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The Fund for Haywood County awards $3500 to Girls on the Run of WNC

Posted 6/30/2017

The Fund for Haywood County recently awarded $3500 to Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina to provide Haywood County girls with the physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to meet the social-emotional and physical needs of 3rd to 8th grade girls.

 “The Fund for Haywood County’s investment in Girls on the Run of WNC is having a direct impact on the number of Haywood County girls we can reach with our life-changing, after-school program. The Fund’s 2016 grant award increased program participation by 54%, with six additional Haywood County schools offering a Girls on the Run® program last year,” stated Amy Renigar, Executive Director, Girls on the Run of WNC. 

The Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

5 Steps to Starting a Girls on the Run Program in your Community

Posted 6/15/2017

Girls on the Run of WNC currently hosts the program in 14 counties of Western North Carolina: Buncombe, Clay, Cherokee, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey. A site can be a school, parks & rec facility, fitness center, community park, or many other possibilities. 

Check out the important dates to get a team started this fall. Then follow the five steps below to get a team started for our Fall 2017 Session. 

Step 1: Read New Site Information Guide

New Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grades) Site Information

New Heart & Sole (6th-8th grades) Site Information

Step 2: Prepare

  • A Site Liaison: A contact person at the site to coordinate with GOTR of WNC. This person can be a site employee or a parent.
  • A safe place for running: Note: This does not have to be a track, a field is acceptable. However, it is necessary to measure off part of that area on occasions when lessons require running at certain distances, (e.g. 1 mile, 5k). Girls on the Run provides general liability insurance for all of our program locations.
  • An inclement weather space: Designated space indoors for team to meet; a gym, covered outdoor area, hallway, etc.
  • Volunteer Coaches: We provide the training, coaching materials, background checks and CPR/First Aid certification for all coaches.
    • Girls on the Run team- at least two coaches per team of 15 participants, three coaches for a team of 20 participants
    • Heart & Sole team- at least two coaches per team of 8-12 participants
  • Confirm Availability: Our programs are 90 minute sessions for Girls on the Run (3rd-5th) and Heart & Sole (6th-8th), twice a week for 10 weeks. Locations need to confirm that space is available to host the program twice a week. We offer a fall and spring program.
  • A desire to make a difference in the lives of girls throughout Western North Carolina 
  • Review the Site Liaison Check List.

Step 3: Complete a Site Application

Returning site registration for the Fall 2017 session closed on June 1.

We are accepting new site applications until August 1! Please contact Program Director Stephanie Bilotta at stephanie.bilotta@girlsontherun.org or 828-713-3132 for a site application.

Upon receiving the site application, our Program Director will review the application and be in touch to arrange a site visit and work out the final details. All applications are subject to prior approval. A submitted application does not guarantee the program will be offered. 

Step 4: Start the Volunteer Application Process

The Site Liaison, Head Coaches, & Assistant Coaches need to complete the online application.

Fall 2017 Volunteer Sign Up

Step 5: Prepare Site Materials

View our Site Support page to download & edit materials for your site, both recruitment/promotional materials AND your team's calendar. The calendar is very important! You'll need to list out each date of lesson with lesson # & cross-reference with your school's calendar (closings/early releases) so that your team is sure to get 20 lessons completed in the session. Your team may need to adjust lesson days in order to accommodate the scheduling conflicts. 

Contact our Program Director, Stephanie Bilotta, at stephanie.bilotta@girlsontherun.org or 828-713-3132 with any questions or for more information.

Want to learn more about the impact of our program and hear directly from program participants? Click the button below to watch a short video about our Girls on the Run team at Bee Log Elementary, the smallest school in NC.

GIRLS ON THE RUN AT BEE LOG ELEMENTARY 

Girls on the Run of WNC is Hiring a Community Outreach Manager

Posted 4/5/2017

Girls on the Run of WNC is hiring a Community Outreach Manager (25 - 30 hours a week, non-exempt, year-round position) who will work to advance the mission and impact of Girls on the Run across 14 WNC counties by: developing and maintaining community outreach efforts to expand partnerships with program sites, businesses, and community organizations; cultivating, recruiting, and retaining volunteers; planning and implementing the bi-annual GOTR 5k events; and coordinating and growing the SoleMates charity running program. The Community Outreach Manager reports directly to the Executive Director. Primary responsibilities include but are not limited to:

 Outreach & Events:

  • Develop community partnerships and coordinate community outreach events to promote GOTR programming and recruit volunteers, SoleMates, donors, and sponsors
  • Create, assemble, and distribute all necessary outreach materials
  • With the Executive Director, identify and establish relationships with local business partners willing to sponsor or donate funds and/or services to GOTR-WNC
  • Serve as contact for partner-hosted promotional and/or fundraising events to benefit GOTR-WNC
  • Provide support to Executive Director and board members with planning, promoting, and executing GOTR-WNC fundraising events
  • Update event, sponsor, and volunteer opportunities on GOTR-WNC website 
  • Develop and execute a marketing plan that utilizes a variety of outlets (traditional, print, social, etc.) to promote all aspects of programming and development

 Volunteers:

  • Develop and implement a volunteer program that provides a wide range of opportunities to meet organizational and volunteer needs
  • Promote volunteer opportunities through media, volunteer placement agencies (Hands On Asheville), online resources, social media, etc.
  • Act as first point of contact and responder to all volunteer inquiries
  • Collect and maintain accurate volunteer records in CRM database
  • Provide appropriate job descriptions and orientation of volunteers
  • Engage in ongoing communication with and recognition of volunteers to keep them connected to the GOTR mission

 Program Support:

  • Outreach to new program sites (meetings and presentations, mailings, cold calls, emails) across 14 county territory             
  • Develop marketing plan to recruit volunteer coaches, working in conjunction with Program Director to ensure program sites’ volunteer needs are met
  • Conduct site evaluation visits to GOTR-WNC teams
  • Coordinate food, decorations, and prizes/gifts for bi-annual coach trainings and mid-session coach meetings
  • Work with sponsors to obtain footwear and apparel for participants

 GOTR 5k (bi-annual event):

  • Recruit and manage 5K Leadership team and 5K day-of volunteers (75+ needed)
  • Work with city/county/private party entities to obtain necessary race permits, develop safety plans, communicate with residents, etc.
  • Food/beverage procurement for race participants
  • Coordinate Inspiration Village fun stations and pre-event celebration (Deejay, dance warm-ups, program)
  • Oversee graphic design needs (poster, promotional materials,  coach and parent guides)
  • Work with marketing volunteers to increase community runners and volunteer participation
  • Follow GOTRI GOTR 5K branding standards and event logistical requirements
  • Evaluation of event with Leadership team  and coach, parent and volunteer surveys to be used in planning for future events
  • Responsible for the 5k event report, including the media recap for GOTRI

 SoleMates Charity Athlete Program:

