Frequently Asked Questions

GENERAL INFO

When and where does this event take place?

The Good Neighbor Walk takes place on Saturday, October 25, 2014.

Check-in for walkers will be between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at 2 Washington Street between Battery Place and Morris Street. Our 3-mile walk will start shortly thereafter. 

2 Washington Street ("A" in the map below) is easily accessible by several subways: 1, R, 4, and 5.

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Who is Community Access?

Community Access is a New York City non-profit that assists people with psychiatric disabilities in making the transition from shelters and institutions to independent living. It provides safe, affordable housing and support services. And it advocates for the rights of people to live without fear or stigma. For more info, check out the About Community Access section of this website.

What is the Good Neighbor Walk?

The Good Neighbor Walk is a Community Access fundraising event that includes a 3-mile Charity Walk and, afterwards, a “Good Neighbor Party.” It's a fun-packed, fully-inclusive event open for anyone to attend—mental health consumers, families, and other caring community members. 

The Good Neighbor Party—for all walkers and guests—will include:

  • A Good Neighbor Award ceremony
  • Great food
  • Music
  • Face painting + Halloween costume competition for kids
  • Games and giveaways

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GETTING INVOLVED

How can I get involved?

There are three main ways you can get involved. You can: (1) join us for the 3-mile walk, (2) sponsor someone else’s participation, and (3) help out as a volunteer. Whatever is the best option for you, we hope you can join us!

Is this event open to people of all ages?

Absolutely! The Good Neighbor Walk is a family-friendly event, with plenty of fun and games on offer for kids (and the young at heart!) And even though a major component of the event is a 3-mile walk, you can still get involved without walking that full distance - for example, by attending the Good Neighbor Party that follows the walk.

How do I register?

You can register in one of two ways: (1) online, or, (2) by completing a one-page registration form, via mail. Either way, we'll be on-hand to help with any aspect of the registration process.

No registration is required for the Good Neighbor Party portion of this event.

Does it cost anything to participate?

Yes, to cover the costs of hosting this event, there is a registration fee for each walker. There are, however, many registration discounts available—including for early registrants (early bird deadline is 9/1/14), and for CA staff, program participants and tenants. Registration fees are as follows:

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  Public $30 $40
  CA Staff $20 $30
  CA Tenant/Program Participant $10 $20
  Children 12 and under FREE FREE

 

How much fundraising will I have to do?

When you register to participate in this event, you will have the opportunity to establish your own personal fundraising goal—which you can then continue to track on your own personal fundraising web page. We suggest a ballpark fundraising goal of $150—adjusting this amount up if you think it won't be much of a stretch, or down if it seems unrealistic (either way, check out our Fundraiser Toolkit for some tips to get you started).  

As much as we encourage Good Neighbor Walk participants to help raise money for our cause, however, it is not required: you do have to pay a registration fee to participate in this event, but you won't be obliged to do anything additional.

Where does the money go?

All proceeds from this event will enable Community Access to make an even bigger difference in helping to end homelessness, and transform the lives of our most vulnerable community members: individuals recovering from psychiatric disabilities, people who have been homeless, young people aging out of foster care, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, veterans, and victims of trauma and abuse.

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What happens if I register, but am then unable to participate?

We would hope that you continue to support the important work of Community Access, and, of course, you'd be more than welcome to participate in other future Good Neighbor Walks. In order to cover the administrative costs of hosting this event, however, registration fees are non-refundable.

What’s the best way for me to tell others about this event?

Get creative... Word-of-mouth, social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, and good old-fashioned email (!) will all help to make the Good Neighbor Walk an event to remember. Check out the Get Social section of this website (using the drop-down menu above), and, if you haven't already done so, "Like" Community Access on Facebook: your one-stop place for Community Access updates, photos, and more!

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DONATIONS

To whom should donation checks be made out?

Please make all checks payable to “Community Access, Inc.”

Where do I mail donations?

Attention: Development Department
Community Access, Inc.
2 Washington Street, 9th Floor
New York,  NY 10004

(Note: clearly write the name of whom you are sponsoring on the check or on a separate piece of paper; otherwise, your donation would be credited as a general donation.)

