Volunteer with Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run is a volunteer-powered organization!  Your level of involvement is up to you.

Do you have a sincere interest in leading a healthy life? Do you have an interest in the issues facing girls today? Do you want to commit to the positive development of young girls? Do you wish that a program that prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living had been available when you were growing up? Join tens of thousands of women nationwide who have already committed to the mission of Girls on the Run and make a difference today.

Head Coach

Head coaches must attend coaches training, prepare, organize and supervise two weekly lessons, become CPR certified, attend the end-of-season 5K to run and cheer on your girls, and understand and believe in the mission of GOTR. This is a 3-4 hours per week commitment for the 10-week season. Our Spring season begins the week of February 20, 2017 and ends with our Spring 5k on Saturday, May 6. Click HERE to submit a Spring 2017Coaching Application.

Assistant Coach

Assistant coaches must attend coaches training, assist the Head Coach at a GOTR program site, attend weekly lessons, attend the end-of-season 5K to run and cheer on your girls, and understand and believe in the mission of GOTR. This is a 2-4 hours per week commitment for the 10-week season. Click HERE to submit a Spring 2017 Coaching Application.

Running Buddy

Running buddies support and celebrate a girl and her accomplishments by joining her for the practice 5K (one afternoon in April, the day varying by school) and the final 5k on Saturday, May 6 on the College Community School District campus in Cedar Rapids. All Running Buddies must register for the 5k--register here. (Note that fee waivers are available if you are unable to pay the registration fee; contact info@girlsontheruniowa.org to request one) If you would like us to assign you a girl to run with, you must be female, age 18+, and submit a background check.

Event Planning

Help assist with planning many of the fun things that make Girls on the Run so fantastic, such as our LUNAFEST film festival fundraiser and silent auction each spring, and our 5k end-of-season celebrations each fall and spring! Email info@girlsontheruniowa.org for more information.

Board of Directors

We are looking for dedicated individuals to serve on the GOTR of Eastern Iowa Board of Directors. Please join us in empowering young girls in our communities to be joyful, healthy and confident! Board terms are 1 year for the first year, then 2 years in length for the next two terms, with the opportunity for renewal. Board members are required to act as liaison to at least one GOTR committee, be ambassadors in the community, to regularly attend meetings and events, and assist with fundraising. Click here to submit an application, or for more information contact GOTR Board Chair, Kelly Teeselink, at kelly.teeselink@girlsontherun.org.


Run a race and raise money for Girls on the Run of Eastern Iowa!  More info here.

Spread the Word

Building awareness of our program helps families who will benefit from Girls on the Run hear about it in the first place!  Wear your t-shirt proudly, run races in your shirt, get a GOTR sticker for your car…spread the word!

Interested in Volunteering?

If you're interested in volunteering for Girls on the Run, please fill out this form and we will contact you with more information. Thank you for your interest in Girls on the Run!

In which areas of Girls on the Run are you interested in volunteering?