  • Identify marketing strategies to promote and grow the SoleMates charity athlete program  
  • Support SoleMates’ fundraising efforts through welcome packet materials, monthly e-newsletters, individual coaching e-mails and calls, and help with fundraising page
  • Develop partnerships with regional race directors to obtain SoleMates charity spots
  • Ensure charity athletes are on track to reach fundraising minimums; are receiving appropriate incentives; and are receiving appropriate recognition along with recognition of their donors.
  • Management of SoleMates database and records

 Required Qualifications:

  • BS or BA degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum of 3 to 5 years of demonstrated experience with volunteer management, event planning, development and/or public relations
  • Personal passion for the mission of Girls on the Run and willingness to be a role model for health and self-esteem.
  • Outstanding organizational skills, creativity/innovation, attention to detail, ability to manage multiple deadlines and priorities
  • Excellent communication skills (writing, speaking, and listening) in multiple environments and with a range of audiences (internal and external)
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, working knowledge of and/or capacity to learn CRM software and website updating systems
  • Working knowledge of social media, including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
  • Knowledge of basic graphic layout for website, e-newsletters, and print materials
  • Flexibility to work some evenings, weekends, and occasional travel
  • Ability to travel within assigned territory, using a personal vehicle
  • Ability to lift 30 lbs

 Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Girls on the Run (or other similar youth or wellness programs)
  • Connections to the local community and/or surrounding 14 county territory
  • Experience (planning and/or volunteering) 5k or other race events

 Benefits:

  • Dental, vision, life, and accident insurance
  • Short-term disability
  • 10 paid holidays, plus the week off between Christmas and New Year
  • 10 days of PTO
  • Opportunities for professional development
  • Positive, small-team work environment
 

All positions with GOTR-WNC are pending a valid background check to be eligible for employment.

 

Some flexibility in scheduling is offered, but this position is based at the GOTR-WNC office at 50 S. French Broad Ave, Asheville.

 

Strongly encouraged to attend the Girls on the Run 5k on Sunday, May 21st, 6:30 a.m. – Noon, Asheville Outlets.

 

Deadline for submission by Friday, April 21st at 5pm. Anticipated start date for this position is May 30th.

 

How to Apply:  Email a cover letter and resume (in PDF format) to amy.renigar@girlsontherun.org with “Community Outreach Manager” in the subject line. Please do not call or come by the office. 

 

Click here to download the job description. 

 

Salary range: low-mid 20’s. We are a Living Wage Certified Employer.

 

 Girls on the Run is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, ethnicity, creed, religion, political position, disability, or sexual orientation. 

Spring 2017 Community Teams

Posted 1/27/2017

In an effort to make the Girls on the Run (3rd-5th grade) and Heart and Sole (6th-8th grade) programs more accessible, Girls on the Run of WNC is hosting three community teams available to girls of any fitness level or physical ability. 

  • United Way of Asheville (6th-8th grade): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4- 5:30 p.m. (50 S. French Broad Ave)
  • The Park at Flat Rock (3rd-5th grade): Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 - 5:30  p.m. (55 Highland Golf Drive, Flat Rock)
  • UNC-Ashevile Community Team (3rd-5th graders): Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m (1 University Heights, Asheville) 

The spring session begins on the week of March 6th and ends with the GOTR 5k on Sunday, May 21st. Registration is available online from February 13- February 24. If the team size is over full (8-20 girls allowed depending on the number of volunteer coaches) a lottery will be run Friday, February 24th to give girls an equal opportunity to participate. 

The full cost to Girls on the Run of WNC to provide the program to a girl is $150. We have set up a sliding scale fee structure based on family income & household size ranging from $20-$150, to make the program available to all girls. No girl is turned away for inability to pay.

Click here for more information about registering your girl. 

Questions can be directed to Stephanie Bilotta, Program Director, at 828-713-3132 or stephanie.bilotta@girlsontherun.org.

Cashiers Community Fund Grant Award

Posted 9/5/2016

“Girls on the Run® of WNC has been awarded a grant of $6060 by the Cashiers Community Fund and Lyn K. Holloway Memorial Fund of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, to support programming in the Cashiers.

The grant funding will enable 3rd to 8th grade girls at the Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau and Summit Charter to participate in Girls on the Run®, a physical activity-based positive youth development program that uses running and other physical activities to empower girls with the tools needed to navigate the challenges of adolescence with joy, health and confidence. Specifically, the grant will be used to cover participant expenses such as program materials, t-shirts, water bottles, and 5k medals. Ultimately, the funding is an investment in a brighter future for Cashiers girls!

 

2016 Impact Report

Posted 8/2/2016

2016 was a record-breaking year for GOTR of WNC. Find out why in our 2016 Impact Report.

Molly Barker, Girls on the Run Founder, to speak in Asheville on April 8th

Posted 3/30/2016

Girls on the Run founder, Molly Barker, will be the keynote speaker at an upcoming breakfast at the DoubleTree Hotel in Asheville.  The 10,000 Girls Limitless Potential Breakfast, sponsored by Rhinehart Fire Services, will be held on Friday, April 8th from 8:00am until 9:30am at the DoubleTree. 

The breakfast is being held to celebrate the local council of Girls on the Run serving 10,000 girls in Western North Carolina since its inception since 2002.  Along with Barker, guests will also hear motivational presentations by current and former participants of the life-enhancing Girls on the Run program.

According to Amy Renigar, Executive Director of Girls on the Run of WNC, “We are extremely thankful to our board members, volunteers and donors who have helped us equip these 10,000 girls with the tools they need to navigate life’s challenges with joy, health and confidence.”  The breakfast will not only celebrate the girls and their achievements, but also all the people, businesses and organizations who have helped foster the growth of this program in Western North Carolina 

In 1996, Barker started the Girls on the Run program in Charlotte, NC, with 13 girls.  Since then, the non-profit organization has served one million girls.  Barker has since left the organization to head up The Red Boot Coalition, a project that focuses on taking the same message of authenticity and empowerment to those who are willing to address the current fear, anger and hyperpolarized state of some of our largest systems.  Barker has been featured in media outlets like People, Runner’s World, Glamour, Shape, Redbook and Woman’s Day. She was also recently selected by Fast Company to the League of Extraordinary Women, Women Truly Changing the World.

Individuals interested in attending the breakfast are asked to RSVP at www.gotrwnc.org.  While breakfast is complementary, donations will be graciously accepted during the event.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsor is Park Ridge Hospital. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC.  For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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One in a Million Video

Posted 1/7/2016

Program Impact in the Word of Parents

Posted 12/17/2015

At the end of each 10-week program session, we survey parents to find out what we're doing well and what we could improve. Our 2015 survey results showed that 94% of GOTR parents reported that their girl(s) gained valuable life skill through Girls on the Run. 72% agreed that their girl(s) felt and expressed confidence after completing the program. Statistics are great, but they don't always paint a picture we can see with our heart. That's why we give parents the option of sharing a shining moment and/or favorite thing about Girls on the Run in their own words.