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FUNDRAISING

What should I do to start raising funds for Community Access?

There are lots of fun and creative ways to raise money for our cause—check out the Fundraiser Toolkit section of this website for some hints and tips to get you started!

What is Kintera?

Kintera is an online service provider offering internet fundraising solutions to charitable organizations. Through the website you can register for the event, collect donations from family and friends, and more.

How can I customize my personal fundraising page?

You can customize your fundraising web page in two ways: (1) by uploading a photo, and (2) by writing a personal message. You can do either of these things as soon as you register, or later—and you can change your message and photo at any time. 

(Note: registering will automatically result in you getting a personal fundraising page, whether or not you opt to subsequently use it. This means you'll have a unique website address (URL) to share with other people.)

Will Kintera help me keep track of who has donated to me?

Yes. Your personal fundraising web page will include a scrolling list of everyone who donates to you, and you'll also receive an automatic email notification every time someone makes a donation in support of you (you can opt out of receiving these emails, if you prefer not to get them).

(Note: if someone chooses to make a donation in support of you anonymously, you will only see that a donation has been made and not who made it.)

Is my information secure?

Yes. Kintera uses industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the internet.

What if I need some technical support?

The Kintera system is designed to be as user-friendly as possible—but if ever you could use a helping-hand, contact Jon Curtis via This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone: (212) 780-1400, ext. 7218.

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GETTING READY & GETTING THERE

What are the health benefits of walking/exercise?

The benefits of walking/exercise can be endless. For starters, it’s an easy way of improving your physical health. Walking regularly will improve your cardiovascular wellbeing, making your heart and lungs healthier.  It can also help you lose weight—especially if combined with a healthy diet. There’s even a lot of evidence that shows how walking increases bone density in some people, which can help guard against osteoporosis.

And then there are the mental benefits of keeping fit. Regular exercise can help boost your confidence and self-belief, as you prove to yourself you can set yourself a target and achieve a goal, and can also be a great stress reliever. For many, it’s been shown to combat depression, too. Check out our Health & Wellness Guide for more info.

Can I bring my dog to the Good Neighbor Walk?

Yes!

What kinds of food and refreshments will be available?

For all walkers, we'll make sure that water is readily available, plus fresh fruit and bagels. And afterwards, at the "Good Neighbor Party," all sorts of food and drink will be on offer—sampling plates, healthy snacks, some freebies, and more.

Will there be any event keepsakes available, as a memento of my participation?

Most definitely!  In addition to Good Neighbor Walk t-shirts, we'll also have Community Access mugs, tote bags, and pens. Plus many copies of C, the in-house magazine of Community Access.

Where is a parking garage close to 2 Washington Street?

State Pearl Garage
1 Battery Park Plz #2
New York, NY 10004

This is about a 5 minute walk to the morning registration tables at 2 Washington Street.

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(P.S. THE LEGAL BIT...)

Will I have to sign some kind of legal disclaimer before participating in this event...  (you know, in case it results in my being injured or some such thing)?

In short, yes.  When you register for the Good Neighbor Walk you'll be asked to "agree" to the following legal statement:

By agreeing to this Waiver and Release, I understand the intent thereof, and I hereby agree to release from responsibility and waive all claims against the Community Access non-profit organization, the organizers of the Good Neighbor Walk event, corporate sponsors, cooperating organizations, and any other parties connected with this event in anyway, or person, singly or collectively, for any blame or liability, demand, injury, harm, loss of property, or damage I might sustain as a result of participation in the Good Neighbor Walk and activities associated therewith. I fully accept and assume all risks and all responsibility for losses, costs and damages I incur as a result of my participation in this event. I certify that I have read this waiver, fully understood that I have given up substantial rights by agreeing to this waiver and have acknowledged this waiver freely of my own will and accord. I confirm that the information provided to be correct. I agree that I will adhere to the rules and regulations set forth by Community Access and the Good Neighbor Walk event.

I also give full permission for the use of my name and photograph in connection with this event.

 

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