The majority of our volunteers come from partnering non-profit organizations on national, regional and local levels. Nearly 200 volunteers are needed to stage this event, and opportunities are available in a number of positions including registration check-in at the Race EXPO, course monitors, wine glass distribution, bag check, recovery tent and medical support.
If you are part of a charitable organization looking for volunteer opportunities and to become a beneficiary of the event, and/or receive entries for fundraising purposes, please email [email protected].
Girls on the Run is a fun after-school program that uses the power of running to help prepare young girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. During the after-school sessions, girls train for a 5k-run/walk event with workouts that teach healthy decision making and valuable life skills.
The event partners with the Girls on the Run chapter of Sonoma County. Many of the volunteers for this event are girls, parents and their mentors from Girls on the Run Sonoma County. For more information about this program, visit gotrsonomacounty.org
Founded in 1875, the Native Sons of the Golden West is an organization with a rich history of historical preservation, which began in 1890 with the purchase of Sutter’s Fort when that landmark faced demolition and which continues to this day. The Native Sons was formed as a lasting monument to the men and women of California’s Gold Rush.
Today the Native Sons of the Golden West maintain a strong sense of community building and help ensure a bright future through charitable endeavors and educational involvement. The Native Sons serve a crucial role in our races, managing parking and traffic flow, among other duties.
Learn more at nsgwca.com
Finnish American Home Association – Runners often have to dig deep and find some unnamed source of strength, perseverance, and determination. Finns have a name for that; it’s called “sisu”. Located in Sonoma, FAHA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit, residential and recreational cultural facility providing 48 subsidized and 16 moderate income apartments for qualified senior and disabled residents.
FAHA welcomes diversity and has an uncompromising commitment to and belief in inclusivity, providing housing regardless of culture, abilities, or ethnicity. Founded over 40 years ago by first-generation Finnish immigrants, today FAHA works to preserve its cultural heritage and build community under our name, Finnish American Home Association, through concerts, midsummer and harvest celebrations, and classes.
You may meet FAHA volunteers at registration or along the course, but you are sure to find us after you cross the finish line as we’ll be ready to hand you your wine glass.
Find some of your sisu at fahausa.org
Local High Schools – The event benefits local Sonoma County High School track and cross-country programs including Maria Carrillo HS, Healdsburg HS, and Elsie Allen HS. Many student-athletes and parents volunteer at the race, creating a direct connection between the half marathon and their teams. Thanks to the efforts of the owners and staff at Heart & Sole in Santa Rosa, some of who coach and train at the high schools, and offer training groups for adults for the half marathon.
Kgwale le Mollo (KLM) Foundation – KLM seeks to change the landscape of South Africa’s most rural communities by identifying, educating and training it’s most promising youth. Each year, KLM selects 1-3 of the most talented students from the most rural communities in Mpumalanga Province (around the Kruger National Park), and sends them to Uplands College, one of the top secondary schools in the country. Throughout the process, KLM provides everything from toothbrushes to access to the country’s top legal and accounting firms. KLM scholars go through rigorous supplemental academic ‘bridging’ and leadership training programs, and upon high school graduation KLM works with the top universities, university scholarship programs and private companies to ensure that all students have access not only to college but to the careers of their choice. KLM has graduated five students, all attending college, and currently has seven in grades eight through twelve. To learn more or to make a donation visit KLM-Foundation