FAQ

Do you have a question about the Seattle AIDS Walk? Check out the FAQ's below to see if we've been able to answer your question. Have a question that you don't see here? Feel free to email us.

What is the location and date of the Seattle AIDS Walk?

The Seattle AIDS Walk & 5K Run will be held on Saturday, September 25th at Volunteer Park in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood. The park will open at 9:00 a.m. for donation drop off and t-shirt pick-up. The opening ceremonies will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Seattle AIDS Walk commences promptly at 10:00 a.m., starting and finishing at Volunteer Park, rain or shine!

How do I get to Volunteer Park and where should I park my car?

The main entrance to Volunteer Park is located at 14th Ave E & E Prospect St on Capitol Hill. Street parking is available surrounding the park. Visit Google Maps for specific driving directions and Metro Online Trip Planner for bus information

What is the route?

The Walk begins at Volunteer Park, and proceeds south on 12th Ave, turning west on Union St, then north on Broadway Ave E, then east on E Prospect St back to Volunteer Park. View a map of the AIDS Walk route.

What is the length of the walk?

The total length is approximately 5K. View a map of the AIDS Walk route.

How can I participate if I am out of town on the day of the walk?

Thank you. We'd provided ways for you participate whether you are here in Seattle or half way across the world. Sign up as a Virtual Walker!
Sign up easily online and choose the Virtual Walker participation type. You will have access to all of our online fundraising tools, such as e-mail and your personal fundraising page.

How do I raise money?

The first thing you should do is set up your personal fundraising web page and send out e-mails to your friends, family, and co-workers inviting them to sponsor you. Also, try social media - create an event on your Facebook or Myspace page with links, or set up a Twitter account dedicated to your walk and include links to your personal fundraising page. We also have great fundraising tips to help you get started.

What do the funds that I raise support?

Your donations and sponsorships will go directly to Lifelong AIDS Alliance. We are a comprehensive AIDS service organization (ASO) located in Seattle, offering a spectrum of care services, advocacy, and prevention education for people in the Puget Sound region.

Care programs include information and referrals, nutritional support including meal and grocery delivery, housing, and medication adherence. Our insurance program is statewide, and helps people with HIV and AIDS pay their insurance premiums. The prevention education team works with some of the highest-risk populations in our area: men who have sex with men, transgendered women, and young people.

As Lifelong is the only ASO in the Northwest with a full-time advocacy team, our national advocacy also includes work on behalf of Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska. The advocacy team works at the local, state, and national levels to ensure that legislators and policy makers consider the unique needs of people living with HIV and AIDS in their decisions.

Lifelong strives to stay at the forefront of the AIDS crisis and respond quickly to changes in the epidemic, while providing a stable resource for people living with the disease.

If I e-mail my friends and family through the Seattle AIDS Walk website, will they receive e-mail from Lifelong AIDS Alliance?

No. E-mail addresses entered into the AIDS Walk website through My Home Base are private and will not receive e-mail from Lifelong or the AIDS Walk. If one of your contacts chooses to support you through a donation, they will have the option to opt out of receiving future emails from Lifelong.

Is my donation tax deductible?

Yes it is. A tax receipt will be emailed to you immediately following your online donation. If you have any concerns regarding your tax receipt, please e-mail us.

If someone sponsors me with a check, what information do they need to provide so that I will get credited?

Please have the donor fill out a sponsor form and attach it to your check. Please also write your (the walker's) name on the memo line of the check. We will make sure to apply the check to your total. Download the sponsor form.

I am a Seattle Business who would like to be a sponsor. What do I need to do?

First of all, thank you for supporting your local community. It is because of business like you that we can serve as many people as we can every year. For sponsorship opportunities, please email Lynn Scherer or call (206) 957-1630. To find out more about forming an AIDS Walk team at your business, please email Tim Orth or call (206) 957-1638.

I have a matching gift request from my company or donor. Where should I send it?

Matching gift forms may be mailed to:
Lifelong AIDS Alliance
Attn: Seattle AIDS Walk
1002 E Seneca St
Seattle, WA 98122.

If I'm not sure if my employer matches gifts, who should I contact?

Contact your human resources department to check whether your company matches charitable contributions.

What can I do to help by volunteering?

There are many opportunities to volunteer at the Seattle AIDS Walk. For more information, visit the volunteer page or call (206) 957-1776.

Can I bring my dog?

We welcome your canine pal as long as it is kept on leash and is well-behaved around other dogs (and children!). Dog owners should bring enough supplies to clean up after their pets, especially along the walk route and in grassy areas where children play.

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