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Volunteer with Girls On The Run

We couldn't do what we do without the help of our fantastic volunteers, so join us!

Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida serves more than 1,600 girls each year. With our small staff, we rely on volunteers to assist with many different aspects of our organization. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved at a variety of levels. Please take a look at our opportunities to determine what works best for you and your schedule. We look forward to using your time and talents to help inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident.

Running Buddy

Each season, Girls on the Run of Northeast Florida looks for runners to run in our Girls on the Run 5K as Running Buddies for our girls! Being a Running Buddy is a very rewarding way to help a young girl complete something amazing! The girls have trained for 10 weeks for the big 5K event - you will want to be part of the excitement! A Running Buddy serves as a "running mentor" for a GOTR participant at both her Practice 5K event and the 5K at the end of the season.

A running buddy gets to join a Girls on the Run girl to run/walk with them in two 5K events, the girl's practice 5k (different date/time for every site) and the end of season 5k.  Each buddy is matched one-on-one with a girl to accompany, encourage her and serve as her mentor.

For questions about becoming a Running Buddy, contact Teri Thrower at or 904-619-6763 Ext 301.

GOTR Coach

Coaching a Girls on the Run site is one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you can have! We at GOTR are always looking for healthy minded, positive and FUN individuals to lead a team of 20 girls. Parents, teachers, school administrators, college students, runners, non-runners, and people who are committed to developing and celebrating our youth make great coaches! Coaches serve as role models and mentors for girls who participate at more than 50 GOTR sites in Northeast Florida. At each site, 2 coaches (at least one female) deliver the GOTR curriculum, twice a week for an hour and 15 minutes. If you are passionate about the GOTR mission, committed to working with a group of girls throughout the 10 week season (fall and/or spring) and able to bring energy and joy to each practice, please join us!

For more details, check our Coaches Corner page.

Special Events Volunteers

Volunteer at one of our unique events to help support GOTR and our girls.  Contact our office at for more details.

Site Champion

Help bring GOTR to your local school or organization as the main contact person to coordinate with GOTR at this site throughout the season. Contact Teri Thrower at for more information.

One Time Volunteer Opportunity

We always need help in the office and with community outreach events including serving as a Running Buddy, staffing at water station at a 5k, representing GOTR at a local event or expo, helping assemble race materials, or lending a hand in our office with data entry or organizing projects. This is a great position for those who don’t have time to coach, but still want to be involved in GOTR.

Requirements for Volunteers

  • Genuine interest in leading a healthy life.    
  • Interest in physical fitness or running.    
  • Commitment to the mission of GOTR.    
  • Reliable, honest and positive outlook on life.    
  • Interest in the issues facing young women today.    
  • Desire to get involved in a nonprofit organization and help create public awareness.

To join our amazing team of volunteers, fill out the volunteer application.


Do you have items to donate, rather than time?

As a nonprofit organization, Girls on the Run continually seeks to keep costs low so that we may continue to serve our girls at a reasonable fee. Below is a list of items that we would greatly benefit from receiving as donations to our local council:

  • Photocopy Services
  • Beads & Stickers
  • Markers/Pens
  • Sidewalk Chalk
  • First Aid Kits
  • Plastic Bins
  • Tape/Scissors/Glue Sticks/General Office Supplies