Frequently Asked Questions
What is Friendship Walks?
Friendship Walks is a 1.5 mile fun and peaceful walk around the National Mall to focus on ending homelessness in the Washington D.C. region. From Veterans to families, we will advocate for everyone to have a place to call home.
Where will the proceeds go?
Friendship Place offers the most effective model for addressing adult homelessness, with innovative, customized, person-centric programs that empower participants to rebuild their lives, find homes, get jobs and reconnect with friends, family and the community, permanently. All proceeds raised will go directly back into funding our programs.
Donations are tax-deductible and your donation will enable us to provide help and hope to those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
How do I sign up?
To register as an individual, click here and select the "Join as New Participant" option. Note: Please select the "Join as a New Participant Option," even if you have participated in a previous Friendship Walks. The Returning User option is for participants who have already registered for Friendship Walks 2016.
What time is the walk?
The walk will begin at 10:30am and runs until approximately noon.
Why are teams important to success?
Anyone can form a team -- companies, organizations, families, schools, friends, clubs - you name it! Team sizes can range from as few as two walkers to hundreds. Forming a Friendship Walks team is a great way to build company morale and camaraderie among co-workers and increase community spirit.
Is it difficult to organize a team?
Not at all! Once you have registered as a team captain, Friendship Place staff WILL provide you with all the materials, guidance and motivation you need to form a successful team.
What does it mean to be a Team Captain?
Team Captains are the liaison between team members and Friendship Walks. They are responsible for recruiting walkers and motivating team members to raise funds for Friendship Walks.
What are the benefits of using online fundraising?
Online fundraising is designed to make your fundraising efforts more successful. Some of the benefits include:
- Make personal donations, send emails, track donations and send thank you notes to donors with ease and speed
- Track progress towards goals with online fundraising thermometer
- Personalize your fundraising page by sharing your story and reasons for participating in Friendship Walks
- Automatic confirmation and receipt for donors for charitable gifts
- Acceptance of all major credit cards
Are pets, bicycles or strollers allowed?
Strollers are welcome at all walk sites; however, bicycles are not allowed. Pets are welcome on leashes at the walk site, but please check with your local Friendship Place staff partner to confirm.
Can my child participate in the walk?
The walk is a family event and all ages can participate. With a little help, kids have the potential to become great fundraisers and helping others is a great life lesson!
How long is the route?
Friendship Walks is a non-competitive 1.5 mile event on the National Mall.
What if it rains?
Friendship Walks takes place rain or shine! If there is dangerous weather, Friendship Place staff will notify participants to make alternate plans.
How do I turn in donations?
Funds raised online are automatically directed to Friendship Place. For funds raised offline, please turn in money at the walk. You also have the opportunity to turn in money prior to the walk by dropping it off at the Friendship Place Administrative Offices located at 3655 Calvert Street NW, Washington D.C.
To whom should checks be made out to?
Please make checks payable to Friendship Place.