Volunteers

According to the CDC, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years. At the present time, 12.5 million children, ages 6-19 in the United States are obese. Many more are overweight. Starting January 16, 2015, an international team of athletes will begin a 4 1/2 month journey, running the equivalent of 117 back-to-back marathons across the United States with the goal of inspiring a healthier generation. Join us as we run across the country. Apply for the core team, cross a state or run one of thirteen 4-day challenge events. If you are not a runner, you can sponsor, donate or volunteer! Teachers, please click here.

The following positions are OPEN. If you are interested in learning more, please contact us.

 

Driver/Crew Member for the Race Across USA!

We need a someone who has a sense of adventure as we Race Across the USA! Our cause is childhood obesity. Duties include driving and supporting runners as they cross the country. This unprecedented opportunity starts on January 15 and ends on June 3, 2015. We will start in Huntington Beach, CA and meander through the back roads and highways all the way to Washington DC. The full route includes: CA, AZ, NM, TX, LA, AR, MS, AL, GA, SC, NC, VA, MD. Rest days have been added so that runners can visit schools along the way. Ten athletes will run the entire course. Up to 20 others may sign up to run a state. On Day 140, the runners will also stop at the White House in Washington D.C. to show our appreciation for the First Lady’s support of this important issue. The Race Directors just drove the route backwards in April/May. Along the way, they met local officials, members of the press and visited with schools. They received a warm welcome from everyone including the Mayor of Raleigh, NC, the Mayor of Greenwood, MC, the Mayor’s office in Ft. Worth, TX, the Mayor Pro-Tem of Roswell, NM as well as the mayor in Payson, AZ. Surprisingly, they were interviewed twice by members of the local press in Sanford, NC and Roswell, NM. Both interviews made it in the newspaper. In fact, the story in New Mexico made the front page! Try to imagine what a splash this event will make when up to 30 runners run through their town!! Requirements: Looking for someone who is able bodied, can lift up to 20 lbs at once, be a licensed driver (any state) and have auto insurance. (Gas and lodging will be reimbursed.) If you are also interested in helping to plan this event, please mention this (this work can be performed from home by phone).

Skills Desired: Accounting, Medical/Health, Marketing, Education/Training, Public Speaking/Meeting Facilitation, Project Management, Spanish Language, Social Media/Digital Marketing, Writing, Photography

Matching Categories: Outdoors, Indoors, Geared for 50+ volunteers, Volunteering from Home

Matching Interests: Education & Literacy, Community, Children & Youth, Media & Broadcasting, Health & Wellness, Emergency & Safety, Sports & Recreation

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Videographer/Photographer/Screenplay Writer/Director/Producer

Beginning January 16, 2015 an international team of athletes will cross the United States on foot with the goal of inspiring a generation to lead active lives. We need someone who can cover this unique sporting event and “tell the story” with daily race updates, interviews, state wraps ups and a full documentary short (15-20 minutes) at the end. Daily videos will be uploaded to Vimeo and YouTube and published on Facebook, Twitter as well as on the Race Across USA website. If you are interested in “breaking into the industry” this may be your best opportunity.

Skills Desired: Videography, Screenplay Writing, Writing, Photography, Interactive/Social Media/SEO, Copywriting/Copyediting

Matching Categories: Outdoors

Matching Interests: Education & Literacy, Community, Children & Youth, Media & Broadcasting, Health & Wellness, Sports & Recreation

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Fundraiser

Beginning January 16, 2015 an international team of athletes will cross the United States on foot with the goal of inspiring a generation to lead active lives. We need an Fundraiser that can contact businesses who might want to support the Race Across the USA with sponsorship and in-kind donations. Given our cause (childhood obesity/fitness) we are confident that many potential sponsors will want to align their products with this event and support our mission. We have already build a sizable list of potential donors along with their contact information. You will be free to find your own sponsors as long as they meet our criteria. This position is virtual and can be done wherever you have a phone and internet connection.

Skills Desired: Communications, Brand Development, Messaging, Marketing Strategy, Planning, Sales, Marketing, General Computer Skills

Matching Categories: Indoors, Geared for 50+ volunteers, Volunteering from Home

Matching Interests: Education & Literacy, Community, Children & Youth, Media & Broadcasting, Health & Wellness, Sports & Recreation

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Social Media Coordinator

Beginning January 16, 2015 an international team of athletes will cross the United States on foot with the goal of inspiring a generation to lead active lives. We need a social media coordinator who will publish irresistible posts on Facebook and Twitter that will attract runners, donations and media attention. You can select from a sizeable list of articles that have already been curated. Or, you can find your own! The key is to write a short introduction to the article that makes the links “clickable”. To start, we are looking for someone to post twice a week (Tuesdays and Thursdays). These posts can be made anytime day or night. Later, we would like to expand this role to make posts daily. However, this volunteer position won’t take more than 5 to 10 minutes a day (tops!) once you get the hang of it. And, you will be making a difference for one of the most significant health threats of our time – childhood obesity. Only basic computer skills needed. We will train you! And, this is a transferable skill that can be used in the future.

Skills Desired: Twitter, Writing, Facebook, Social Media, Copywriting

Matching Categories: Indoors, Geared for 50+ volunteers, Volunteering from Home

Matching Interests: Education & Literacy, Community, Children & Youth, Media & Broadcasting, Health & Wellness, Sports & Recreation

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