1 Million Steps 4 OCD – 5k Walk in Boston 2014

1 Million Steps 4 OCD – 5K Walk in Boston

If you live in New England we invite you to join our Boston Walk on June 7th 2014 Last year members of the OCD community came from all around the Boston region and as far away as Maine Vermont andven Pennsylvania to join the fun This year we invite those of you in the Northeast to join us again as we walk for OCD awareness at Jamaica Pond in Boston.

Registration for the walk is $25 and includes a 2014 Walk T-shirt! There will also be awards for the top fundraisers — both for individual walkers and walk teams Additionally a raffle will be held for all those present at the Boston Walk Forach $100 raised you will receive a ticket to bentered into a raffle for prizes donated by local businesses As an added bonus all Boston walkers who raise $1,000 or more will be invited to attend a special After Party held on the roof deck of the Residence Inn Boston Back Bay-Fenway — overlooking the famed Fenway Park home of the Boston Red Sox — immediately following the Walk

See below for details about the Boston Walk!

Our inspiration

In 2012 Denis Asselin walked over 500 miles — or roughly one million steps — from his home in Cheyney PA to Boston MA in memory of his son Nathaniel Nathaniel took his own life at just 24 after a long struggle with severe body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) and OCD After Nathaniel’s death Denis decided tombark on a pilgrimage to honor Nathaniel and to raise awareness about the disorder that stole his young son’s life On June 5 2012 Denis completed his walk in Boston and was greeted by staff of the International OCD Foundation as well as friends family and members of the OCD community at a rally honoring Denis and supporting OCD and BDD awareness.

The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk was created the following year in the same spirit of raising awareness funds and hope It is in this spirit of hope that we invite you to join us.
WALK DETAILS

WHAT 1 Million Steps 4 OCD – 5K Walk in Boston

WHERE Jamaica Pond

507 Jamaicaway Boston MA 02130

WHEN Saturday June 7th 2014

Registration Begins 8:00am
Opening Ceremony 9:30am
Walk Start Time 10:00am

COST The fee to register is $25 and includes a commemorative 2014 Walk T-shirt Raise money and awareness as one of hundreds of dedicated walkers Ask for donations from your friends and family on your very own fundraising webpage

 

GETTING THERE Jamaica Pond is located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston There is limited parking on the northwest side of the pond but wencourage you to use public transportation on the walk day The #39 bus travels from Back Bay Station (commuter rail and subway service) and stops one block away from the walk start You can use the MBTA travel planner to determine the quickest route to the walk from your location Or you can use Google Maps (above)

We have many resources tools and tips in our Fundraising Toolkit to help you get started raising OCD awareness and fundraising for the IOCDF You can find the toolkit online at www.iocdf.org/fundraising-kit/ Don’t forget to use hashtag #1Million4OCD when sharing your fundraising page!

Questions? Read the FAQ about our Boston Walk here.

Thank You to our Sponsors!

 

FAQs

What is the 1 Million Steps 4 OCD – 5K Walk in Boston?

The 1 Million Steps 4 OCD – 5K Walk in Boston is a fundraiser and awareness-raisingvent to support the work of the International OCD Foundation It is part of

our 1 Million Steps 4 OCD campaign with walks happening in Boston Sacramento

and grassroots “virtual walks” happening in communities across the country.

When and where is the Boston Walk?

The 5K-walk location is the historic and picturesque Jamaica Pond in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston We anticipate that 300-plus members of the local community will join in our Walk as well as hundreds of others that will support thevent as virtual walkers online and on social media

Set-up                              7:00 to 8:30 AM

Registration                     8:00 to 9:30 AM

Opening Ceremony        9:30 to 10:00 AM

Walk begins                    10:00 to 11:30 AM

Closing Ceremony         11:30 AM to 12:00 PM (Including RAFFLE)

Tear Down                       12:00 to 1:00 PM

Who is organizing the Walk?

The International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) is a donor-supported nonprofit organization Founded in 1986 by a small group of individuals with OCD the Foundation has grown into an international membership-based organization serving a broad community of individuals with OCD and related disorders their family members and loved ones and mental health professionals and researchers We have affiliates in 22 states and territories in the US in addition to partnerships with other OCD organizations around the world The Foundation aims to improve outcomes for individuals with OCD and related disorders by:

Providing resources and support for those affected by OCD including individuals with OCD and related disorders their family members friends and loved ones.
Increasing access toffective treatment through

Educating mental health professionals aboutvidence-based treatments.
Providing a forum for professional collaboration and networking.
Supporting research into the causes of and treatments for OCD and related disorders.

