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Stephanie H.

Stephanie H.

5 Reasons to volunteer with Girls on the Run

The impact Girls on the Run makes is dependent on dedicated volunteers, who are committed and passionate about our mission and vision. Whether you have years, a season or a couple of hours to give- Girls on the Run has a spot for you. Volunteering not only helps to empower and inspire girls in our community, but studies have also shown that volunteering can provide social, career and personal benefits for YOU! 

Below are just a few of the Why’s that draw people to donating their time and talents to GOTR:

  • A sense of purpose: Volunteering for GOTR gives you the opportunity to be part of something bigger than yourself. As a coach, you receive all the tools and support you need and find that you’ll get as much out of coaching as you give.
  • Provides a sense of community: Volunteering can connect you to the community that you live, work, and play in. This can often lead to you advocating for programs and causes that are important to you.
  • Helps you to meet new people and make friends: As a volunteer, you’ll meet community members from diverse backgrounds, while uniting with others that share similar values to grow and invest in empowering girls. 
  • Improves your self-esteem: It’s no secret that when you are a part of something that you feel is worthwhile and valuable it naturally boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Volunteering provides a sense of accomplishment that can lead to greater fulfillment towards your life, as well as your future goals.
  • Volunteering makes you HAPPIER: It is a great feeling to contribute to projects and organizations that are meaningful to you. These beneficial feelings can help lessen the effects of stress, or anxiety in your life. Volunteering can contribute to YOU to being a happy and well-rounded individual.


Areas where YOU can make a difference with Girls on the Run Heart of Kansas:

Coaching: Girls on the Run coaches are trained volunteers who lead a team of participants through a season of powerful and fun lessons. You do not need to be a runner; you simply need to have a desire to support and encourage the next generation. Coaches receive all the tools and support they need and find that they get as much out of coaching as they give. Time commitment: 90 minutes twice a week for 8-10 weeks, in addition to a coaches training session and CPR training. 

5K Volunteers: Our end of season 5K provides a tangible sense of accomplishment to participants. To celebrate and make the experience one to remember, there are many opportunities to get involved. Volunteers can be at a water/cheer station, assist with registration, help to set up/tear down before and after the race, happy hair stations, temporary tattoos, and more! You can volunteer as an individual, or if you are part of a group or organization- Bring the whole crew out!

Board Member: A Girls on the Run Board Member must possess a passion for and commitment to improving the lives and opportunities of girls in third through eighth grades. Board Members must take responsibility in raising funds and ensuring ongoing resources that support the organizational infrastructure and capacity for growth.

Project or Skill-Based Opportunities: Our council is seeking volunteers who can support us on a project-by-project basis. Our current needs are graphic design, photography, and videography.


To learn more about GOTR, and how YOU can make a difference in our community, visit us at girlsontherunks.org or contact Christy.thomas@girlsontherun.org

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We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Non-profit girl empowerment after-school program for girls.

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