Give Back MKE 2022: Girls On the Run

These local organizations are doing great work in our city – and they need your support.

What We Do:

Girls on the Run offers two fun, evidence-based after-school running programs for girls in third through eighth grade, which inspire participants to build their confidence, kindness and decision-making skills. Since 1996, GOTR has served over 2 million girls across the country. “The program is so much more than a running program,” says Tina Jones, executive director for Girls on the Run of Southeastern Wisconsin. “The girls are learning life skills.”

• GOTR focuses on the connection between mind and body through a combination of targeted lessons and physical activity that instills confidence and nurtures care and compassion in every participant. “I joined Girls on the Run and it changed my life,” says Colleen, age 9. “Now I have people who understand me.”

Photo courtesy of Girls On the Run

Where Your Money Goes:

• The generosity of donors and fundraisers ensures that more girls can experience the impact GOTR provides. GOTR programs are supported by individual donations, grants, sponsorships and special events fundraisers, and approximately 50% of participants need further financial assistance to join the program. Donations are used to subsidize the cost of the program for each participant, train each volunteer coach and ensure they are CPR certified, supply teams with program supplies and healthy snacks, as well as provide any GOTR participant with running shoes, if needed.

• You can volunteer as a coach or at an event, including the 5K celebrations, annual Sneaker Soiree and Golf Fore Girls fundraiser. Or you can sign up to fundraise as a SoleMate, and train for an athletic event while raising funds for GOTR.

Photo courtesy of Girls On the Run

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This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine’s December issue.

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