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Former coaches take their passion for GOTR to new roles

Posted 3/15/2016 | News

Girls on the Run of Greater Milwaukee is pleased to introduce you to Janice Bloch and Jackie Kaminski, the new co-chairs of the volunteer committee. While they are new to these roles, they are not new to GOTR! Both were former coaches and now are looking to bring others to this great organization. We had a chance to ask them a few questions and they shared what they love about GOTR and their advice for volunteers. If you are looking to get involved, check out the Volunteer page on the GOTR website!

Q: What can you tell us about your role with Girls on the Run?  

Janice: Both Jackie and I are just getting started in our new role as co-chairs of the volunteer committee. My role is more the volunteer group side of things. We have some amazing groups of people who help us out every year with our 5K and other events. My job is to keep in touch with them and make sure they are aware of the upcoming events and how they can help out.

Jackie: I am currently a co-chair of the volunteer committee. I took a hiatus from GOTR for two years while my family and I moved to Atlanta for my husband’s job.

Q: How did you come to be involved with GOTR? 

Jackie: I have been involved with GOTR Milwaukee since 2009 in various capacities from coach, running buddy, board member and executive director/council director. 

Janice: I started as a coach three years ago at my daughter’s school. I coached her through three seasons and thought now that she is older I would give another parent the opportunity to coach, but wanted to stay with the organization. Tina (Jones, GOTR executive director) came up with this new role and I was thrilled!

Q: What advice do you have for people looking to get involved with GOTR?

Janice: No amount of time is too small! We have many opportunities to get involved from a one-time 2-4 hour time slot at the Sign and Drive event to being on our 5K committee. Right now, we are looking for previous coaches who do not have a team this year to do site visits. This could be a one-time thing, or as many as you have time for. Spending time at one of our sites listening to the coaches and giving us feedback as to how we could make our program better is a really important piece to making this a successful program.

Jackie: Alternatively, I would encourage anyone who wants to make a bigger impact to realize that they need to make at least a one-year commitment. Of course we always need volunteers for this short term like the 5K, fundraising events and yearly projects, but our main need is for committee members who can bring their strengths to the table in the areas of marketing, grant writing, fundraising and sponsorship. We are so thankful for all our volunteer coaches, site liaisons, parents, community groups and businesses that currently support us in many capacities!

Q: What is your favorite part about your role and GOTR? 

Jackie: What I love about being involved in GOTR is that I know from my personal experience that the years of 3rd-8th grade are extremely crucial in shaping how a young girl views herself. I would have benefitted tremendously from this program. Having personally met Molly Barker, the founder of GOTR, I know that she puts 100% of her heart into this organization. I love knowing that when a girl is involved with GOTR she is given tools that will provide her with the confidence she needs to succeed further in life.

Janice: Since my focus has changed from coaching the girls to the inner workings of GOTR, I have to say getting to know all the people involved in making GOTR a success. It definitely takes a village and I love ours! When I was coaching I was really impressed with the changes you would see in the girls week after week. They grew stronger as a group and as individuals – something that will benefit them now and in the future.

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