Here are a few of the shining moments shared by parents in our most recent Fall 2015 survey:

  • Learning to pace herself in all aspects of life.
  • My daughter shared with me the star analogy and explained how "clouds" can cover up her shining star. It was a beautiful analogy and gave us a rich conversation afterwards about what makes her a shining star!
  • Realizing she was a role model to some of the younger girls
  • She made new friends at her school-other grade level, and that will help with some bullying that has touched my daughter.
  • The glow around her every time she shared how many laps she ran. Her increased self confidence. Her enhanced ability to support her peers. The look on her face crossing the finish line-PRICELESS!
  • We just moved to the area and being in a new school has been challenging, Girls on the Run has helped her make friends, being part of a team with positive lessons and energy was helpful. Last but not least it gave her something positive to work towards and she was so proud of herself for finishing the 5k as were we, her parents.
  • This was my daughters first year, but will not be her last. She is sad it is over, however this has sparked something in me to be more active so my daughter and I can have another activity to bond over.
  • My daughter enjoyed the physical part - the running - but she loved the lessons. All I had to do to start the conversation was to ask what the lesson was about. This gave her the framework to talk about that and her feelings.

If you would like to see your daughter grow and blossom through Girls on the Run but aren't sure if there is a program in your community, click here to complete a Spring Participant Interest Form. 

If there is a program in your school/community, click here to find out when and how to get your daughter registered.

Mills River Elementary GOTR Team's Community Service Project

Posted 11/30/2015

Girls on the Run members to deliver Holiday greetings to Park Ridge Health guests.

Park Ridge Health is thrilled to welcome members of the Girls on the Run of WNC to deliver special toys and Christmas greetings to our hospital guests.

The toys will go to children who are patients in the Park Ridge Health Emergency Department. Having a plush toy can be comforting for a child receiving care in an emergency situation.

This visit is part of the Girls on the Run program which Park Ridge Health is once again sponsoring for girls in Western North Carolina.

“Park Ridge Health is excited to continue to support such a great national program for girls in our community,” said Jason Wells, Vice President of Physician Services & Park Ridge Experience. “My daughter is in the program and she has experienced personal growth and loves the outreach opportunities Girls on the Run provides.”

Girls on the Run inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

“Part of our training includes instilling a sense of community among the girls that they, in turn, will foster through service opportunities like sharing Christmas cards and gifts with the patients at Park Ridge Health,” said Jodi Grabowski, GOTR of WNC Mills River Elementary Team Coach.

Please join us as the GOTR members spend time encouraging our guests.

 

 About Park Ridge Health: Founded in 1910, Park Ridge Health is a beloved piece of our growing community’s health care network, providing leading-edge, and compassionate care in a Christian environment. Park Ridge Health is a member of Adventist Health System, a family of 44 exceptional, faith-based hospitals across the country that operate independently to deliver care and services that best meet the needs of their communities. Leading the way in many medical firsts for the region, Park Ridge Health provides personalized care at more than 30 locations, offering a dedicated network of more than 140 physicians and providers, cardiac care & rehabilitation, emergency services, nationally awarded cancer care, state-of-the-art surgical care, full-service orthopedic care, a boutique labor & delivery experience, a full range of imaging services and the only accredited hyperbaric medicine facility in Western North Carolina. For more information about Park Ridge Health or to find a physician, please visit www.parkridgehealth.org or call 855.PRH.LIFE (855.774.5433).

 

Girls on the Run Opens Spring 2016 Program Interest Sign-Up

Posted 10/7/2015

In an effort to accommodate more girls into its life-enhancing program, Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina (GOTRWNC) is inviting parents to complete a new Spring 2016 Program Interest Form. The form can be found at www.gotrwnc.org/get-involved/register-your-girl.

According to GOTRWNC’s Executive Director, Amy Renigar, “Interest in our program has increased each year and parents are eager to have their daughters participating. Our goal is to make Girls on the Run accessible to all girls, and we think this new strategy will help us reach that goal.” By having parents complete the interest form, GOTRWNC will be able to identify potential schools, sites and volunteers needed to host the program next spring.

Girls on the Run is a non-profit physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grades. The GOTR curriculum includes 20 lessons that address all aspects of a girl’s development including self-esteem and self-expression, healthy lifestyle habits, setting goals, teamwork and communication skills. 

Girl registration for Spring 2016 will be February 22nd through March 4th, with the exception of sites that are on a balanced/flex school year calendar or those choosing to start early due to teacher workdays/school closings. Those sites will begin registration and lessons on special timelines, so please check the Locations page on the GOTRWNC website for further details.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is to “inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Park Ridge Hospital and Asheville Children’s Medical Center. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC.  For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Beautiful Speech from a GOTR Girl

Posted 8/26/2015

Do you ever wonder what Girls on the Run is really about? It's not just a running program for girls, and Selah Hill, 4th grader at a Haywood Co. school, expresses what GOTR taught her in a beautiful speech she made at her school last spring. Thank you, Selah, for your courage, insight, and gratitude! We are proud to have you as a GOTR alum!

Click here to watch Selah's video

From the day I walked in on the very first day of Girls on the Run I knew I would love it! I have become so much more in shape. Every time we are there I do at least a mile. I always get made fun of for being so small and well, non-sportsy I guess. I am proud to say I am on Girls on the Run now. I used to hate exercising and stuff in PE. But now I love it! Girls on the Run has made me excited and happy to exercise. I think girls on the run is a good place to socialize. There, I can just run and be happy with my friends that are not in my class. Everyone is so nice and encouraging to everyone else! I am especially thankful for the coaches. They encourage me a lot! They are so kind and treat us like their own kids. Sometimes they even run with us! I feel like I can look up to them. I admire them and think they are great role models for us.

I have learned so much from GOTR. Before I was on Girls on the Run I always put so much pressure on myself. I almost didn't like myself! Plus, I always thought about what other people thought about me. My clothes, my hobbies, and sometimes even my food! But now I know that I shouldn't care about what other people think. I am beautiful in my own way and I am proud of that. I am so much more confident in myself and others now. I have girls on the run to thank for that. I have learned so much.

 My life goal is to encourage others to shine in their own way and be confident in themselves! But most importantly I want to feel free to be myself! Which I am totally doing right now. I want to follow the seven habits and live freely. Someday who knows? I might be a celebrity or be living in a cardboard box on the side of the road! I will choose to be happy no matter what happens. I want to make a difference in peoples lives. I want to be a role model for someone. Just like my wonderful coaches and my beautiful friends. Thank you Girls on the Run.

 

Girls on the Run of WNC Receives $15,000 from The Glass Foundation

Posted 8/2/2015

ASHEVILLE, NC, July 30, 2015 – “Girls on the Run® of WNC has been awarded a grant of $15,000 from the Glass Foundation to fund program supplies for implementing the new Girls on the Run program curriculum for middle schools girls called Heart & Sole. The grant award will also help the organization provide supplies needed to improve the bi-annual Girls on the Run® 5k.

The Heart & Sole curriculum was developed to meet the unique needs of middle school girls and focuses on the whole girl. The curriculum is designed with themes to which girls can relate so they build the life skills they need for adulthood. Heart & Sole is accessible to all girls, regardless of athletic ability or fitness level, and considers the age range and varied experienced of middle schoolers.

