Running for a Cause
About a year ago I realized something was missing in my life: community service work. However, I wanted to get involved with something I was passionate about and truly believed in, not just help out at a soup kitchen once in awhile. Enter Girls on the Run. I read about this national organization that combines training for a 5K with confidence and self-esteem boosting lessons for 8 – 12 year old girls through a mention on a health blog. Fitness and female empowerment? Right up my alley.
I emailed the president of the NYC council, and the rest is history. I am now proud to volunteer on a regular basis with an amazing group of women working to give young girls the tools they need to feel confident and happy. In fact, I interviewed [link href="http://www.girlsontherun.org/ourfounder.html#about" target="_blank" link_updater_label="external"]Molly BarkerListen hereWD Woman of the Year in 2006
For more info about GOTR, visit girlsontherun.org. And here are two other organizations that encourage healthy lifestyles in young people and have volunteer opportunities: [link href="http://www.actionforhealthykids.org/take-action/become-a-volunteer/" target="_blank" link_updater_label="external"]Action for Healthy Kids
Get out, get involved and I promise it'll be worth it!
Bonus: Volunteering is not only a great way to help out others, but also good for your health. Studies show that lending a hand—no matter how small or large your commitment is—can boost mood and ease stress.
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