Walk for Sojourner Truth House (STH) - Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)Q: What is the WALK for STH?
A: Walk for STH is an annual event in its 19th year, held to raise funds for Sojourner Truth House, a not for profit organization in Gary, Indiana. Donations from sponsors and our walkers' donors support STH and provide help and hope for homeless and at-risk women and children.
Q: Is my personal information secure?
A: Yes. Blackbaud has made every effort to protect your information. They use industry-standard SSL encryption techniques to make sure that your credit card information, passwords, and personal information travel securely over the internet. They have also installed an encryption engine on their database server so that your data is securely stored.
Q: Is there a registration fee?
A: No, there is no registration fee. However, we do ask each participant to strive to raise a minimum of $100 to support the programs and services of STH. Each walker is provided with a personal webpage which makes fundraising easy and fun!
Q: How do I form a team?
A: Chose "Form a Team" during the registration process. If you already registered as an individual, contact us (contact information below) to change your registration to "Team Captain." After you become a team captain, decide on a name for your team and then invite family, friends, co-workers…everyone you come in contact with to join your team!
Q: How do I join an existing team?
A: When registering, you'll see a drop down menu listing the names of all currently registered teams. Select the name of the team you want to join and complete the registration process. You'll be listed on that team's page and your personal fundraising goal will be added to the team's overall total donations collected, in real time.
Q: What constitutes a team?
A: Typically, walk teams are made up of groups of walkers that represent a family, a company or business, an organization, church or civic group. In most cases, a walk team is organized by or for someone who wants to support the cause that the walk benefits. Teams can be any size, but we ask team captains to strive for a minimum of 10 team members.
Q: How do groups of walkers identify themselves as a Team the day of a walk?
A: Some teams distinguish themselves by wearing a Team T-shirt. Others wear the same hats or carry signs, placards or a banner that has their team, company or organization's name and/or logo. The Walk for STH logo may be used in your design and is available by contacting us (contact information below).
Q: Can someone walk with me without registering or fundraising?
A: Absolutely! This is a community, family-friendly event! Just make sure that they have signed and returned a participant waiver form available at the registration table.
Q: What is the minimum age requirement? Can my kids walk with me?
A: Walkers of all ages are encouraged to participate! Any walker under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed participant waiver form to participate in the event.
Q: How do I find a participant's fundraising page?
A: On the left-hand side of the homepage, click on "Sponsor a Participant" link on the right side and then search for the participant by first or last name.
Q: How far will I have to walk?
A: The normal walk route is approximately 1.6 miles and begins and ends at Sojourner Truth House. There is also a shorter route around Froebel Park that is less than one mile.
Q: What if I can't walk that far?
A: In the event that you need a little help, the route will always be patrolled by individuals in orange vests who can provide assistance when needed.
Q: Can I bring my pet on the Walk?
A: For the safety and comfort of all, we ask that you do NOT bring your pet(s) to the event. We are not equipped to accommodate pets and we are also mindful of fellow participants' fears and allergies. Thanks in advance for your understanding and cooperation on this matter.
Q: What will happen if it rains on Walk day?
A: The Walk will take place rain or shine. Therefore we encourage you to observe weather forecasts and be prepared for walking in inclement weather.
Q: I'm not able to attend, can I still participate?
A: Yes! You can be a virtual walker and be with us "in spirit" at the event. Choose "Virtual Walker" during the registration process. You will be provided your own web page and can raise funds just the same as any other participant.
Q: Do I have to collect donations in order to walk?
A: This event is held to raise money to support the work done by Sojourner Truth House and each walker is encouraged to raise a minimum of $100 which helps us make a difference in the fight against homelessness. Registering is quick and easy! Then you can encourage friends, family and co-workers to help you reach your goal.
Q: How do I find out about volunteering for this event?
A: Many volunteers are needed to have a successful event! Please register on the walk website or contact Kristy Olsen at (219) 885-2282 Ext. 103 for more information about volunteer opportunities.
Q: What if I forgot my username from a previous year?
A: Click here to retrieve your username.
Q: How can I get my password if I forget it?
A: Click here to retrieve your password.
Q: Why don't I see the donation I just made online?
A: If you made your donation online it is immediately applied to the walker or team you chose. If you can't find it on the walker or team page where you believe it should be, please contact us (contact information below).
Q: Why don't I see the donation I mailed in or delivered to STH?
A: Please allow 48-72 hour for processing all donations made offline. If it’s been more than 72 hours, please contact us (contact information below). Also, please be sure to put your name in the memo section of each check or money order, so that you can be properly credited.
Q: Can I bring donations I've collected on the day of the Walk?
A: Yes! We will accept your donations on the day of the Walk. Please go to the check-in tables upon arrival to turn in your donations. Be sure to put your name in the memo section of each check or money order, so that you can be properly credited.
Q: What do I do with the donations collected after the walk?
A: Please convert all monies into a check or money order and mail to STH (contact information below). Be sure to put your name in the memo section of each check or money order, so that you can be properly credited.
Still have questions or need more help? Please reach us at the number or email below.