“Thanks to the generosity of The Glass Foundation, we are able to provide Heart & Sole this coming fall in conjunction with the national release of the program,” says Amy Renigar, Executive Director for the Western North Carolina council of Girls on the Run®. She adds, “Their funding enables us to invest in the program curriculum and also covers the material expenses for 20 teams and approximately 300 middle school girls.”

Physical activity remains a core element of the Heart & Sole program, with more rigorous strength and conditioning circuits that are appropriate for this age group. Each three-month session culminates in participating in the Girls on the Run® 5k with the 3rd through 8th grade program participants, hundreds of coaches, family members and community supporters.

Girls on the Run® of Western North Carolina takes pride in creating a fun, festival-type 5k atmosphere where participants are superstars for the day. Only program participants receive a race bib (all are #1), and all participants receive a finisher’s medal, regardless of how long it takes them to cross the finish line. The average Girls on the Run® 5k has 1,000 runners (including participants) and an average of 1,500 in attendance at each event held annually in December and May. The Glass Foundation grant will fund needed event equipment and additional signage, to make the Girls on the Run® 5k event safer and improve the overall 5k experience for all involved.

It’s not too late for middle schools to sign up to offer this exciting new program. Details about hosting Heart & Sole, as well as a list of middle schools offering the program can be found at www.gotrwnc.org/locations.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our Presenting Sponsors include Park Ridge Health and Asheville Children’s Medical Center. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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2015 Year-End Highlights

Posted 7/2/2015

2015 marked our 13th year of inspiring WNC girls to activate their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams.

GOTR of WNC Program Impact:

  • 1,115 girls served at 58 locations in 12 counties

  • 67% of participants provided with some level of scholarship, totaling $73,058

  • 330 dedicated volunteer coaches delivered the transformational GOTR curriculum

  • 1,000+ Running Buddies/Community Runners participated in the bi-annual GOTR 5k events to support and cheer our girls across the finish line

  • 187 GOTR 5k volunteers were instrumental in making our events safe and SO MUCH FUN

Click here to view and/or download our 2015 Annual Program Report.

 

Program success is possible ONLY with the support of hundreds of volunteers, sponsors, donors, and advocates. THANK YOU!

Special thanks to the following groups, businesses, and donors who keep GOTR accessible to ALL girls:

     

The Girls on the Run SoleMates program provides adults (women AND men) an opportunity to raise money for Girls on the Run while training for the athletic event of their choice. SoleMates set personal goals such as participating in a 5k, marathon or triathlon to raise money for Girls on the Run of WNC. By helping raise critically needed scholarship funds, our SoleMates are champions for the hundreds of young girls who would otherwise be unable to participate in this life-enhancing, character development program.

  • 31 SoleMates trained for and participated in an athletic event of their choice on behalf of GOTR of WNC

  • Collectively raised $17,500 for GOTR scholarships

  • 5 goal races run (AVL Marathon & Half, Smoky Mtn Relay, Chicago Marathon, Bethel Half-Marathon, & Mt Mitchell Challenge)

  • For more info on becoming a SoleMate: click here!

OUR PARTNERS

Over 50 businesses and organizations provided sponsorship support to the WNC council this year through financial and in-kind donations. Our top sponsors are highlighted below, but please click here for the full list of our 2015 Partners.

          Park Ridge

                              

                                         

                                

 

Honor Angie Dorsey!

Posted 6/11/2015

Please join us in honoring Angie Dorsey for her 8 years of volunteerism, fundraising, and leadership that helped empower 8,266 WNC girls to be joyful, healthy and confident through participating in Girls on the Run.

Angie will complete her final 6-year term on the GOTR of WNC Board of Directors on June 30th, and we invite you to celebrate her commitment to our mission by making a tax-deductible contribution in her honor. Your gift will help us continue her legacy of commitment to providing scholarship support that makes our transformational program available to all girls, regardless of ability or family income. 

As a GOTR SoleMate, Angie has raised over $5,000 for our program scholarship fund.  We are challenging our supporters to match that amount before the official end of Angie's board term on June 30th! CLICK HERE to make an online donation in honor of Angie. Donations can be mailed to GOTR of WNC, 50 S. French Broad Ave. Suite 249, Asheville, NC 28801.

“Through the Board, I got to experience the ‘big picture’ of our local council and help direct its future, see all the wonderful programs that we have, how incredibly dedicated and hardworking all of our GOTR staff and volunteers are, and how passionate everyone is about this program we all love.  I cherish each of the roles I have had in my Girls on the Run experience,” Angie shared.

Girls on the Run to Host Talent Showcase Fundraiser

Posted 4/21/2015

Star Power Spectacular Will Feature Some of Asheville Area’s Finest Local Talent

ASHEVILLE, NC– Girls on the Run of WNC is hosting a fundraising event entitled Star Power Spectacular at New Mountain Asheville on Thursday, June 4, 2015 at 7:00 pm. This talent showcase will feature DJ Molly Parti with Paper Tiger, Dulci Ellenburger of Sweet Claudette & The Moon & You, a special performance from O’Henry’s drag queens, plus acts from ten local talents. The evening will also include a silent auction featuring local artists and a raffle. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. The first 100 in the door will receive a free drink ticket.

Girls on the Run is an after-school program for 3rd through 8th grade girls that incorporates running and other physical activities to teach life skills that help girls navigate the challenges of adolescence. In order to continue providing scholarships to a majority of the girls enrolled in the program, GOTR of WNC needs the community’s support to keep the program universally accessible.

“We are excited about this event because it captures the spirit of the GOTR program. Star power is a concept we teach our participants to describe the inner spark that makes each of us uniquely brilliant and empowers us to boldly pursue our dreams. Like the stars in the sky, no two shine exactly alike,” explains Amy Renigar, Executive Director.

Girls on the Run seeks talents of all genres to donate a 3-5 minute performance at the event. Those interested in participating are asked to complete an online entry form and submit a one- to three-minute video of their proposed performance. The deadline for entries is May 4, and chosen performers will be notified on May 8.

Local organizations seeking to sponsor this uniquely Asheville event and local artists wishing to donate a handmade work of art to our silent auction are invited to contact event organizer, Debbie Baumann at squirrelpets@gmail.com or call the GOTR office at 828.713.4290.

Tickets, the Performer Entry Form, sponsorship information, and general event information can be found at gotrwnc.org/get-involved/star-power-spectacular.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our Presenting Sponsors include Park Ridge Health, Asheville Children’s Medical Center, United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County, and The Finish Line Youth Foundation. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Nonprofit Organization Girls on the Run International Reaches 1 Million Girls Served – Local WNC Council Part of Milestone

Posted 3/30/2015

The nonprofit organization Girls on the Run International—a physical-activity based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that empowers girls in the 3rd – 8th grade—proudly announces that it will serve its one-millionth girl in 2015. To commemorate this milestone, Girls on the Run is launching a One-in-a-Million campaign to celebrate the impact the program has had on girls and women from coast to coast, including those served here in western North Carolina.

