Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Girls on the Run of Central Illinois! Our volunteers are as unique as the girls they serve. Just like the girls, many are not runners. They are people just like YOU who take great pride and care in role modeling character, connectedness, and inner strength.
The spring 2019 season will begin the week of March 4th and end with the Community 5k on May 18th. Teams meet twice a week for 75 minutes each throughout the season. Typically, our teams meet Monday - Friday after school/late afternoon. Actual lesson days/times will vary by site. Click here for a list of sites with lesson days/times.
Click here for a full list of season dates including Coach Trainings, Returning Coach Kick-Offs, and CPR.
Coach: The Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to deliver the Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole curriculum to program participants. Coaches work closely with the Site Liaison and GOTR staff in order to ensure team needs are being met. Coaches are expected to attend the majority of the lessons including the first lesson, Practice 5k, Community Impact Project, End of Season Celebration, and the Community 5k. Must be 18+.
Coach Training Information:
- New Coaches: Must successfully complete online pre-work, attend in-person training, and be CPR certified.
- 1st Anniversary Returning Coaches: Must successfully complete online refresher training
- 2nd Anniversary Returning Coaches: Must attend Returning Coach Kick-Off and re-certified for CPR
- Other Returning Coaches: Encouraged (but not required) to attend Returning Coach Kick-Off and must be re-certified for CPR every two years.
Practice Partner: Practice Partners (General Volunteers) support coaches by assisting with logistics and safety. Their role is to serve as additional adult supervision for the girls during each practice. They are not coaches and therefore are NOT authorized to facilitate the curriculum.
Site Liaison: Site Liaisons (also referred to as Site Coordinators) manage the logistic aspects associated with the site. Site Liaisons may also volunteer as coaches, but must be employed by the school where the team is located.