GIRLS ON THE RUN OF PUGET SOUND

Rating: 4.78 stars   9 reviews

Issues: Sports

Location: PO Box 15817 % Jeanne Higgins Seattle WA 98115 USA

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Rating: 4 stars  

As a coach, I was onsite with a group of 14 girls two days a week. The program lessons are very well organized making it easy to become a coach to the girls. The girls learned about themselves, others and the impact they can have on the world in the context of running (or any physical activity). This is the best volunteer experience I have had in years - as a runner and a woman it is great to see the impact this program had on our group.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Positive smiling faces from our team, great new relationships with my fellow coaches and a chance to challenge what I could give back.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make sure more girls had the opportunity to go through this program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

GIrls on the Run is a great organization! I have volunteered at several of their races and look forward to helping in the future. I love seeing the young girls so inspired and proud and doing their best. The beaming smiles on their faces are amazing! This organization truly supports girls to be confident and strong. The staff and volunteers care about every girl, which is so evident when you're around them. The races are well organized and tons of fun!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing the smiles on the girl's faces and their confidence. I think that says it all!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

get more young girls involved. It is such a powerful experience for them.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with Girls on the Run for the past 5 years -- first as a coach, then a committee volunteer, a Running Buddy, and now I'm entering my 3rd year on the Board of Directors. I can say without a doubt that it's one of the most amazing organizations I've come across. It initially resonated with me because it's a perfect combination of a sport I love with a cause I'm passionate about --empowering young girls. And it truly does just that. There is nothing like watching the girls cross the finish line of the 5K that they've trained for all season with pride, joy, and an amazing sense of accomplishment. As the media continues to push destructive messages of girls self worth being tied up in appearance, Girls on the Run is a wonderful antedote.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a coach, running buddy, committee volunteer, and board member

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure it had the funding to continue to deliver an amazing experience to girls across Puget Sound.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Girls on the Run Puget Sound is a wonderful organization that makes a significant impact in the lives of young girls. I served as a running buddy before joining the board and it was one of the best volunteer experiences I've ever had! It was so rewarding to see my running budding finish her very first 5k. That is quite an accomplishment for someone that young. After being a running buddy I knew I wanted to be more involved with Girls on the Run Puget Sound and joined the board. I really enjoy working with a dedicated executive director and other board members who want to ensure the suceess of such a fantastic program. I would encourage anyone with an interest in making a difference in a young women's life to get involved!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

as a running buddy and board member

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure the organization has more money to ensure a lasting legacy of support for girls in the Puget Sound area

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Rating: 5 stars  

Running has always been such a great thing in my life, contributing to my emotional health, and giving me the opportunity to feel great about myself. So when I heard that there was an organization that taught 4th and 5th grade girls to value themselves through a series of workshops and a 5K race, I said "sign me up!" I had such a wonderful experience being a running buddy to my marvelous 4th grader. I think that no matter how wonderful a child's parents, they need role models of all sorts, and at GOTR, they get a slew of them in the form of coaches, running buddies, and other volunteers. Girls are up against a lot these days: media portrayal of women; pay inequality; workplace discrimination. It's great that these girls get to start out with a base understanding of how valuable they are, for all of their abilities, not just what society seems to value in them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how excited the girls were during our practice run was amazing. They felt challenged and proud and you could really see it in their faces.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

hold more events! Or perhaps expand to junior high? That's when I really could have used a program like this one.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

It made me feel excited about who these women will become and how they will change things in our society.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Grateful and excited!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound is an incredible organization providing hundreds of girls each year opportunities to learn lifelong skills such as self-esteem, confidence building, healthy habits, and goal setting all within a dynamic and energized curriculum focused on getting outside and getting moving!

I first got involved in Girls on the Run of Puget Sound when a friend was organizing a team for the end-of-season 5K. After seeing what a phenomenal organization this was, I participated in the 5K a few more seasons, then began volunteering at the 5K events, then took on the role as a volunteer Coach, facilitating Girls on the Run curriculum with two other coaches twice a week for 11 weeks. I've also volunteered at their auction.

Throughout the few years I've worked with the staff at Girls on the Run of Puget Sound, I've found them to be one of the most organized nonprofit groups out there. Their volunteer support is amazing (especially with such a small staff!) and their enthusiasm for their mission is inspiring!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching the girls grow throughout the season is very rewarding. Not only do the Coaches see the changes in these young lives, but so do they, their parents, and their teachers!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound is doing so many things right! Keep up the great work!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Offer a forum to discuss suggestions that volunteers have (which they're doing this summer!).

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Absolutely! I had never coached that age group before (or any children for that matter), I had only ever taught adults. The coaching experience taught me more about thinking on my feet, adapting to the changing needs of children, and introducing me to even more people who shared my vision of encouraging young girls.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

This volunteer experience was so rewarding! There were tough times occasionally (kids have bad days, too), but overall I really felt I was making a huge difference in these kids' lives by offering my time and experience.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I first became involved with Girls on the Run after reading about the organization on Facebook. A lot of my friends had heard about this group and were talking about the wonderful opportunities that were available in the community. When I went to the website I saw all of the different volunteer opportunities and I felt really compelled by the mission to not only help girls be active, but to teach them self-respect and core community values. I started volunteering with the 5K but I can see how this group offers a lot of different volunteer opportunities and I want to try them all!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my own life. Whenever I think about how these girls put the effort into learning about healthy lifestyle and exercise, it motivates me to also get more active and involved in my community.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

create more programs throughout the year to get more community members involved.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Introduced me to new friends and new areas of the community.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've been involved with GOTR as a 5K Race volunteer and a running buddy (each girl gets a buddy to run with in the 5K event that completes the season's program). It's a great organization and one that I think is especially salient today, with so many kids developing poor health habits. As a volunteer, one of the greatest aspects is actually getting to interact with the girls in the program and see their enthusiasm.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my three years as a volunteer

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

ensure more people know about it. It's such a great idea to help girls

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Rating: 4 stars  

I had the extreme pleasure of coaching for Girls on the Run of Puget Sound this spring. We teach 3rd to 5th grade girls about self esteem, friendships, teamwork, how to stop bullying issues, and many other wonderful things to help them grow into confident and secure people.
Interspersed with our coaching, we encourage non-competitive exercises like running, walking, skipping, tag games, relays, etc. At the end of our program the girls fulfill their goal of participating in a 5K with all of the Girls on the Run girls from Schools all over the Puget Sound Area. It is an experience I will never forget to watch these girls blossom in their confidence and sense of accomplishment over the 10 weeks and to see the joy on their faces when they complete the 5K at the end of the program. It is a life changing experience for all of us involved and I encourage your support. I'll be coaching again!!!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The increase in confidence and participation of the girls in our group was amazing! The girls have forever changed my life.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Add more changes to the annual curriculum so girls can repeat the program for 3rd, 4th and 5th grade with new material to learn each year so they're not repeating the same things.

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