FAQs

Updated October 14, 2022

Important Dates

  • June 3-5 – Visit our booth at West Hollywood Pride
  • June 12 – Catch us in the LA Pride Parade
  • October 5 – Deadline for Stars on the Street, Star Team Photos, and bus drop off reservations
  • October 16 – AIDS Walk Los Angeles hits the streets!
  • November 11 – Fundraising deadline. Get all your donations in!
  • December 1 – World AIDS Day

Walk Day Information

Where is the Walk and when does it start?

AIDS Walk Los Angeles is taking place at West Hollywood Park, 647 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood 90069.

Please allow yourself plenty of time to deal with parking and traffic to arrive at the event at 9AM. This is when pre-walk programming will begin, so meet your team, take your pics, and get ready to head to the starting line together.

This year’s Walk course is approximately 2 miles. That’s 5,000 total steps. The Walk will start and end in West Hollywood Park. Please see the map below of the route with directional arrows.

How do I get there? Where should I park?

Because of the closures of San Vicente Blvd (above Melrose Ave) and Santa Monica Blvd (between La Cienega Blvd & Doheny Dr) for this event, there will be limited parking close to West Hollywood Park. To avoid traffic and parking delays, event participants are encouraged to use alternative modes of transportation such as ride sharing services or Metro.

The Pacific Design Center (PDC) has the largest amount of available parking spaces closest to West Hollywood Park for a fee of $15. You can only enter the PDC parking lot for this event using the entrance on the North side of Melrose Ave between North Huntley Dr and San Vicente Blvd. The closest GPS address to this entrance is: 8629 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood 90069. PLEASE NOTE that the San Vicente Blvd entrance to the Pacific Design Center will be closed for the duration of this event.

How do I find my friends/teammates in the park before we walk?

There will be 18 foot flags (each with a unique number) scattered throughout the park’s viewing area. Choose one flag to use as a wayfinding device and tell your friends/teammates where you’re settled in to meet up!

If you are a Team Leader, please note that things have changed this year, and we are no longer able to provide you with a table for set up. Please prepare your team members to carry what they need. Backpacks, wagons and strollers are allowed.

West Hollywood Park does have several picnic tables built into the park itself—if you arrive early, you may be able to snag one for your team to pass out shirts, breakfast, and more!

What do I do with donations? Where do I pick up my award?

Head to the basketball courts! Stop by our Donations booth to turn in any collected cash, checks, or make a credit card donation that morning. Pick up your official shirt and pin at our Awards booth if you raised $150 or more!

Is it too late to register and fundraise?

If you have not yet registered, take the first step today and register online before you get to West Hollywood Park. We will not have registration available at the event.

Last year we raised over $1.2M for our LGBTQ+ healthcare services, and considering the need has grown this year, we hope to beat that for AWLA22. This year’s fundraising deadline is November 11, so it’s definitely not too late to fundraise! If you have donations to turn in or would like to make a donation that morning, please visit our Donation booth in West Hollywood Park.

Will there be food at the event?

We will have water available both on the basketball courts and at our Checkpoint along the route. We will have limited donated snacks available this year, and there will be three food trucks on San Vicente with food for purchase. There are also ample restaurants and bars in the area—we recommend heading to one of these after you are done Walking for a team lunch!

If I want to pick my shirt up early and wear it to the Walk, can I do that?

Yes! Please stop by the Community Room in West Hollywood Park on Friday, October 14th between 10am – 5pm. Our volunteers will be there to give you your shirt and also collect any donations you may want to turn in in-person.

Is there bike parking?

Yes, West Hollywood Park has bike parking available. We are unable to provide additional bike parking than what is available in the park already.

Can I bring my child? What time will the playground be open?

YES! All ages are welcome! We ask that you prepare to protect your child’s hearing at the Walk, as our stage will be loud. The West Hollywood Park playground will be open at 8AM on Sunday, October 16th.

My school/company is bringing a bus. Where can we drop off?

Our Bus RSVP has ended—please text our office at (213) 201-9255 for assistance. If you already RSVP’d, our team will be communicating specific instructions directly via email with you.

Are dogs allowed?