Since its launch in 2002, Girls on the Run of WNC has served 9,800 girls. Through a curriculum that includes fun team activities and running games, the program teaches girls life skills like trying your best, standing up for yourself and developing healthy friendships. By the end of the 12-week program, both the emotional and physical health of each girl is enriched.

The Girls on the Run curriculum is taught by trained volunteer coaches who encourage each girl to understand and celebrate herself, value healthy relationships and realize her power to impact the world. Each season culminates in a celebratory 5k that unleashes confidence through accomplishment, providing participants with a lifelong memory of setting and achieving a big goal.

“At its heart, Girls on the Run is about inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. With knowledge of the inner strength and resilience they possess, they can go on to build lives of substance and meaning,” says GOTR of WNC Executive Director Amy Renigar. “Imagine the impact one million Girls on the Run alumnae will have—and are already having—on their communities and the world at large! We already have alumnae coaching locally and empowering a whole new generation of girls.”

Girls on the Run’s One-in-a-Million campaign will celebrate the unique qualities that make someone “one-in-a-million.” Throughout the campaign, Girls on the Run will showcase interviews with women who have made exceptional contributions to empowering girls and women. The campaign will also include a social media “chain of affirmation” where people can post about someone they believe is one-in-a-million and challenge that person to do the same for someone else. Learn more and get involved by visiting: gotrwnc.org/info/million.

Says Girls on the Run alumna Callie Jane Vickers—now a freshman in college, “I'm hoping to have a daughter of my own someday, and I want Girls on the Run there to help her learn to embrace herself and become the amazing person she wants to be.”

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our Presenting Sponsors include Park Ridge Health, Asheville Children’s Medical Center, United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County and The Finish Line Youth Foundation. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit gotrwnc.org.

Girls on the Run of WNC Receives a National Award for Capacity Building

Posted 2/18/2015

Girls on the Run of WNC recently received national recognition as the recipient of the Girls on the Run 2015 Pace Setter Award for Capacity Building for the strength of their Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years 2015-2017. The Pace Setter Award, which includes a $1,000 grand prize, honors exceptional council work in five categories, one of which is capacity building. The WNC council’s plan is being shared as a best practice by Girls on the Run International to guide the work of more than 225 councils across North America.

“It is exciting to receive national attention for internal work, like strategic planning, because it is additional time and effort outside of programming that usually goes unnoticed,” states Amy Renigar, Executive Director. “I am honored for our council and especially appreciate the recognition this award gives our Board of Directors, Angela Kemper, WNC Nonprofit Pathways and The Community Foundation of WNC, all of whom played a key role in helping create a plan that actualizes our vision of creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”

The WNC council began their capacity building work in 2013 with the help of WNC Nonprofit Pathways, who laid the groundwork for the council to receive Organizational Coaching and the Board Best Practices training, along with assistance in acquiring a Capacity Building Grant through The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina. GOTR of WNC received the grant which provided the organization with a consultant to guide them through a year-long strategic planning process. Angela Kemper of HunterKemper Consulting began guiding the council in January 2014 through extensive council data collection, the completion of a survey by staff and board members, an all-day Board Planning Retreat and subsequent meetings. The final draft of the plan was approved in June 2014. The planning process provided a platform for board and staff to agree upon a common vision and strategies to enhance program quality and reach, manage sustainability and growth, and increase organizational capacity.

 

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina has several volunteer needs for the Asheville Marathon

Posted 2/10/2015

Girls on the Run of WNC has several opportunities for volunteers and businesses to get involved in supporting them as a Charity Partner during the upcoming Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate. Here’s how individuals and businesses can get involved:

  • As part of their fundraising efforts, Girls on the Run of WNC is hosting a Chance to Win Drawing for five exciting prize packages, ranging in value from $380 to $700. Ticket sales and information about the prizes are now available on the Girls on the Run website (gotrwnc.org). Winners will be drawn at the pre-race dinner on Saturday, March 14th and need not be present to win. Businesses may donate a product or service to be included in this drawing. All proceeds from the Chance to Win Drawing will go directly to fund Girls on the Run of WNC program scholarships.
  • Girls on the Run of WNC needs 60 volunteers to assist on its behalf during the weekend of the Asheville Marathon & Half. Volunteer opportunities are available for the Race Expo (Saturday, March 14th) at the Doubletree Hotel from 11:00am to 5:00pm and on race day (Sunday, March 15th) at the Biltmore Estate from 6:00am to 2:00pm. All event volunteers will receive a t-shirt and an invitation to the Volunteer Appreciation Party the following weekend. Race day volunteers will also receive free entry for the day onto the Biltmore Estate grounds (does not include entry to the house). This is a great way to cheer on friends who are participating in the event! Instructions for volunteer sign-up are available at: www.gotrwnc.org/get-involved/charitypartner

More information on these opportunities can be found at www.gotrwnc.org/get-involved/charitypartner.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Our Presenting Sponsors include Park Ridge Health, Sophie Magazine and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Girls on the Run program has positive impact on the lives of WNC girls

Posted 11/17/2014

Annual Power of One Campaign provides scholarships for girls to participate in GOTR

The Western North Carolina council of Girls on the Run has just launched its annual Power of One Campaign and is asking individuals, families and local businesses to make donations that would provide GOTR program scholarships for area 3rd through 8th grade girls.

GOTR of WNC has made a commitment to serve all girls, regardless of ability or family income. According to the council’s Executive Director, Amy Renigar, “This fall, 70% of our 557 participants are receiving some level of scholarship assistance. The Power of One Campaign is a critical piece of our fundraising that helps us keep our promise to never turn a girl away for inability to pay.”

The generous support of countless donors and volunteers has enabled Girls on the Run to empower over 8,500 girls across 14 WNC counties since 2002. “We have survey data, stories from teachers and parents, and thriving program alumni to prove that Girls on the Run helps girls navigate their ever-changing and ever-challenging world with joy, health and confidence,” states Renigar. “We ask donors to recognize that a contribution to the Power of One Campaign is much more than an investment in our scholarship fund. It is an investment in the life of a girl who, at the end of the season, will literally walk away with a brighter future. And by extension, all of WNC will have a brighter future.”

The Power of One: One Season, One Team, One Girl, One Sponsor - YOU. To change her life forever, go to https://www.raceplanner.com/donate/Girls-on-the-Run-of-WNC and make your donation today.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Sophie Magazine, Park Ridge Health and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Registration Opens & Volunteers Needed for Girls on the Run 5k

Posted 10/21/2014

Registration is now open to the public for the Girls on the Run 5k, which will take place on Saturday, December 6, 2014 at UNC-Asheville Strauss Track. The organization is also looking for individuals to volunteer time to help out on the day of the event.

The GOTR 5k is designed to acknowledge the achievements the 3rd through 8th grade girls have made while participating in the GOTR program. After going through 12 weeks of lessons geared toward helping the girls learn how to be more joyful, healthy and confident, each one runs the celebratory GOTR 5k. The GOTR 5k is a family-friendly, non-timed event that is open to the general public. Runners registered by November 10th will be guaranteed a t-shirt. Individuals interested in participating can go to http://www.gotrwnc.org/race/18-girls-on-the-run-5k.

With over 1,600 people in attendance, more than 100 volunteers are needed to make this event a success. "Volunteers are such an important part of helping our girls feel a sense of accomplishment for all the hard work they put in," says Amy Renigar, GOTR of WNC'S Executive Director. She adds, "We couldn't complete all the 5k planning and day-of-event activities without the help of all our wonderful volunteers. They are filled with the energy and enthusiasm that represents true GOTR spirit and we appreciate all they do to make each event special." Anyone who would like to volunteer should contact Robin Mehler at robin.mehler@girlsontherun.org.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Sophie Magazine, Park Ridge Health and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Girls on the Run of WNC Announces Partnership with Asheville Marathon

Posted 8/18/2014

Girls on the Run of WNC is pleased to announce their selection as a charity partner for the 3rd annual Asheville Marathon and Half at Biltmore Estate to be held on Sunday, March 15, 2015. The races, managed by iDaph Events, host over 1,300 runners from across the country on the beautiful Biltmore grounds. Like these runners, Girls on the Run of WNC believes in the power of movement to change lives.

Girls on the Run of WNC is a non-profit organization offering a 12-week positive youth development program for girls in 3rd to 8th grade which focuses on developing and enhancing girls’ competencies to successfully navigate the challenges of adolescence. The program culminates with the girls completing a celebratory 5k running event, which gives them a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. With a commitment to full accessibility for girls who wish to participate in this life-enhancing program, Girls on the Run of WNC raises and distributes over $70,000 a year in scholarship funds.

“We are ecstatic that iDaph Events has invited Girls on the Run of WNC to be an official charity partner for this year’s Asheville Marathon & Half at Biltmore Estate,” says Amy Renigar, Executive Director of Girls on the Run of WNC. “It is partnerships such as this that allow us to serve over 1,000 girls in WNC each year. We believe that crossing a finish line can be a defining moment for anyone — no matter their age or the distance of the race — and is worthy of celebration! Our desire at Girls on the Run to prepare young women for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living pairs beautifully with iDaph Event’s motto: ‘Be inspired. Do something great!’ We are grateful for this opportunity and look forward to a successful partnership together.”

Girls on the Run of WNC has a limited number of race entries available for those who would like to run as a SoleMate, an adult charity fundraiser. SoleMates are women and men who pursue a personal athletic goal and make their training more meaningful by asking friends to support their journey with a donation to Girls on the Run of WNC. If you would like to join the movement to grow strong girls here in WNC and let your love of running make a difference in the life of a young girl, visit gotrwnc.org for more information about becoming a SoleMate for the Asheville Marathon or Half at Biltmore Estate.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Sophie Magazine, ProFormance, and Park Ridge Health. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Girls on the Run of WNC looking to partner with area businesses

Posted 8/5/2014

Girls on the Run® of WNC’s mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. Right now, the non-profit organization is asking local businesses to partner with them by committing to a year-long sponsorship program. The organization has several types of sponsorship opportunities in which businesses can participate.

“By becoming a sponsor, these businesses will play a significant role in the lives of the girls we serve. In fact, many would not be able to participate in our program if not for the generous support of our business partners,” states Amy Renigar, Executive Director of the WNC council of GOTR®.

The GOTR® of WNC sponsorship programs are designed to provide each business with opportunities to showcase their products and services, and let their customers know they care about the local community. Last year GOTR® of WNC was able to serve 1,161 girls in the 3rd through 8th grades. The organization strives to provide them with healthy snacks, safe places to run, and well-trained coach mentors. 68% of the girls who participated last year would not have had the opportunity without the scholarship support from local businesses.

GOTR® is a 12-week/24-lesson program that is like no other after-school program. The girls meet twice a week with trained volunteer coaches to develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults and make meaningful contributions to community and society. At the end of the three-month session, the girls come together with their families, coaches, and running buddies to participate in a celebratory, non-competitive GOTR® 5k.

Local businesses are invited to partner with the organization at one of several sponsorship levels by contacting Amy Renigar at amy.renigar@girlsontherun.org to receive a Sponsor Packet or by going on-line to www.gotrwnc.org/get-involved/become-a-partner. Business owners should confirm their commitment by September 1, for the Fall session or March 1, for the Spring session. Sponsors who commit in Spring 2015 will also be recognized in Fall 2015, as all sponsors are given a full year of recognition. Though sponsorships can be accepted at any time during the year, the deadline for sponsors to have their logo or name on Spring 2014 program t-shirts is February 20th.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Sophie Magazine, ProFormance, Park Ridge Health and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Volunteer Opportunities to Raise Funds for GOTR!

Posted 7/25/2014

You can help us raise money by volunteering for two local races!

The Color Run™ this Saturday, June 26th

Register as a volunteer by clicking here (be sure to select Girls On The Run), and we will receive $50 for your volunteerism!

  • Date: Saturday, July 26
  • Time: 6:00am-12:00pm -- please arrive by 6:00am. 
  • Location:  YMCA Asheville-- 30 Woodfin Street Asheville, NC

In return for your time, you get a FREE t-shirt, lunch, a chance to be part of this colorful, sold-out race, and the satisfaction of knowing you are making a difference in the lives of WNC girls!

Lake Logan Triathlon - Saturday, Aug. 2nd & Sunday Aug. 3rd

For every 5 volunteers recruited by Girls on the Run, we will receive a $200 donation! For every shift (see options below) you cover, GOTR receives a $40 donation!

Saturday, August 2 – Lake Logan Episcopal Center

  • Registration (Registration desk) – 4:45-8:00 AM – 5 are needed
  • Registration (Body Marking) – 4:45-8:00 AM – 10 are needed
  • Registration (Transition Area) – 4:45-8:00 AM – 3 are needed
  • Directional - – 4:45-9:30 AM – 2 are needed
  • Finish Line – 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM – 5 are needed
  • Run Aid Stations - 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM – 7 groups of 5 are needed

Sunday, August 3 – Lake Logan Episcopal Center

  • Registration (Registration desk) – 5:15-7:30 AM – 5 are needed
  • Registration (Body Marking) – 5:15-7:30 AM – 5 are needed
  • Registration (Transition Area) – 5:15-8:30 AM – 2 are needed
  • Directional - – 5:15-10:00 AM – 3 are needed
  • Finish Line – 7:30– 10:30 AM – 3 are needed
  • Run Aid Stations - 6:30 AM – 10:00 AM – 2 groups of 5 are needed

 Email Robin Mehler at robin.meler@girlsontherun.org if you can volunteer. Carpooling may be available, so mention in the email you're interested in that option. Click here for directions.

