A Day in the Life of a GOTRSTL Volunteer!

Posted by Maggie in on Mon 01/25/2016 4:30

Today, we explore a day in the life of Sue Harrison, one of our dedicated volunteers! Sue has helped us out in the office by reviewing curriculum and other tasks, served on fundraising committees and she is a Girls on the Run coach! Sue worked about 45 years in the finance industry and is now enjoying retirement!

What do you do during the day? During the day I go to the gym, take care of our new puppy, and drive my adult grandson to work or on errands when he needs a ride. I also pick up my 3 year old grandson once a week at daycare. 

What is the best part of what you do every day? The best part of my day is spending time with family and friends.

Where might we find you at 10am? How about 3pm? At 10 I'm usually working out and at 3 I might be walking with a friend or helping out as an assistant GOTR coach. 

How did you get involved with Girls on the Run? I got involved with GOTR when I heard about it from a friend who does lots of volunteer work. I spent a lot of time in the summer of 2015 working in the office on the curriculum binders. Once I got to know the office staff I was hooked. The women in the office are so friendly and helpful and welcomed me every time I visited. It was such a positive place to be. In the fall I volunteered as an assistant coach and I just loved working with the girls. I also worked on the Kathrine Switzer event committee and I got acquainted with more of the Board Members and volunteers. Every experience was positive and refreshing.  I am so impressed with the organization and hope to be more involved in 2016 both with the girls and in the office. 

Girls on the Run Lesson 4 teaches the girls to respond to or catch negative self talk with a noise or motion such as a buzzer or thumbs down. How do you keep yourself thinking positive throughout the day? In order to keep positive I try to listen to books on tape in my car that are educational or that deal with self improvement. I also believe that we are much more likely to be healthy if we are active so I work out almost every day even though I have knee problems and can't run anymore. After over 20 half marathons, I miss running but I've replaced it with walking and Pilates.