A Virtual NAMIWalks? YES!

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:

NAMIWalks Your Way
October 3, 2020

What is NAMIWalks Your Way?

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:

A CAR PARADE!
1 pm in downtown Burlington

That’s right! We’ve received permission to have a car parade around town and we’re inviting you to join us to honk our horns, wave our signs and make a little noise for mental health!

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.

We will limit the parade to 25 cars, so if you would like to join us, click on this link to register you and your vehicle today.

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).

DAILY VIRTUAL ACTIVITIES

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!

NEW! THE 10/10 CHALLENGE

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 aperry@namivt.org to be entered into a drawing for a prize!

10/10 Challenge Sheet

NEW! SPOTIFY PLAYLIST

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.

SIGNS OF HOPE

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 .

PRIZES, PRIZES AND MORE PRIZES!
  • Everyone who registers automatically receives a NAMI Vermont face mask and hand sanitizer!
  • Raise $100 and win a NAMIWalks T-Shirt
  • Raise $1,000 and join an exclusive group – NAMIWalks Walk Stars – and receive a free NAMIWalks Walk Star Pin!

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.

Donation Tips:

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:

Thank You to Our 2020 NAMIWalks Your Way Vermont Community Sponsors

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.

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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:

  • 12+ support groups throughout the state
  • Educational courses that include: 8-week intensive classes, one-day workshops, presentations and provider classes that focus on mental health recovery, management, treatment, and wellness.
  • Advocacy to ensure a voice for peers and family members at the local, state and federal level to protect funding and ensure access to the right care at the right time in the right setting.
  • In Our Own Voice – an educational program in which two trained speakers share their compelling personal stories of living with a mental health condition and achieving recovery.

Together, we can work toward our goal of Mental Health for All!