 

Girls on the Run of WNC is looking for enthusiastic individuals to coach this Fall

Posted 7/18/2014

           Girls on the Run® of Western North Carolina (GOTR of WNC) is looking for some enthusiastic individuals who would be interested in volunteering as coaches and assistant coaches for their Fall 2014 session. Volunteer coaches and assistant coaches can select from opportunities in schools and other locations throughout Western North Carolina.

            To be a coach, you must be comfortable presenting the 12-week, 24-lesson curriculum to a team of 8-15 girls, lead an active lifestyle and be available after school twice a week for an hour and a half. “You don’t have to be a runner or have prior coaching experience to be a coach or assistant coach with GOTR of WNC,” says Executive Director, Amy Renigar. “The program is about inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident. If you have a positive attitude and want to help make a difference in the lives of young girls, this program offers a unique opportunity to connect to and inspire a small group of girls. We’re certain you’ll have a lot of fun and be equally inspired too!” adds Renigar.

Part of the responsibility of being a coach includes attending a one-day training to receive all necessary program materials and information. The training also includes free CPR/FA certification. This session’s training will be held on Saturday, August 16 at the UNC-Asheville Sherrill Center. Coaches must also complete an online application and pass a background check.

            The transformational physical activity–based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd through 5th grade is designed to develop and enhance girls’ competencies to successfully navigate the societal, mental and emotional challenges particular to their age. The Girls on the Run® curriculum is delivered over the course of 12 weeks by trained and supportive coaches and volunteers who teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a non-competitive, celebratory 5k running event that gives the girls a chance to shine and fosters confidence through an overwhelming sense of accomplishment!

The GOTR of WNC fall session begins the week of September 8 and runs through the week of December 1, with the end of the program celebratory 5K (3.1 mile) run to be held on December 6. Participant registration opens August 25 and closes September 5.

To learn more, complete a coach application, or register a participant, interested individuals may go to the GOTR of WNC website at www.gotrwnc.org.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Sophie Magazine, ProFormance, and Park Ridge Health. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Girls on the Run® of Western North Carolina announces fun sponsorship opportunities to grow strong girls

Posted 3/20/2014

The Western North Carolina council of Girls on the Run® is looking for local businesses and organizations that would like to support their mission. They have recently made available several new sponsorship opportunities for their upcoming celebratory GOTR® 5k to be held on May 17th at UNCA. The new opportunities include a Race Day Volunteer Sponsor, Water Station Sponsor, and Cheer Station Sponsors.

“Our celebratory 5k is held twice a year and is one of the largest family-friendly 5k events in WNC,” said Amy Renigar, the non-profit’s Executive Director. Since 2002, GOTR® of WNC has impacted over 8,100 girls in the 3rd through 8th grades in 14 counties across the region. Renigar adds, “When an individual, business or organization supports our organization, they are helping to empower these young girls realize their limitless potential. We’ve created these new sponsorship levels to give small businesses and organizations an affordable way to support our mission of growing strong girls.”

Interested businesses and organizations can go to www.gotrwnc.org/get-involved/donate or contact Robin Mehler, Community Outreach Manager, at robin.mehler@girlsontherun.org or 828-713-2321.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International. Our mission is “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Sophie Magazine, ProFormance, Park Ridge Health and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC. For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Volunteers sought for help with local Girls on the Run® 5k

Posted 3/12/2014

Girls on the Run® of Western North Carolina (GOTR of WNC) is looking for volunteers to help with the execution of their Spring 5k to be held on May 17th at University of North Carolina - Asheville. The race is the final celebration for all the girls and coaches who participated in the GOTR Spring 2014 program.

"Well over a hundred volunteers are needed to help us put on this special event for the girls," says Amy Renigar, GOTR of WNC'S Executive Director. "We’ve got a lot of volunteer opportunities to suit everyone’s interest."

On May 17th, volunteer roles will vary in time commitment from 10:30am - 4:00pm.  Anyone interested in signing up to volunteer on the day of the 5K, should register at https://www.raceplanner.com/register/Index/5kvolunteer.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International.  Our mission is “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Sophie Magazine, ProFormance, Park Ridge Health and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC.  For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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Runners and walkers can now register for the Rise N’ Shine 5k

Posted 3/11/2014

Registration is now open for the Rise N’ Shine 5k, which will take place on Saturday, May 24th at the Mountain Sports Festival in Asheville’s Carrier Park.  During the month of March, individual registration is $20.  There is also a 20% discount for families of 3 or more.  All the event proceeds will go to benefit Girls on the Run® of Western North Carolina (GOTR of WNC).

The Rise N’ Shine 5k is a family-friendly, timed event that runs on a flat, easy course along the French Broad River.  Adding to the fun of the event, a pancake breakfast is served at the finish.  All participants will receive a race t-shirt and prizes will be awarded to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, as well as the top 3 male and females in each age group.

“We are thankful to the Mountain Sports Festival for allowing us to host the Rise N’ Shine 5k again.  It’s fast becoming a fun tradition for friends and family,” said Amy Renigar, GOTR of WNC Executive Director.  “In line with all the fun and excitement of the event will be the thrill that funds raised will support scholarship programs which allow all girls to participate in the GOTR® program, regardless of income.”

Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program for girls in 3rd-8th grades. The GOTR curriculum includes 24 lessons that address all aspects of a girl’s development including self-esteem, healthy lifestyle habits, setting goals, teamwork, keeping promises and good communication skills. Programs are held in the fall and spring with the girls participating in a celebratory 5k at the end of each season.

Anyone interested in registering for the Rise N’ Shine 5k can go to http://www.gotrwnc.org/race/125-rise-n-shine-5k.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a council of GOTR International.  Our mission is “inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.” Our Presenting Sponsors include Sophie Magazine, ProFormance, Park Ridge Health and United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County. GOTR is offered every fall and spring in 14 counties across WNC.  For more information on starting a program or volunteer opportunities, contact Amy Renigar at 828-713-4290 or visit www.gotrwnc.org.

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The Power of One

Posted 12/19/2013

THE POWER OF ONE

One Season. One Team. One Girl. One Sponsor. YOU. Change Her Life Forever.

 Our motto is: Changing WNC, One Girl at a Time. And that is exactly what Girls on the Run of WNC has been doing for the past 11 years with 7,793 girls changed. By utilizing a fun, experience-based curriculum, our program empowers pre-teen girls with the tools they need to make healthy decisions and the confidence needed to boldly pursue their dreams.

 We began our first 12-week, 24 lesson season in Buncombe County in the spring of 2002 with two teams and 28 girls. Since then, we have expanded our service area to 14 counties and serve nearly 1,300 girls annually. We are so thankful for the growth, giving us the opportunity to change so many young lives!

Along with program growth comes a growing demand for program scholarships. An average of 65% of participants could not experience the joy of being a “Girl on the Run” without financial assistance. We are committed to providing our life-changing program to ALL girls, regardless of income or ability, but we need your help to keep that promise. We are asking you to join our Power of One campaign by donating to our Girls on the Run scholarship fund. Of the 450+ girls in need of a scholarship this spring, there will be one girl whose life your gift will impact in more ways than you can ever imagine.

