Volunteers are needed for a variety of jobs, both before and during the Walk. You can help us promote the Walk in your community, organize and recruit sponsors for the event, prep materials in the office prior to the Walk, or help on the day of the event. Jobs range from set up and tear down to assisting with check-in. Some volunteer opportunities do not require walking or standing. Please check with us to see if you can help! Click on the Volunteer link on the left menu bar of this page to register as a volunteer for the event. Someone will contact you regarding volunteer opportunities.
Can I walk if I don’t form a team?
History shows us you will have more fun and raise more money if you come as part of a team, but it is perfectly fine to walk as an Individual.
Do I receive prizes for raising money for Walk to End Lupus NowTM?
The Team Challenge Award
Team Challenge Award is given to the highest fundraising team in each category: Corporate, Community Service, and Family and Friends.
The Team Participation Award
Team Participation Award is given to the team with the most members in each category: Corporate, Community Service, and Family and Friends.
Circle of Friends
Circle of Friends certificates are awarded to any team or individual that reaches a fundraising level indicated below. Certificates are awarded for the highest category that a team or individual achieves. Circle of Friends Awards will be posted on the Results page. Circle of Friends recipients will also be acknowledged in the final Purple Pages, End of Summer Chapter E-Newsletter, and in our Chapter Newsletter: the Lupus Line.
Levels of Circle of Friends: Bronze ($1,000+), Silver ($2,500+), Gold ($5,000+), and Platinum ($10,000+)
Course Marker Signs
Course Marker Signs will be awarded to any team or individual participant that raises $250 or more. The Course Marker Signs line the Walk course and generally display messages in honor or in memory of a loved one or encouraging messages to all participants. Signs are earned in increments of $250. Please note: an individual donation made to a team or participant of $250 or more allows the donor to identify the wordage for the Course Marker Sign. All additional earned wording is at the discretion of the Team Captain. The deadline for Course Marker Signs is Monday, May 9, 2016.
CLICK HERE to submit your Course Marker Sign Wordage.
Event Day T-Shirts
Each individual walker who collects $100 or more in donations by Walk Day will be able to receive a Walk to End Lupus Now Event T-shirt. Walk teams will receive a T-shirt for every $100 raised, up to the number of members on the team. When your team raises $500 or more by Monday, April 25, 2016, your team's name will be listed on the Walk to End Lupus Now Event T-shirt.
Does a team need to have a minimum number of walkers?
No. There is no minimum size for a team, but the LFA encourages participants to recruit a minimum of 5 team members.
How do I start a team?
Create a team by following the instructions in the Event Guide PDF found on the Team Captain and Participant Materials page. You can also click the Register Now button on the Walk website to create a team. Use your team page to spread the word among family, friends, and colleagues. Encourage every team member to raise at least $100. We give you all the essential materials and tools to make sure you build a successful team. Learn more by visiting the Team Captain and Participant Materials page from the left navigation bar. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact our Chapter Office at 866-517-5070.
How does the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc. use the contributions?
Funds raised by the Walk to End Lupus NowTM are used to support research, education, and support services for those affected by lupus in the Greater Philadelphia area, including Southern New Jersey. 90% of all funds remain local, and 10% support the National Research Program, Bringing Down the Barriers. For more information on how the Lupus Foundation of America, Philadelphia Tri-State Chapter uses contributions, visit our website at www.lupustristate.org or call us at 866-517-5070 for more information.
How long is the Walk?
There will be two route options: a 2K and a 4K.
I cannot walk, but would like to fundraise. May I?
Yes! Register as a Virtual Participant (you can even create a Virtual Team!) and use the fundraising page that is automatically created during registration to collect donations from your friends, family, co-workers, etc. Download theTeamKit to learn how to customize your page for your needs and how to email your supporters.
Is there a registration fee?
There is no registration fee, but each individual walker must collect $100 or more in donations by Walk day to receive a Walk to End Lupus NowTM Event T-shirt. Pledge to raise $100 or more by setting a personal Fundraising Goal when you register! Walk Teams will receive a Walk to End Lupus NowTMT-shirt for every $100 raised, up to the number of members on the team. If you collect $250 or more you will receive a Course Marker Sign (for every increment of $250 raised).
About the Website
How do I register for the 8th Annual Walk to End Lupus Now online?
Simply click on the Register Now button on the Walk website. If you plan to have a team or would like more information before registering, please download a Team Captain Kit from the Team Center or a Participant Kit in the Participant and Team Captain Materials section of the navigation bar.
Is my information secure?
Yes. The LFA and our vendor, DonorDrive have made every effort to protect your information. This website uses industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the Internet.
Can friends and family make a donation to a walker by going through the main website?
Yes. On the home page of the event website, friends and family can find a walker by searching for them by using the Fundraiser Search portal on the left hand side. By typing in the name of the walker, they will be directed to the participant's personal webpage where a donation can be made. Please note, all donations must now either be generic to the Walk to End Lupus NowTMcampaign, or to a specific Fundraiser for the event. If you would like to donate to a specific participant, you must follow the above instructions.