Yes! Dogs are allowed, and we’ve even seen some cats! Please prepare to care for your pet the entire day you are there by packing enough water, snacks, and waste bags for them. Please also be mindful it is generally warm in October—please prepare to take care of their paws on hot asphalt.

Please note that the West Hollywood Dog Park will be CLOSED on Sunday for AIDS Walk Los Angeles.

What is the difference between Volunteering and Registering/Walking?

The difference between volunteering with our event and walking with our event is a matter of what activity you choose to do on October 16th.

Volunteering includes: passing out water, picking up trash, encouraging people along the route, and other logistics! You do not need to register for AIDS Walk to volunteer, though we appreciate when you do! To register, please click “Register” in the menu above.

Registering means being counted. We cannot say for certain how many people show up on October 16th, but we can say for certain how many people registered in support of ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Most people who register for AWLA choose to fundraise and then walk our route. Some community members who cannot physically Walk the route will still choose to register/fundraise and then volunteer (pass out water, etc.) on the day of instead.

Both can fulfill community service hours! If you are interested in volunteering specifically (i.e. not walking the route but providing assistance on October 16th), please fill out the form below.

How to Contact Us

To reach us, please text us at 213.201.9255 or email us at aidswalkla@aplahealth.org. Or simply scroll to the bottom of this page and fill out our contact form.

General Questions

What is AIDS Walk Los Angeles? Where does my donation go?

Los Angeles County continues to have the second largest number of people living with HIV in the country. AIDS Walk Los Angeles is an event organized by local nonprofit APLA Health, which provides three main types of services to fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic and for health care justice:

  1. CARE: LGBTQ+ primary medical care, dental care, and behavioral health care (as a federally qualified health center),
     
  2. SUPPORT: critical HIV support services (including the nation’s largest food bank for people living with HIV – the Vance North Necessities of Life Program),
     
  3. and EDUCATION: HIV prevention, health & wellness programs and advocacy to ensure continued care. AIDS Walk Los Angeles is one of our EDUCATION platforms, but funds raised here are distributed across all three of these service types.

Since our founding in 1983, our goal at APLA Health has been to end the AIDS epidemic in Los Angeles County. Recent medical advances – including U=U (Undetectable=Untransmittable) and PrEP/PEP – allow us to imagine living in a county without any new HIV infections. The best way we can do that is to approach people holistically and provide services for all their needs right where they live, including quality, culturally affirming medical, dental and behavioral health care as well as HIV specialty care.

AIDS Walk Los Angeles also supports our Community Coalition Initiative, where we support our local allies who are also fighting for a world without HIV. Through the program, these 501(c)(3) organizations form teams, and the money raised by those teams is given back to them after our fundraising deadline.

When is AIDS Walk Los Angeles?

AIDS Walk Los Angeles 2022 will take place on October 16, 2022. More information coming soon!

Is there a minimum amount I need to donate/raise to participate?

Absolutely not! AIDS Walk Los Angeles began as a protest march in response to the AIDS epidemic in 1985, and we value that history. We remain an accessible event for all.

For 2022, we request that everyone who registers fundraise at least $30 so that we can care for the people who have been hit hardest by the turbulence of recent years.

How many people do I need to form a team?

A team is simply a group of two or more people that registers to raise funds and walk together. Hundreds of teams sign up each year, and these include companies, schools, religious institutions, or other organizations in the LA area. Many friends and family teams also participate, some of whom walk in memory of those they have lost or to support friends and family living with HIV/AIDS.

Teams can range in size from two to more than 1,000 walkers. Each team is given their own dedicated AIDS Walk staff person who will help navigate fundraising, provide support to the team, and communicate updates about other opportunities or information.

What is a Matching Gift?

Matching Gifts, or Matching Grants, are sometimes offered by companies to support their employees’ philanthropic efforts. A company might offer to match an employee’s donation at 1:1, meaning Matching Gifts are a great way to quickly double your donations and make an even bigger impact.

You can also set up informal matches with a friend or family member. Ask them to match your donations up to $100, or you yourself can match donations made to you to quickly reach Star Walker status.

When is the deadline to turn in my donations?
This year’s fundraising deadline is November 11. We calculate rankings, CCI teams, and Star Walker status based on what you’ve raised as of this date.

