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 Fall season, our teams are participating in community-based 5Ks all across Chicagoland! They will either host a Site-Based 5K in their community (at their school, a nearby park, or other gathering space) or participate in one of three Chicago Area Runners Association Go Run community 5Ks. 

Fall Site-Based 5Ks

Support a team as they cross the finish line at their school, nearby park, track, or community center! Volunteer duties may include taking photos, assisting with set-up and clean-up, passing out medals, helping coaches as needed, and cheering on the girls. Events typically last 90 minutes.

Please note that selections are on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon registration, you’ll receive an email with detailed instructions on next steps. 

CARA Go Runs

We are thrilled to partner with the Chicago Area Runners Association for three community-based 5K events this fall. CARA Go Runs take place at parks throughout Chicago and are free to all, and GOTR teams will participate in the following events: 

- November 5, 8AM - 10:30AM, at Humboldt Park (1339 Luis Munoz Marin Drive)

- November 12, 8AM - 10:30AM, at Jackson Park (1686 E. Hayes Drive)

- November 19, 8AM - 10:30AM, at Horner Park (2741 W. Montrose Ave.)

We are seeking volunteers to assist with aid station activities, distributing medals, helping coaches as needed, and of course, cheering for the girls!

All races start at 9AM, and volunteers must arrive at 8AM for participant check-in and set-up. You will receive a confirmation and day-of details at least 3 days in advance from the GOTR Impact Team.


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.