Promoting awareness about OCD and related disorders to the OCD community and the general public
How do I register?

Registration isasy! Go online to

To Walk with us in Boston https://www.firstgiving.com/19030/1-million-steps-4-ocd-boston

To Walk virtually in your own community https://www.firstgiving.com/19030/1-million-steps-4-ocd-walk-your-community

What is the minimum donation required?

The registration fee to participate is $25 and you will receive a commemorative Walk T-shirt! (one shirt per donor) There is no minimum donation beyond the $25 registration but wencourage you to challenge yourself and help us fundraise by creating a fundraising page on FirstGiving and sharing the Walk with your friends family members and social media networks

How do I start my own team?

It’s very simple! When you register you will have the ability to start a team and serve as the team captain or to join anxisting team

Will there be awards for walkers and fundraisers?

There will be awards for

Top Team – Largest walk team at the Boston walk (based on number of participants who attend walk)

Top Walker – Most fundraised dollars of any registered Boston walker

Top Virtual Walker – Most fundraised dollars of any registered Virtual walker

Where do the funds from the Walk go?

All funds raised support the mission and programs of the International OCD Foundation The mission of the International OCD Foundation is to help individuals with obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and related disorders to live full and productive lives Our aim is to increase access toffective treatmentnd the stigma associated with mental health issues and foster a community for those affected by OCD and the professionals who treat them.

 

What if I want to fundraise but I don’t want to participate in the Walk?

Yes you can register as a “virtual walker” have access to the same fundraising tools! Click here to register as a virtual walker .
Can I just show-up and register the day of the Walk?

Wencourage all walkers to pre-register online before the day of the walk.

Can I bring my dog to the Walk:

Yes you can bring your dog if it is socialized to be near other dogs and strangers All Dogs MUST be on a leash at all times You may NOT roller blade roller skate or ride a bike around the Pond.

Is there Parking at thevent?

There is limited parking on the northwest side of the pond but wencourage you to use public transportation on the walk day The #39 bus travels from Back Bay Station (commuter rail and subway service) and stops one block away from the walk start You can use the MBTA travel planner (www.mbta.com) to determine the quickest route to the walk from your location Or you can use Google Maps (Jamaica Way and Pond Street Jamaica Plain.)

How do I get a T-Shirt?

All Walkers who register and pay the $25 registration fee will receive a t-shirt

Will all my family members get a T-shirt?

Every “individual” walker who registers and pays the $25 registration fee will receive a T-shirt

What if I have more questions about thevent?

Call ormail 1-617-973-5801 or info@iocdf.org

DONATIONS

How do I turn in donations?

We ask you toncourage your sponsors to make their pledge online using your fundraising page link Please do not mail in cash contributions You can write out a personal check for any cash you receive To turn in your contribution you can mail your donations to

International OCD Foundation

1 Million Steps 4 OCD Walk

P O Box 961029

Boston MA 02196

Checks should be made out to the IOCDF (International OCD Foundation) Please put your name on the memo line ofach check.

Don’t forget about matching gifts

Check with yourmployer if they provide a matching gift program Obtain your matching gift form from your human resource department and include it with your check.

 

Can I use FedEx UPS or Certified Mail to turn in my donations?

Yes at your discretion you may use the above methods to turn in your donations Please use the Foundation office address:

International OCD Foundation

18 Tremont Street Suite 903

Boston MA 02108

What if my donors need a receipt?

Walkers and sponsors who make an online donation via our website will receive anmail confirmation that can be used for tax purposes Offline check or credit card contributions that are received and made out to the IOCDF for $100 or more will receive a thank you letter from us that can be used for tax purposes

 

Can I mail in cash?

No please don’t send in cash For any cash donations you receive please deposit the contribution into your checking account and send in a personal check.

 

How do I get a copy of your 501(c)(3) letter and/or tax id number?

Our EIN is EIN 22-2894564

For a copy of our 501(c)3 letter please contact Pam Lowy at plowy@iocdf.org

Are donations tax deductible?

All donations are tax deductible in the same calendar year your donation was processed to thextent allowed by law Please work with your tax professional to determine what deductions you areligible for.

 

Can I send a money order or cashier’s check?

Yes we accept money orders and cashier’s checks for donations

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