APLA Health also accepts non-AIDS Walk donations all year round! If you have questions or special circumstances (such as matching gifts), please text 213.201.9255 or email aidswalkla@aplahealth.org so we can do our best to work with you.

How do I get a t-shirt?

AIDS Walk shirts are our bronze level incentive award. If you fundraised $150 or more, you will receive a shirt.

Help! I can't get into my account.

Please call our staff at 213.201.9255 or email aidswalkla@aplahealth.org.

I participated last year. Why do I need to re-register?

Participation does not roll over year to year. Note that for every annual AIDS Walk you will need to re-register for the event, even if you have registered in the past. Your profile will, however, save some of your information, such as your Address Book, Donor History, and other saved information from previous events. For this reason, we recommend returning participants re-use their username and password from the previous year.

How do I enter an offline (i.e. cash, check) donation into my profile?
You no longer need to enter any offline donations yourself. Our staff will credit your account once we receive and process the check. Please allow up two two weeks between when you mail the check and when it appears in your account.

If you know a check is coming to our offices in your name, you can let our staff know ahead of time, and we will work with you to match the check to your account so that you and/or your team receive fundraising credit.

What is Kids Who Care?

Kids Who Care is a youth leadership program of AIDS Walk Los Angeles specifically designed for students in middle and high school. Please visit our Kids Who Care program page for more information and to check out our participating school teams this year!

I received an error message when registering/donating. Who can I talk to?

If you receive an error message when registering or donating, please take a screenshot or photo of the error and email our staff with the steps you took so we can investigate! Email aidswalkla@aplahealth.org.

Volunteering Questions

I want to volunteer for the Walk. How can I sign up to volunteer?

Thank you so much! You can sign up here: aidswalkla.org/volunteer

Please note our Directionals positions require orientation, held on Friday, October 14th at 5PM on Zoom. Please RSVP for the link.

I need community service hours for school. Does walking and fundraising for AIDS Walk Los Angeles count?

Yes, it can! Some schools do count walking/fundraising as service hours, because in order to ask for even $1, you have to intimately understand the cause, the movement, and where the money is going, and you have to be able to articulate that to someone else! This is one of the main reasons why AIDS Walk is our premier educational tool. Not only does fundraising actually qualify for more hours than an afternoon passing out water, but the education stays with you. In the end, it’s more valuable for everyone involved! Check with your volunteer coordinator, and let them know they can work directly with our Kids Who Care program director to set this up: Sarah Murray at smurray@aplahealth.org

Fundraising Questions

How do I start fundraising?

Once you’ve registered, we recommend you lead by example! Donate to yourself first to prove your commitment. Your friends and coworkers will typically match or surpass what you donate. By donating first, you give them a place to start. For some helpful hints on how to start, check out our Fundraising Tips.

How do I use my fundraising profile?

Check out our step-by-step guide on how to log in and personalize your online AIDS Walk LA fundraising profile.

To whom should donations be made out? And where do I send my check?

Please make checks payable to “AIDS Walk Los Angeles.” If you are sponsoring a Walker or Team or donating on behalf of someone, please make sure to write their name in the check’s memo or on a separate piece of paper. Otherwise, your contribution could be credited as a general donation.

For all checks, please mail to:
AIDS Walk Los Angeles
611 S Kingsley Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90005

To turn in cash:
Please call 213.201.9255 to make an appointment. We’ll make sure we’re ready for you when you arrive.

I have a check. How do I get it to show up on my page?

If you received a check from a donor, or if you yourself are donating via check, our staff can manually enter it onto your team page or your personal page! Here’s what you do:
 

  1. Take a photo of the front of the check and email that to us at aidswalkla@aplahealth.org or text us the photo at 213.201.9255.
  2. Tell us where you want it credited: to a person, to a team, or the event in general.
  3. Put that same information in the memo of the check and mail the check to us at:
     
    AIDS Walk Los Angeles
    611 S Kingsley Dr
    Los Angeles, CA 90005
    What should I do if a check is made out to me personally?

    If a donation check has been written out to you personally, the check will need to be voided and another re-issued to AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Please call us at 213.201.9255 for assistance.

    Are donations tax deductible?

    Yes! APLA Health is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and donors receive no goods or services in exchange for their donations. APLA Health’s Tax ID number is 84-1661910.

    Will I receive a receipt for my donations?

    Anyone who donates online, regardless of the amount, will receive a receipt via email. If you do not receive an email, please check your spam folder. Contact our staff if you are still not able to locate it.

    If someone donates via cash or check, they can request a receipt by contacting the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office at 213.201.9255.

    I have seen public fundraising for AIDS Walk Los Angeles on the street. Should I donate to someone I do not know who is collecting donations on the street, in public spaces, or even door-to-door?

    No. We strongly discourage our participants from collecting donations in public spaces such as street corners, public transportation, street festivals, and door-to-door from businesses. We advise you not to give donations (cash, checks, or credit card information) to someone you do not know who is soliciting donations in these settings. Please contact the AIDS Walk Los Angeles office for more information, or if you feel someone is collecting funds in an unsafe or unendorsed manner.

    Registration Questions

    I’ve already registered for this year as an individual but now I’ve changed my mind and want to organize a team! What should I do?

    Email us at aidswalkla@aplahealth.org! We can manually turn your profile into a Team Leader. Just tell us what you want the name of your team to be!

    What is the Star Walkers Club?

    Our Star Walkers Club is for people who set a fundraising goal of $1,000+ and want a little extra help from our staff to make that happen. Our Star Walkers are often the people who go the extra mile in the fight to end HIV, and this Club is their support system. For all of their extra effort, we thank our Star Walkers Club members by giving them their own staff representative and a collectable Star Walker pin if they reach $1,000 (on top of all our standard awards), and they are among the first to know of any special happenings.

    All Star Walkers who do reach their $1,000 goal also receive special recognition, which changes from year to year.

    What if I don't register for the Star Walkers Club, but raise $1,000+?

    Then you’re clearly a superstar and will be awarded Star Walker status anyway!

    What is a fundraising award?

    Fundraising award, incentive award, prizes… they are all the same! These are collectable tokens of our appreciation that vary from year to year. Awards are given to those individuals who reach certain fundraising milestones. For example, if you raise $100+, we will present you with AIDS Walk swag so you can let the world know.

    We generally have four award recognition levels:
    Bronze – Raise $100+
    Silver – Raise $500+
    Gold – Raise $750+
    Star – Raise $1,000+

    Many of our Walkers want every cent of their fundraising efforts to go towards APLA Health’s clients, and so when they register, they choose to decline their fundraising awards. When you register, please indicate if you would like to receive your awards (this includes our annual t-shirt, pin, and Star Walker awards) or if you would like to decline them. There’s no judgement on our end whichever you choose.

    Why are you asking for my pronouns?

    Providing culturally-competent care starts with respecting your gender and gender expression, and our staff want to show our respect to you and address you properly. Please let us know how we should address you when we call or email you. If your preferred pronouns are not listed, please contact us at 213.201.9255 or at aidswalkla@aplahealth.org.

    Why are you asking about my cultural identity, age, and/or orientation?

    We want you to be counted! We at APLA Health value diversity, and we ask our participants at AIDS Walk Los Angeles to share their identities so we can make sure our event is accessible to all. That being said, we will never require you to share this information. It is purely optional.

    Do I need to register every member of my team if I've already registered the team?

    Visibility is still a challenge for the HIV/AIDS community. By registering as many people as possible onto your team, you are helping us raise awareness! It is a learning opportunity for your social network if they have not participated before. It also:

    • Helps us keep better track of our fundraising.
    • Budget how many fundraising awards to purchase.

    It’s also better for you:

    • You’ll always know what contact info we have and how much money your team has raised.
    • At the end of the season, Team Leaders can request all of their registered team data. That spreadsheet may be used to “batch register” the entire team in following years, saving lots of time!

    Hot tip: Ask your AIDS Walk coach to send you all of your donors after you cross the Finish Line so that you can thank everyone for supporting you!

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    If you would like to learn more about corporate sponsorship of AIDS Walk Los Angeles, please contact Ken Mintzer at kmintzer@aplahealth.org or 213.201.9255.