Frequently Asked Questions 

How can I participate in the Independence Walk?

Register as a walker and recruit your friends, family, and co-workers to join the walk or show their support by donating via your registered team. 

How will the funds raised from the Independence Walk help the Mission Project?

Your contribution will help enable capable adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities to live independently and safely in their community with individualized support. Proceeds will help fund the work-related transportation that provides a safe, timely and reliable service that is essential for the participants’ employment success.

How much does it cost?

There is a $25 registration fee if pre-paid by September 6th, or $30 on the day of the event. An Independence Walk t-shirt is guaranteed if you register and provide a shirt size by August 23rd. Due to limited availability, t-shirts may not be available for registrants after August 23rd.

How do I register?

You can register on HERE or you can also register by mail with a check payment. Mail checks with your Name, Team Name (if applicable), and shirt size to: The Mission Project, 5960 Dearborn Ave, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202.

Do I need to register ahead of time?

It’s best if you register as early as possible. Early online registration gives you access to your own walking team and fundraising resources and allows us to keep you updated with additional Independence Walk information. This also provides us with essential information about attendance numbers so that we can present the best event possible for everyone.

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to participate until the day of the walk. Can I still attend?

Yes, we would love for you to join us! There will be a slightly higher $30 registration fee, and event t-shirt quantity and sizes are limited and not guaranteed.

What types of payment are accepted at the event?

We accept cash and all major credit or debit cards. 

Do I register as an individual or create a team?

It’s up to you! You can choose to walk individually, or gather a group of friends, family or co-workers to help raise funds as a team. Create a fun team name and invite your contacts to contribute in your team’s name. 

Can I join an existing team?

When you register, select “Join An Existing Team” in your signup form you can choose to join an existing team by selecting their name.

Can I just participate in the Walk, or is fundraising required?

We’re very happy for you to show your support by simply walking with us! Fundraising is not required but spreading the word about this fun event is the easiest way to help raise money for the Mission Project. You may also be interested in the awesome prize for anyone who raises over $200…a fleece zip-up.  We will also have 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes with fabulous gift certificates for the top three fundraisers! 

What if I get cash or check donations? How do these count toward my fundraising amounts?

We can do this for you! We do not recommend that you mail cash. You can mail us a personal check for any cash you’ve collected with a list of the donors’ names, addresses and amounts, or you can turn in cash and any checks on the Walk day. All checks should be made out to the Mission Project with a note in the memo line stating, “Independence Walk” and team name. Send us checks no later than Sept. 3rd and they will be entered your fundraising total before the event. Mail checks to: The Mission Project, 5960 Dearborn Ave, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202.

What if I receive additional donations after the Walk event?

Please mail any additional donations you received to the address below. We do not recommend that you mail cash, so mail us a personal check for any cash you’ve collected with a list of the donors’ names, addresses and amount. All checks should be made out to the Mission Project with a note in the memo line “Independence Walk” and the team name. Mail to: The Mission Project, 5960 Dearborn Ave, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202.

How can I donate in the name of a registered walker or team?

Donations by credit or debit card can be made on our donation page. Simply select the team name in the payment process or make a general donation to the walk. Donations by check can be made out to the Mission Project with a note in the memo line “Independence Walk Donation” and the team name. Checks should be mailed to: The Mission Project, 5960 Dearborn Ave, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202. 

How do I donate to the Independence Walk if I don’t know any of the walkers?

Visit our donation page to donate by credit or debit card., select “Other-General Donation” in the drop down during checkout. You are also welcomed to mail a check made out to the Mission Project with “Independence Walk donation” in the memo line and mail to: The Mission Project, 5960 Dearborn Ave, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202. 

Are donations tax-deductible?

Your contribution may be tax-deductible. Please consult with a tax professional for assistance in determining your tax-deductible amount.  The Mission Project is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, Federal Tax ID #83-0393426. 

When will I receive my tax receipt?

Tax receipts for eligible online donations are sent to the donor’s email address immediately following the transaction. Mailed donations or those delivered at or after the event will receive a tax receipt within two weeks after the donation was received.

When should I arrive on the Walk day?

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM. Check-in includes receiving your event t-shirt and any earned prizes and turning in any additional donations that you’ve received. The Independence Walk will start at 8:45 AM.

What should I bring the day of the walk?

A cheerful attitude and comfortable walking shoes! Water and light, energizing food will be provided. Don’t forget to bring any additional cash or check donations you’ve received, along with the cash donors’ names, addresses and donation amount. Extra cash or a credit card will be handy to purchase Mission Project swag at the event as well as compete in the raffle drawings!

How long is the walk?

The main walk is 2 miles long, with a 1-mile option for those who require a shorter route. Please see the Walk Route Map on the home page for both routes.

What should I wear?

Dress casually and wear comfortable walking shoes but be sure to check the weather beforehand so that you can dress appropriately for your personal comfort. 

What if there is inclement weather?

The Independence Walk will take place rain or shine, so please plan accordingly in case of inclement weather forecasts. In the event of severe weather conditions, we will update walk participants via the website about the status of the event. 

Can I bring my dog?

Sorry, but no. Due to safety concerns for both walk participants and canines, no dogs are allowed at the walk. 

Where can I park?

A parking lot is available just south of Beverly Park, with additional parking in the lot to the east (for the building at 5960 Dearborn St.).  There is additional street parking on Beverly Avenue or Johnson Drive as well.

Will water and food be provided?

There will be plenty of water and light, energizing food such as fruit and granola or protein bars available before the walk begins. There will also be water stations around the route.

I registered, but now I can’t attend the Independence Walk.

We’ll miss you but still very much appreciate your support!  Please mail your fundraising donations with the donors’ names, addresses and amounts to: The Mission Project, 5960 Dearborn St, Suite 201, Mission, KS 66202.  As a charity event, we cannot provide any refunds.   

Who can I contact if I have further questions that weren’t answered here?

Contact Charlie Jennings, our executive director for any other questions you might have. You can reach her at (913) 777-6722 or by email at info@themissionproject.org.