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GOTRWV currently serves five counties: Benton, Lane, Linn, Marion and Polk Counties.
County Coordination Teams (CCT) steer the Girls on the Run program locally. CCT leadership allows the program to reflect the vision of each county and engage local community members in defining how and where to serve girls in their area. It is comprised of a group of volunteers who believe in the mission of GOTR and want their county to participate in the program. Members of the CCT choose schools and organizations for partnership, attract and help train qualified coach mentors, coordinate outreach to share information about the program locally, and connect the program with donors and local businesses who want to give support.
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In summary, the three main areas are:
Eight to ten people are needed to share the CCT roles in a fun and sustainable way. One Coordinator and at least three people on each of the three main areas of responsibility
It is important to have enough people keep the work sustainable for a volunteer team to oversee the health and growth of the program over the years to come. Both coaches and non-coaches are welcome!
Mostly. With more than 150 volunteer coaches, 250 committee and 5K event volunteers, current paid staff includes a Director, Program Coordinator and part-time Development Coordinator. In our GOTRWV strategic plan, County Coordinators will paid by yearly stipend and travel reimbursement based on the size of the area served and county budget. Funding for County Coordination is evolving and current funding for County Coordination is limited to Lane County.
Yes, many of our CCT members do both. However, it is important that each county involve as many non-coaches and former-coaches to help share the fun and to lessen volunteer burnout.
Monthly meetings are supported by at least one GOTRWV staff member. Program coordination across all five counties involves preparing curriculum materials , online program registration resources, coach training, and marketing and outreach materials. Additionally GOTRWV provides materials and support for various annual fundraising options including donor packets, charity athlete SoleMate support, and the end of year giving campaign. The GOTRWV Board of Directors have membership from each county which lends additional support to the CCT. Finally, the GOTRWV Fundraising Committee meets monthly and coordinates with all the counties to help meet fundraising and scholarship goals.
With the active growth of the program across the whole Willamette Valley, it is no longer feasible to support a quality program that engages local community members without a County Coordination Team. Starting in the Fall 2016, only counties with County Coordination Teams will host the middle school Heart & Sole program and open online registration for spring 2017.
Yes, adjacent counties such as Polk and Marion counties may set up a combined CCT as long as residents from both counties are active members of the team.
Lincoln County is currently the only additional county we can serve by our agreement with Girls on the Run International. Yamhill County is currently not served by either Portland Metro Girls on the Run or our council and may be added to our area with a special application to Girls on the Run International. All other counties must join the council designated to their area or start their own council.