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Mission Statement

Volunteers Needed Start! making a difference
Since 1924, the American Heart Association has been combating cardiovascular disease and stroke, the nation's #1 and #3 leading causes of death. We need your help.


On November 1, thousands of people from across the Greater Washington Region will descend on the National Mall for the Start! Heart Walk, a signature event of the American Heart Association that raises funds for research and education programs across the country. Ninety-three cents of every dollar donated to this event goes directly back into the lifesaving mission of the American Heart Association, helping us build healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Volunteers are needed for a variety of volunteer job posts the day of the event, including participant registration, hosting activity tents, event set up and breakdown, encouraging and motivating walkers and much more! Interested in joining us for the morning? Register as a member of our volunteer team by sending an email to startwalk.wdc@heart.org or by calling TJ Gioconda at (703) 248-1715. Most volunteers will be needed some time between 7:00 am and 1:00 pm. Volunteers must be 18 or older or be accompanied by an adult and will be trained when they arrive the morning of the event. Drinks and snacks will also be available when you arrive. When you check in, you will receive your complimentary sweatshirt and then be dispatched to your location.

Volunteer Opportunities include... MISSION : Disseminate information on research, education, advocacy efforts and patient services programs related to cardiovascular diseases. Highlight AHA's cause initiatives, including our Go Red for Women, Alliance for a Healthier Generation and Power to End Stroke campaigns.

REGISTRATION: Greet and sign in participants. Distribute goody bags.

REFRESHMENTS: Set up and distribute snacks and water to all walkers.

ROUTE MARSHALS: Direct walkers to stay on the course.

BANNERS & SIGNS: Hang and post banners & signs

VOLUNTEER CHECK-IN: Sign in and direct volunteers to their stations. Set up refreshments for volunteers.

GREETERS AND CHEERERS: Greet walkers and lead them to registration. Cheer them on and give directions throughout the day.

SET UP/BREAK DOWN: Assist with setting up and/or tearing down tables, materials and refreshments before and after the event.

Join the Greater Washington community in helping us walk all over heart disease and stroke on November 1 st.



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