Community Walk to Stop Diabetes is a new initiative of the American Diabetes Association's movement to Stop Diabetes. This local grass roots walk event will be organized, coordinated and implemented by local Volunteer Walk Coordinators (VWC) in communities that are 75 miles or more from the closest Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes event, the Association's signature walk campaign.
"We are very excited to launch the new Community Walk initiative," said David McShea, National Director, Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes. "We are looking to Community Walk as a great way to engage new volunteers and donors in the Stop Diabetes movement in smaller communities around the country. With a number of smaller Step Out events cancelled since 2009, Community Walk will be able to partially replace the desire to have a walk event in smaller communities, while raising funds and awareness of diabetes."
Volunteer Walk Coordinators (VWC) will register online and express their interest in starting a Community Walk. VWCs will then be contacted to get more information about what it takes to be a VWC, as well as asked to make the first gift of $26 (in honor of the nearly 26 million Americans living with diabetes). All the supporting materials needed for a successful Community Walk will be mailed to the VWC. VWCs will then recruit friends and families, co-workers, clubs and organizations, social groups and school groups to build their team, with an emphasis on fundraising.
Almost anyone could be a great VWC—Someone with the drive and passion to get the word out about diabetes, a commitment to fundraising and a network of family and friends, is a great place to start!
Each Community Walk is unique and has its own local flavor, but some common themes can be found across all events: