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Boston Children's Hospital | Eversource walk for kids

Frequently asked questions

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Registration

Is there a registration fee?

No! We hope you will make a donation to your own fundraising during registration to show your commitment to helping kids at Boston Children’s Hospital.

My whole family is walking. Does everyone have to register?

Yes! Every member of the family is an important part of the Walk community, so we require that all walkers register.

Can I register on Walk Day?

There will be NO registration on event day. We require all walkers to register online by 3 pm on Friday, June 10, in order to enjoy the festivities. Registering in advance also gives you time to fundraise, so you’ll have more time to celebrate on June 12.

Can I invite people to join my team?

Yes! Ask your friends and family to join you, and encourage them to share on social media why they are walking for Boston Children’s Hospital using #WalkforBCH.

I’m not sure if I’ll walk at the DCR Hatch Shell or somewhere else. Do I have to commit in order to register?

No, you can let us know what you’re planning as of now. Register today, and if you decide to change your walk location, please let us know by emailing us at walk@chtrust.org.

Will I receive an Eversource Walk for Boston Children’s Hospital t-shirt with my registration?

All walkers who raise $150 by July 1 will receive a Walk t-shirt. Raising funds is vital to helping kids and families. Earning your Walk t-shirt is a special achievement to wear proudly wherever you are on Walk Day. Beginning in May, all who raise $150 will receive an email with a unique link and code to redeem their t-shirts. In order to guarantee delivery before June 12 try to raise $150 by April 29.

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Fundraising

Can I fundraise for the Walk?

Absolutely! Patients and families at Boston Children’s Hospital need your help now more than ever. Once you register, you’ll have access to your own Fundraising Center which has a bunch of tools to help make fundraising easy. We would love to hear about your successes and creative ideas!

Registered walkers who raise $150 or more will receive a Walk t-shirt.

Where does the money go?

Unless your team is designating to one of the funds below, dollars raised through the Eversource Walk for Boston Children's Hospital will benefit kids through The Every Child Fund—helping find lifesaving answers for the sickest kids, many with nowhere else to turn. Every dollar goes directly to Boston Children’s to advance promising research and fund vital services not covered by insurance.

Can I designate my fundraising to a different area of the hospital?

Team captains have the choice to designate their team’s fundraising to one of the following areas:

  • Every Child Fund
  • Children’s Activities Fund
  • Christina Capozzi Foundation for Heart Research
  • Congenital Myopathy Research
  • Down Syndrome Program Research
  • Heart Center Urgent Needs
  • Kabuki Syndrome
  • Milagros para Niños
  • Nursing Scholarship Fund
  • Pediatric Research
  • The Tapley Family Fund
  • Transplant Center Urgent Needs
  • Urgent Needs

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What is the suggested fundraising minimum?

The suggested fundraising minimum for all adults (13 and older) is $250. Adult walkers are asked to meet the minimum by July 1. We make it easy. Log in to your Fundraising Center to check out tips and tools to help you kick-start your fundraising!

What are Miracle Makers?

Miracle Makers are a special group of adults (13 and older) who raise $1,000 or more and kids (12 and under) who raise $500 or more! Along with many thanks from Boston Children's, walkers who achieve Miracle Maker status by May 6 will receive a Miracle Maker star displayed on Walk Day, a Miracle Maker t-shirt and more.
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How should I provide my donations to Boston Children's?

Please encourage supporters to donate online through your personal fundraising page. If your donor prefers to write a check, they can do so by mailing it along with this form to the following address:

Boston Children’s Hospital Trust
Attn: Walk Gift Services
401 Park Drive, Suite 602
Boston, MA 02215

*All checks should be payable to Boston Children’s Hospital. We cannot accept cash donations. Check donations take 5-7 business days to show up on your fundraising page after we receive them. If you have any questions please contact walk@chtrust.org or 866-303-WALK.

Do you send acknowledgement letters for contributions?

All donors who donate through your fundraising page will receive an email acknowledgement with a receipt from Boston Children's Hospital. Donors who give $250 or more will also receive an acknowledgement and receipt from Boston Children's Hospital by mail.

Can I create a Facebook Fundraiser for the Eversource Walk for Boston Children's Hospital?

Yes, we hope you will! You must create your Facebook Fundraiser through your Walk Fundraising Center for donations to be counted toward your fundraising total. Please do not create a fundraiser directly through Facebook. You can also share your Facebook Fundraiser to your Instagram stories.
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Will gifts made through my Facebook Fundraiser appear on my fundraising page?

Yes, but only if you create your Facebook Fundraiser through your Walk Fundraising Center.

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Teams

How do I form a team?

Team captains create a team during the registration process. Simply click register and select the “Start a Team” option.

How do others join my team?

All team members must register to walk. During registration, walkers can join your team by searching for and choosing the team's name. Or walkers can join your team directly from your team page. Log in to your fundraising center to see more options for recruiting teammates.

If I register before my team captain, can I still join our team?

Yes. Once your team captain has registered, go to your personal fundraising page and click the "Join a Team" button. You won't have the option to join the team until the team captain has registered.

Can I start a company team?

Email walk@chtrust.org to learn about the special benefits of creating a company team.

Will there be a Walk t-shirt and fundraising rewards?

Walkers who raise $150 or more will receive a Walk t-shirt. Walkers who reach Miracle Maker status will receive additional rewards. You can opt out of receiving all rewards when you register. Virtual team captains must register by April 30 in order to receive a Walk kit before June 12.

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Fundraising Center

What is a Fundraising Center?

To help you fundraise, everyone who registers for the Walk will receive access to their own Fundraising Center—a personal fundraising website. Here you will find all of the tools you need to meet (and exceed) your fundraising goal and track your progress. Walkers can customize a fundraising page, access helpful resources, send emails to donors and more.

How do I get a Fundraising Center?

Your Fundraising Center is automatically created when you register for the Walk. Once registered, keep your eyes peeled for an email with the link to access your Fundraising Center and your login credentials. You can always access the Fundraising Center by visiting the Walk homepage and clicking "Log in".

Can I personalize my page?

Yes, we hope you will! The more personal your page, the more funds you’re likely to raise. You can customize it several ways:

  • Your fundraising page will contain a generic photograph. We urge you to upload your own photo or even create your own mini gallery!
  • Your fundraising page will also include a general message about why people participate in the Walk. We encourage you to replace this message with your own personal statement, tell your story, and explain why you walk for kids at Boston Children’s.

How do people donate to my page?

Your personal fundraising page has a donate button that ensures all gifts are attributed to your personal total. There are many ways to share your page. We recommend posting a link to your page on social media, or sharing with friends and family via email.

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Walk Day

I’m not walking at the DCR Hatch Shell. How does Walk Day work?

You can walk any distance, any time, in a location of your choosing. We’ll have a virtual celebration online so you can join in on all the fun. There will also be a way to share photos and videos from your walk.

What time should I arrive at the DCR Hatch Shell?

All walkers are welcome to start their two- or six-mile walk beginning 9 am. You’ll have time to enjoy food, more activities and live entertainment once you cross the finish line.

How do I get to the DCR Hatch Shell?

The Walk starts and ends at DCR Hatch Shell. Getting there is easy. You can take public transportation or park at the Boston Common Garage for free. From there you can start a short walk to the corner of Beacon & Charles Street and then towards David G. Mugar Way to the Hatch Shell lawn. View Map.

What is the Walk route at the DCR Hatch Shell?

The Walk route runs along the scenic Charles River. The two-mile walk keeps you on the Storrow Drive side of the river (both there and back), while the six-mile walk takes you across to the Memorial Drive side of the river and back over the Mass. Ave. bridge. There are two water stops along the route to keep you hydrated.

What security measures are in place at the DCR Hatch Shell?

Walker safety is a high priority. Security personnel and police officers are present throughout the property and along the Walk route.

What COVID-19 protocols will be in place at the DCR Hatch Shell?

Boston Children’s Hospital will adhere to all COVID-19 protocols put forth by the state of Massachusetts and the CDC at the time of the event. Expect hand sanitizer stations and adequate social distancing opportunity. All participants will receive up-to-date information on protocols just prior to the event. If you have questions, please contact us at walk@chtrust.org.

Are COVID-19 vaccinations required?

All participants should be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and may be asked to show proof of vaccination as well as complete a symptom screening in advance of event day

Can I push a stroller or wheelchair?

Absolutely—this is a family-friendly event.

Can I jog, rollerblade or bring a scooter?

For everyone's safety, we ask that all participants at the DCR Hatch Shell walk.

Won’t be at the DCR Hatch Shell on June 12? We can provide you a digital version of your honor flag. To request, contact walk@chtrust.org.

Can I bring my dog?

Joining us at the DCR Hatch Shell? We love dogs, but unfortunately pooches are not allowed to participate in the Walk. Service dogs are welcomed.

Walking elsewhere? Your dog can come along!

What happens if it rains?

We won’t let bad weather rain on our parade—the Walk will happen rain or shine! Keep an eye on the forecast in the days leading up to the event and plan to bring a rain jacket or boots if necessary.

Can I bring donation checks to the DCR Hatch Shell?

Yes. You can drop them off at the Donation Drop Off Tent.

Anything else I need to know if I’m walking at the DCR Hatch Shell?

We encourage you to stay hydrated before, during and after the Walk by bringing your own water bottle. (We'll have plenty of water, too!) Dress according to the day’s weather and don’t forget your sunscreen and hat to cover up.

Please leave large bags, backpacks and valuables at home unless they are completely necessary.

There will be lots of walkers, so pick a place to meet your teammates in advance. One option: Meet at the Team Photo Area and get your complimentary team photo, once everyone on your team have arrived.

Bring your camera or smartphone so you can share more photos! Use our hashtag, #WalkforBCH.

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Volunteer

Where do I park?

Registered walkers can park at the Boston Common Garage for free. From there you can start a short walk to the corner of Beacon & Charles Street and then towards David G. Mugar Way to the Hatch Shell lawn. View Map.

What time do I need to get there?

Most volunteers are asked to arrive between 7 and 8 am, but arrival times depend on your assigned volunteer role. Be on the lookout for an email from our team a week or so before the event. It will outline your role and important event details such as requested arrival time and directions.

What time should I expect to be finished?

Depending on your assigned area, you can expect to be finished around 2 or 3pm. However, we ask that volunteers be flexible if we need you a little bit longer

What does each job entail?

  • Most Needed: Choose this option if you’re willing to help us out wherever you’re needed the most! We will assign you appropriately and let you know your assignment in an email before Walk Day.
  • Cheer Team: You will help keep our walkers on track and cheer them on along the route.
  • Food and Beverage: Help set up our food and beverage tent at the finish line and distribute food and beverages throughout the event.
  • Water Stops: You will be stationed at one of our refueling stations along the walk route and help us distribute snacks and water to our awesome walkers while cheering them on!

Be sure to register early before your desired job fills up!

Is there a minimum age requirement to volunteer?

Yes, we ask that volunteers are 16 years or older.

Is there a fundraising minimum for volunteers?

No, we do not require volunteers to fundraise for the event. However, if you are interested in raising funds to help kids, you definitely can! Once you register, you’ll receive access to your own Fundraising Center with tips and tools to make fundraising easy. Some companies will make a donation on behalf of the hours you volunteer. Search here to see if your company has a volunteer reward program.

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