Today we’re shining the National Volunteer Week spotlight on two volunteers: the amazing sister duo, Jasmine and Rebecca! Jasmine and Rebecca are members of our Communications and Special Events Committees, as well as 5k volunteer leaders and past SoleMates. We love their shared passion for the Girls on the Run mission!
Get to know more about Jasmine and Rebecca’s experience volunteering together below.
What brought you to Girls on the Run?
Jasmine was introduced to Girls on the Run through Gamma Phi Beta and told Becca about it. After hearing the mission, Becca was in and we both got involved with the NYC program. Growing up we were both active and involved in different sports, and after running our first 5k, becoming SoleMates seemed like a natural way to give back. At the same time we had recently seen Disney's "I am a Princess" campaign (you can watch here), and having grown up watching all the Disney movies, we were so excited to see the message that being a princess means being beautiful and kind but also brave, strong, and adventurous! We needed no more convincing and signed up as SoleMates for the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend!
Tell us what it's like to volunteer on the Special Events and Communications Committees!
Volunteering with the Special Events Committee is so much fun! I (Becca) get a behind-the-scenes look of how the amazing GOTR events happen. It makes me appreciate even more the dedication and passion of all the volunteers who put in so much time along with the GOTR team to make the events so great. It's also amazing to see all the partners that support GOTR and make our events possible! Marketing and communications is not something I (Jasmine) do regularly, but getting the GOTR message out to more people is very important and sometimes it's fun to do something outside your comfort zone! All the volunteers are so passionate about the mission which also makes it fun!
What is your favorite GOTR memory?
We both have two - the first is being a running buddy at several 5ks. Every girl we spoke to had a story about how Girls on the Run helped them be more confident, be a better friend, and achieve their biggest dreams. My second favorite memory is running as a Sole Mate at the Disney Princess Half Marathon weekend. Not only did we get to run with each other and our mom, the local GOTR group gave us such a warm welcome, and people cheered for GOTR all along the route. It was incredible to feel the support for GOTR and the impact the program has even far away from home.
What do you do to be healthy, joyful, and confident?
We love going to a fitness class together! Having a workout buddy keeps us both accountable, and we know we'll motivate each other to work hard, but also to have a lot of fun.
What GOTR event are you most looking forward to?
The Spring 5k! The 5k is the most fun day of the season, and we're so excited to see the program continue to grow and inspire hundreds of girls and their communities each season. There is nothing better than seeing all the girls cross the finish line and know they have the confidence to go after whatever their dream may be!
Interested in joining a committee? Find more information and our volunteer application at gotrnyc.org/volunteer!