 Your gift will change the way she feels about and cares for herself, the way she understands friendship, teamwork, perseverance and accomplishment, and the way she views her ability to positively impact her community. At the end of the season she will cross the finish line into a brighter future; and by extension, all of WNC will have a brighter future. This is the power of one: one season, one team, one girl, one sponsor. YOU. Change Her Life Forever.

 To make a donation, click here or mail a check made payable to Girls on the Run to: 50 S. French Broad, Suite 249, Asheville, NC 28801.

 All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.

Help Create a NEW Holiday Tradition of Giving with #Giving Tuesday

Posted 11/13/2013

Because community service is an important component of the Girls on the Run program, GOTRWNC is working with the United Way of Asheville-Buncombe County and other WNC nonprofits to help promote this new tradition of giving among our participants and their families.

Visit our #GivingTuesday webpage for details about how to get involved.

We are a proud #GivingTuesday Partner, and if you would like to give back to GOTRWNC on December 3rd, please visit and share our #GivingTuesday page.

Thanks for your support, and HAPPY GIVING!

Give Back to GOTRWNC by Shopping AmazonSmile!

Posted 11/1/2013

Girls on the Run of WNC is a proud participant of the NEW Amazon Smile program! Just in time for your holiday online shopping! Here's how it works:

  • Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Girls On The Run Of Wnc Inc whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.
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Running Buddy Essay Contest sponsored by Eagle Soars Consulting

Posted 10/16/2013

Running Buddy Essay Contest sponsored by Eagle Soars Consulting

Eagle Soars Consulting will again be sponsoring a Running Buddy Essay Contest for Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina.  Participants of the GOTR of WNC Fall 2013 Session are asked to write about the person they will be choosing as their Running Buddy for the 5K to be held in Fletcher Park on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  The writer of the best essay from all the schools participating in each county will win one free registration entry for their Running Buddy in the Fall 5K.

“This contest is such a great way to support our favorite local non-profit. It gets the girls thinking about who they will choose to be their Running Buddy, and we get so much enjoyment out of reading their essays,” states Anne Lazo, owner of Eagle Soars Consulting.  According to Amy Renigar, Executive Director of GOTR of WNC, “We are encouraging all of our girls to participate in this contest.  We would also like to extend our thanks to Eagle Soars Consulting for sponsoring the contest and making our grand finale even more fun.”

Official rules and entry forms can be obtained by visiting the Eagle Soars Consulting website (www.eaglesoars.com). Click here to download the Official Entry Form.  Click here to download the Official Rules.  Each GOTR participant entering the essay contest must submit their entry form and essay by mail, email or on-line submission no later than Friday, November 22, 2013. All mailed entries should be sent to: Essay Contest Entry, c/o Eagle Soars Consulting, PO Box 7, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a non-profit organization that reaches over 1,200 third through eighth-grade girls in 14 counties across Western North Carolina.  Since inception in 2002, they have impacted more than 6,200 girls with their unique curriculum designed to strengthen girls physically, emotionally, and socially so they are better-prepared to face the pressures of adolescence.

Eagle Soars Consulting has made a long-term commitment to being a responsible member of their local community.  “We recognize the need to collaborate with organizations like Girls on the Run of WNC,” states Lazo.  Over the years, Eagle Soars Consulting has been instrumental in helping launch a number of non-profit organizations.

Running Buddy Essay Contest sponsored by Eagle Soars Consulting

Posted 10/16/2013

Running Buddy Essay Contest sponsored by Eagle Soars Consulting

Eagle Soars Consulting will again be sponsoring a Running Buddy Essay Contest for Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina.  Participants of the GOTR of WNC Fall 2013 Session are asked to write about the person they will be choosing as their Running Buddy for the 5K to be held in Fletcher Park on Saturday, December 7, 2013.  The writer of the best essay from all the schools participating in each county will win one free registration entry for their Running Buddy in the Fall 5K.

“This contest is such a great way to support our favorite local non-profit. It gets the girls thinking about who they will choose to be their Running Buddy, and we get so much enjoyment out of reading their essays,” states Anne Lazo, owner of Eagle Soars Consulting.  According to Amy Renigar, Executive Director of GOTR of WNC, “We are encouraging all of our girls to participate in this contest.  We would also like to extend our thanks to Eagle Soars Consulting for sponsoring the contest and making our grand finale even more fun.”

Official rules and entry forms can be obtained by visiting the Eagle Soars Consulting website (www.eaglesoars.com). Click here to download the Official Entry Form.  Click here to download the Official Rules.  Each GOTR participant entering the essay contest must submit their entry form and essay by mail, email or on-line submission no later than Friday, November 22, 2013. All mailed entries should be sent to: Essay Contest Entry, c/o Eagle Soars Consulting, PO Box 7, Flat Rock, NC 28731.

Girls on the Run of Western North Carolina is a non-profit organization that reaches over 1,200 third through eighth-grade girls in 14 counties across Western North Carolina.  Since inception in 2002, they have impacted more than 6,200 girls with their unique curriculum designed to strengthen girls physically, emotionally, and socially so they are better-prepared to face the pressures of adolescence.

Eagle Soars Consulting has made a long-term commitment to being a responsible member of their local community.  “We recognize the need to collaborate with organizations like Girls on the Run of WNC,” states Lazo.  Over the years, Eagle Soars Consulting has been instrumental in helping launch a number of non-profit organizations.

October 2013 Newsletter

Posted 10/8/2013

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WLOS New 13 Charity Challenge GOTR Feature

Posted 10/7/2013

News 13's Charity Challenge

Click here to watch WLOS News 13's segment featuring the Leicester Elementary GOTR team and coach Gina Bernardo. Voting for the Charity Challenge runs from October 21-26 on News 13’s Facebook page. The charity with the most votes wins $1000 donated from Bryan Easler Toyota.  You can cast your vote daily, and we hope you will vote for us!

 

Integrative Family Medicine chooses GOTR of WNC for charity of the month!

Posted 10/4/2013

All after-tax profits from the sale of supplements sold at Integrative Family Medicine are donated to a different local non-profit each month. This month we are supporting Girls on the Run.  Learn more at: www.integrativeasheville.org/ or
Ph: (828) 575-9600

Volunteers Needed for Asheville Citizen Times Marathon!

Posted 8/21/2013

Volunteers Needed on Sept. 27th & 28th!

Help GOTR raise over $2000 by offering your volunteer support for the Asheville Citizen Times Marathon packet pick-up on Friday, September 27th at the Civic Center.  If you can volunteer at least 30 minutes anytime between 10a-9p, WE NEED YOU!

We also need volunteer support at our water station on Saturday, September 28th between 7a-11a. We'll be located in the Carrier Park concession stand on mile 19 of the marathon.

Contact Robin Mehler with your availability & t-shirt size (as if helping GOTR wasn't enough incentive to volunteer, you also get a FREE T-SHIRT!) at robin.mehler@girlsontherun.org or 828-713-2321.