Why You Should Consider Volunteering at a Race Track

Volunteering at a race track is a great way to give back to your community. Whether you choose to volunteer at a local marathon, half-marathon, 5/10/15/20K, cycling race, or triathlon-style event, you can know that you are giving back to your community and helping change the world around you in a positive way. After all, remember that these races cannot happen without the great volunteers that give their time to the cause.

Most Races Benefit Charities

When you volunteer for a race, not only do you let the people participating in the race do what they love in racing, but many of these events also benefit charities. Race participants often raise money for various charities through pledges or donations. When they run the races of their choice, their charity benefits by getting the money pledged to each participant.

The more volunteers that a running event has, the less people they have to pay to work the race thus cutting expenses and allowing that money to go directly in the pockets of the charities it supports! 

What Charities Are Sponsored?

There are a variety of different charities that are sponsored by different races. Active.com provides a list of upcoming running events that all benefit charities. From donating to cancer research to children’s charities and to everything in between, you can find charity events in your area that allow you to get out and run while raising money or a great cause! The distance you run is irrelevant, whether it’s a 5K or a marathon or something in between, the idea is that you are getting out, volunteering, and helping those who choose to participate give back to a cause that is worthy of the time and effort everyone puts in and is in need of the money raised.

Every charity event helps make the community a better place and benefits those who are less fortunate than we are!

Races Help the Community Businesses

Besides many of these events donating to charity, many of these events also benefit local businesses. For larger events, many runners come from out of town and frequent local hotels, restaurants, stores, and businesses, which brings additional revenue into the city where the event is held. The extra revenue helps boost the city’s local economy and helps keep businesses up and running, especially when 1000s of participants come in for the race!

What Do Volunteers Do at Races?

If you volunteer to work at a race, your job will vary from manning the starting line to passing out water to participants at “hydration checkpoints” throughout the race, working in the realm of event security alongside law enforcement, or even organizing things behind the scenes. Volunteers help ensure that the events go on safely and that the participants are safe while running the races when they choose to participate.

Conclusions

In the end, serving the community by volunteering at a race helps give back to your community while also helping others who are in need.

Community Clean Up

Vacant lots can be an eyesore. They easily get overgrown or end up as a garbage pile. These spaces tend to make residents feel less safe as they invite unseemly attention from a less than moral crowd. There is something you can do though! Taking an active roll in your community will not only help you feel better, but it will make your neighborhood nicer. 

Cleaner Space Brings Safety

In Philadelphia, a study was done on 201 vacant properties after they had been cleaned up and replanted with green life. According to an article in Plan Philly, there was a significant drop in the crime rates (23% reduction in gun-related violence). In Flint, Michigan a similar trend emerged, according to Science Daily. After a decline in the auto industry, a massive loss of population, and a dramatic increase in poverty, crimes rates went up. After community clean up efforts took hold, the 2017 study showed a decrease in violent crimes and break-ins. In Chicago, Elsa Anderson started studying the ecology of vacant lots and discovered there are quite a few benefits to having maintained green space including a variety of plant life, insects, and other wildlife. 

Where to Start

It seems like an overwhelming task to take on, but it doesn’t have to be. In Flint, an organization called Clean and Green maintains all properties owned by the Genesee County Land Bank. In Philadelphia, there is Clean PHL which helps residents take part and understand their Zero Waste and litter vision. Organizations like this are everywhere, and they are always looking for volunteers. Organizations like Keep America Beautiful have a desire to get more people involved in their local communities, and they could be a good place to start. You can also contact your local neighborhood association or the local Parks and Recreations department. 

Why Get Involved?

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better, it’s not,” — Dr. Seuss, The Lorax.

Your neighborhood will feel safer, it will be safer, and it will be something you can be proud of. Volunteering for a community beautification project or organization will not only give you a sense of accomplishment, but it will also look good on your resume. Someone has to step in and step up to help, why can’t that someone be you?

The Art of Giving Back: Becoming a Volunteer

If you’ve got an itch to go out and help others or know someone in need, it might be time to get out and volunteer. Volunteering is the act of helping others without expecting anything in return, and it’s been around since the 13th century.

The Progression of Volunteerism

The first acts of service associated with volunteering come from religious practices during medieval times in Britain, when people were encouraged to help the poor or sick. Estimates place as many as 500 hospitals run by volunteers in and around England in the 13th century. But the actual term volunteer was first coined in 1755 and meant ‘to offer oneself for military service.” Then, in the 19th century, volunteering became more organized and formal, with the creation of the YMCA in London in 1844. During the Civil War, Clara Barton rendered aid to soldiers, and her efforts formed the Red Cross. More organizations formed in the 20th century, helping give those that wanted to provide support a place to focus their efforts and those that needed help a way to get it. Now, with the internet, volunteer options are endless, and people are more connected than ever. 

The Benefits of Volunteering

Giving back to your community can benefit you, too. Here are several ways you might not have thought of:

  • helps to reduce stress and combat depression
  • connects you to others and gives you a community
  • enables you to make friends or work on social skills
  • adds to your resume and helps you learn new skills
  • provides you with a sense of purpose

How to Volunteer

When choosing where to volunteer, there are several things to consider. You’ll need to think about how much time you have to offer, how far you can travel, the types of things that interest you, your skillset, and what organizations have a need at that time. You don’t have to limit yourself, either. You can choose to volunteer at multiple places, during a set time-frame, or only once a year. You can give of your time, money, services, or whatever fills a need. Just the act of helping others is all it involves, and that can mean a multitude of various things. When you think you’ve found the way you’d like to give back, visit or contact them to learn more about how you can get involved. 

Where to Volunteer

With so many places and people that have needs, you won’t have to look far to find a place to volunteer. If you have kids in school, consider volunteering there. If you love animals, contact a local shelter and help walk the dogs. Visit a senior center and ask about spending time with the patients. Youth organizations are always looking for volunteers, and religious facilities need volunteers too. Or use a service to help you find opportunities near you.

One Last Note About Volunteering

No matter how you decide to get involved, it’s the simple act of helping that matters. Today, volunteering is safer than ever, with paperwork required and sometimes even background checks. This may seem tedious, but it ensures the safety of all involved. Be sure you ask questions so you will know what’s expected of you and don’t be afraid to find a new opportunity if the one you tried isn’t a good fit. Volunteering should be a rewarding and fun experience for all involved.