Volunteer | GOTR Chicago


The impact Girls on the Run makes is dependent on dedicated volunteers like you, who are committed and passionate about our mission and vision.

Not a runner? Not a problem!


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Become a Coach

Coaches are the heart of our program! Each season, two or more volunteer coaches inspire and guide a team through our tried-and-true curriculum. If you're ready to directly make an impact, then this role is for you.

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Become a junior Coach

Junior Coaches are needed to inspire the next generation! Our Junior Coach program is for high school girls aged 16 to 18. Beyond serving as a role model to program participants, Junior Coaches work alongside Coaches, strengthening their leadership skills and gaining a sense of belonging and purpose.

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Additional Volunteer Opportunities

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5K Volunteers

To celebrate everything they’ve achieved throughout their season, our teams are participating in a variety of 5K events all across Chicagoland, and we need your support to make these celebrations successful! 

This is a great opportunity to give back to girls in your community while seeing the program you love in action—the girls will achieve a goal they've been working toward all season! We welcome both individuals and groups for this opportunity. Come experience the magic of 5K day with Girls on the Run-Chicago!

We're recruiting volunteers to support our Spring 2023 5K series, which will take place in May and June.

There are three styles of events, and roles will vary based on the event's needs.

  • Large-scale Spring 5K on Saturday, May 13 in Grant Park (shifts run 6AM-11AM)
  • Small-scale 5Ks all across Chicagoland (~2 hour commitment; various dates and times)
    • Volunteer registration coming soon.

  • CARA Go Runs on Saturdays in Chicago parks (~3 hour commitment; various dates)
    • Volunteer registration coming soon.

Group Opportunities

Are you part of a group or organization that wants to make an impact on our community? Girls on the Run would love to have you get involved with our program. Here are a few ways you can make a difference while working together.

  • Volunteer together at a Girl on the Run 5K event – from cheer teams to water stations to handing out medals at the finish line and more – there are numerous ways for you to help bring this joyful end of season celebration to life!
  • Support with one-day volunteer opportunities.
  • Volunteer for or financially support a team for a season. 
  • Financially support a team for a season. 
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One-Time Opportunities

Want to volunteer, but can't commit to a full season of coaching? Fill out our volunteer interest form and we’ll connect with you.