MINDWalk) is looking a little different this year – and it’s not just the name! We are NOT canceling it – not when our collective mental health needs are at their greatest. Instead, we are pleased to announce a walk for our times:
It’s exactly what it sounds like! We’ll offer up some great activities and ideas leading up to the event and on event day, but you get to make NAMIWalks your own! What’s even more exciting is knowing that you will be joining with thousands of other participants around the country who will be a part of one of the 115+ NAMIWalks happening!
Register today, choose an activity for you and/or your team to do on October 3 and then fundraise! It can be walking, bike riding, yoga, gardening, a bingo game, outdoor movie night, whatever you want to do!
Click here for some activity ideas to get you started. If you can’t figure out what to do, here’s another great idea:
We’ll gather together in the back parking lot of the North Avenue Alliance Church (901 North Ave., Burlington) beginning at 12 noon to decorate our cars with streamers, signs, flags and window markers. Our parade will kick off at 1 pm with a police escort on a pre-determined route around downtown Burlington.
Please note: We will be following health and safety guidelines and ask that you not attend if you are sick, have a fever or cough, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. We will be supplying NAMI Vermont face masks and hand sanitizers for your use.
Carpooling will be allowed, but we request that you wear masks, practice safe distancing and make sure there is spacing between people in your vehicle (unless you are family members or have been quarantined together).
All month, we’ve been offering a daily activity for you to try out on your own, with your teammates, with your family. Each day has a theme from FunDay Sunday to Crafty Saturday and the activities range from craft ideas to fall recipes; from mindful exercises to physical activities and more! Click the calendar below!
There’s still time to try out this challenge. Download the sheet below and do the 10 activities listed in 10 days. As you do each activity, mark it off on the challenge sheet and when you are done, email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be entered into a drawing for a prize!
We’ve worked with other NAMI organizations around the country to pull together a playlist of inspiring mental health songs for you to listen to during your activity on Saturday. Whether you are walking or biking or working out in the garden, use this playlist to keep you moving!
Please note: you will need to login to Spotify to hear the complete list. If you do not have a Spotify account, it’s really easy – and FREE – to sign up. Visit https://www.spotify.com/us/ to learn more.
Click here to download a pdf of signs. Write messages on these signs and use them in your pictures that you post on social media! Be sure to tag NAMI Vermont and use the hashtags #NotAlone, #MentalHealthforAll and #NAMIWalks .
CHEESE RAFFLE – Congratulations to Diane Abruzzini for winning the raffle for the Premium Gift Box from Cabot Creamery Co-Operative!
TOP FUNDRAISER PRIZE – on October 3, the top fundraiser will win an exclusive NAMIWalks LIMITED EDITION shirt and a $25 gift card to Cumberland Farms. Be the top fundraiser and you can drive around in your newly filled-up car while wearing your new shirt that only a few people in the country will have.
Do you need help registering your personal or your team fundraising page? Use this step-by-step tutorial video to help you through the process:
By being a sponsor of this event, you are joining us on the front lines to raise awareness and ensure that all Vermonters continue to receive the necessary support and education they need to maintain their mental health.
BlueCross BlueShield of Vermont
Counseling Service of Addison County
Co-Op Insurance Companies
Health Care & Rehabilitation Services
Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital
Washington County Mental Health Services
Funds from our walkathon support the following:
Together, we can work toward our goal of Mental Health for All!