Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Fresno AIDS Walk?
The Fresno AIDS Walk is an HIV/AIDS awareness and fundraising event benefiting The Living Room and presented by WestCare California Inc., a non-profit organization that offers a variety of programs & services throughout California pertaining to Mental Health & Wellness, Treatment & Rehabilitation, Veterans' Services,  Criminal Justice, Housing Opportunities and Education & Prevention. The Living Room, a project of WestCare California, serves as Fresno’s only AIDS/HIV social support center.

When is the Fresno AIDS Walk?
The Fresno AIDS Walk will take place the morning of Saturday, October 20th, 2018.

Where does the event take place?
The Fresno AIDS Walk will take place starting and ending at Woodward Park’s Park View shelter.

How long is the event?
The Fresno AIDS Walk will begin with registration at 8:00 am, the walk/run itself at 10:00 am and the post-walk celebration, raffles & award ceremonies beginning at 11:00 am and ending at 12:00 pm.

How long is the walk?
This event will consist of a walk and a separate 5k run. From start to finish, the walk will last one point two five (1.25) total miles and the run will last three point one (3.1) total miles.

Will the event be cancelled in the case of bad weather?
No! The Fresno AIDS Walk will take place rain or shine. Please check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. Click on Fresno, CA for the area’s weather forecast.

What is the best way to get to the event?
For convenience, enter Woodward Park from the Audubon Drive entrance. The Park View shelter will be clearly visible on your left hand side.

What is the schedule of events for Saturday, October 22nd?
The schedule for the Fresno AIDS Walk is as follows:
Same-day registration begin: 8:00 am
AIDS Walk Begins: 10:00 am with runners taking off first.

Stick around for our post-Walk celebration with performances, raffles, a medal presentation for our top three male and female runners, recognition of our top fundraising individuals and teams and a tribute to those we remember.

Is there a cost to participate?
While the walk portion of the event will be free, those that will be participating in the 5k run will be asked to pay $25 for their participation, but will receive an event t-shirt. Runner registration will be posted soon. All participants can also expect to pay a $5 fee for parking at Woodward Park. Regardless of if they are walking or running, we strongly encourage everyone interested to donate or raise donations from outside sources.

How do I register for the Fresno AIDS Walk?
Registration for walkers is now open! Please visit our registration page here. Registration for those interested in participating in the 5k run will be posted soon.

Is there a donation deadline?
We will continue to accept donations (online, checks and cash) for Fresno AIDS Walk 2018 until the day of the event, October 20th. Donations will continue to be attributed to participant accounts.

If someone wants to donate by personal check, who should the check be made payable to?
Checks should be made payable to WestCare California, Inc. Where do I send donations made by check?
Checks should be sent to:
WestCare California
Attn: Fresno AIDS Walk
PO Box 12107
Fresno, CA 93776
Please make sure there is a donation form attached so we know to post the donation to your participant account. To download a donation form  click here.

What is a Matching Gift Program?
Many companies today will match your fundraising dollar with every dollar. It's a great way to effectively double your fundraising efforts. If your company doesn't currently match funds, ask your company's Human Resources manager if they will start a program. You would be surprised how many companies add this program annually as an employee benefit program.

Where does the money raised by the event go?
All money raised goes to support The Living Room, a project of WestCare California Inc. that serves as Fresno’s only HIV/AIDS support center. The Living Room provides information, support group sessions, outreach, and resources to individuals infected, affected, or at-risk of HIV/AIDS.  To learn more about becoming a community partner and have the funds-raised benefit your organization, click here.

Are there prizes awarded to top fundraisers?
Yes! We are proud to honor individuals and teams for going above and beyond in raising support! We award a plaque to top grossing team and individual as well as a plaque to the largest team.

Are strollers permitted and are pets allowed on the walk route? 
The walk route is easily accessible and friendly to strollers. Dogs are also welcome, but must stay on a leash at all times.

What is a team?
Teams are made up of individuals from businesses, congregations, organizations, schools, families and friends. Any group of people who want to help raise awareness and fight HIV/AIDS are encouraged to rally together. Teams can range in size of 2 or more individuals. See our 'Fundraising' section under ‘Tools’ for more on how to get started. Establishing an AIDS Walk team for your company, organization, school, congregation or group of friends and family will:
  • Build morale and camaraderie.
  • Honor and support those infected, affected, or at-risk of HIV/AIDS.
  • Educate the community & bring attention to the crisis in Fresno.
  • Provide exposure for your team to thousands of other participants.
  • Be fun for all!
Team Captains recruit other participants to join their team, distribute promotional materials, serve as a primary contact & role-model for fundraising, and spread overall awareness of the event. Download a 'Team Captain's Manual’ full of hints and ideas to help you make a great team captain.

How Can I Become a Vendor at the Fresno AIDS Walk?                          We invite community organizations that would like to attend to provide their information and will designate a table for them at no cost. Any vendors that will be selling merchandise will be asked to pay $20 for their table. Our deadline for vendors is Friday, October 12th. Your information and payment if applicable must be sent in by this date. Some restrictions apply for merchandise vendors.
Visit:2018 Fresno AIDS Walk Vendor Application

How do I become a Fresno AIDS Walk sponsor?
The 2018 sponsorship opportunities are available in the 'Sponsor' section.

What is the Community Partner Program?
The Fresno AIDS Walk invites Fresno HIV/AIDS service organizations to join this year's Walk as a Community Partner and keep half the money they raise. Participating organizations must be a local non-profit with HIV/AIDS care, education or prevention as a prominent component of their mission or programs. Click here for more information.