Heather Buckendahl (she/they)

Hello everyone and welcome to my Coach Corner! I'm Heather (she/they) and I am the Senior Walker Coach for the Out of the Darkness Walks. I'm really excited to work with all of you and to connect with you virtually and in-person. This is my fifth year working on The Overnight, and this Overnight Walk will be my ninth. 

About Me:
  • I am from Nebraska and have lived in this year's Overnight city (New York) for eight years. 
  • Yoga is my favorite way to unwind. I'm currently working toward my goal of being able to hold a headstand.
  • My other hobbies include reading, listening to music, and watching Bob's Burgers too many times.   
  • I work on our editorial calendar for our Overnight Facebook page and Twitter. Make sure to follow us for fundraising tips and Overnight announcements
  • Honor Bead colors: purple, silver, green, teal, and blue. 
Fundraising Favorites:
  • Sharing your story on Facebook along with your fundraising link. 
  • Thank You notes or statuses for your donors. Everyone likes to be recognized for their contributions. I especially like public thank you's as they can be a great way to express gratitude and they can encourage others to donate to you.

My Overnight Walks  

Tell Me Your Story
My first Overnight Walk was in San Diego (2017). Below is my first Overnight selfie. I was super nervous for my first event, but so excited to get to meet all of my Walkers, and to experience this one-of-a-kind event. My first event I was at check-in and helping out in Road Dispatch. 
I am looking forward to connecting with you and learning more about you. I read all of your fundraising pages to get to know more about your story, but I always welcome emails and calls to chat too. 

Take Care  

Click for a Break
I think it's so incredible how hard all of you work to complete your fundraising, but it's so important to take care of yourself on this journey.
  • Take a walk (maybe not a 16 to 18 mile walk, but get outside and move around) 
  • Nap time (cozy up with a big fluffy blanket and rest your eyes)
  • Bake, make, or create (let those creative juices flow) 
  • Rest up and look at photos of cute dogs (pictured below: my friend's dogs; Cooper and Nash, my mom's dog; Molly, and my brother's dog; Winston) 

Contact Me  

Current Office Hours: Monday through Friday 9am to 5pm ET

I would love to help you with your fundraising or to chat about your questions, successes, or concerns. You can reach me directly, via email at [email protected] or by phone at 347-826-3603.

You can also reach us by calling 888-THEOVERNIGHT (888-843-6837) or emailing us at [email protected]


If you are in crisis, please call 1-800-273-8255 or text TALK to 741-741

Find support here

Fundraising? Check out Walker Central.

Looking for facts? Look at our statistics on suicide

Want to know where the money goes? Find our annual reports here

Want to get involved? Check out the different wants to get involved here

Have a question? Contact me or look at our Frequently Asked Questions