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.

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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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Fall 2023 Volunteer Opportunities

This Fall, we have a variety of ways for you to support Girls on the Run-Chicago as a volunteer. Click the links below to register today!

5K Kit Packing

Teams can opt to host a Site-Based 5K in their community, and to help Coaches make the events festive and special, we provide them with a 5K Kit. Volunteer duties may include assembling boxes, packing kits, and label-making. The time commitment could vary from 1-3 hours. Join us at our office (1415 N. Dayton St., Suite 112, Chicago, IL 60640) on any of the following date:

Wednesday, September 27, 1PM-4PM

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Survey Data Entry

We are looking for volunteers to help us with a data entry project. Your role will include inputting survey data that has been collected via paper into our online system, so in order to participate, you must bring a laptop. The survey data is vital to improving Girls on the Run programming, as it is feedback from Fall 2023 program participants!  

If you are able to make all 4 days or even just one your help will be appreciated. We will have snacks as well!

If you have questions, please feel free to email Zoe Kim at programs@gotrchicago.org or call/text her at 312-392-2586. Join us at our office (1415 N. Dayton St., Suite 112, Chicago, IL 60640) on any of the following dates:

  • Tues., Oct. 3rd (2PM-4PM and/or 6PM-8PM)
  • Weds., Oct. 4th (2PM-4PM and/or 6PM-8PM)
  • Tues., Dec. 5th (2PM-4PM and/or 6PM-8PM)
  • Weds., Dec. 6th (2PM-4PM and/or 6PM-8PM)

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CARA Go Runs

A limited number of teams can participate in a CARA Go Run, which are hosted on Saturdays in neighborhoods throughout Chicago. Volunteer duties may include taking photos, assisting with set-up and clean-up, cheering girls on, passing out medals, or helping coaches as needed. The events typically last 90 minutes. Volunteer at any of the following events:

  • Saturday, November 4, at 8AM; Humboldt Park
  • Saturday, November 11, at 8AM; 63rd Street Beach Park
  • Saturday, November 18, at 8AM; Horner Park

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Learn more about CARA Go Runs here.

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.