Volunteers are an integral part of the Achilles community and take on numerous roles. Many of our volunteers are experienced runners who function as guides for an athlete with a disability during training workouts and/or races. Other volunteers might choose not to run with an athlete but help with chapter organization, fundraising, race-day logistics, and help represent Achilles at race expos and health fairs. While the overall role is to help athletes during a workout or race so the athlete can successfully and safely participate, ask any Achilles volunteer why they do it, and you’ll often get a similar response, the volunteer gets back as much as they give and more.
Achilles guides come in all shapes, sizes, and speeds. From walkers to those who are closer to the front of the pack, there is a place for you as an Achilles guide.
Not a runner but still want to make a difference? There are a variety of ways to volunteer with Achilles off-road as well!
Some of the roles of an Achilles volunteer are:
|How to Join Achilles Nashville
To become a volunteer guide (running or walking guide) of Achilles International Nashville, email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or complete the form below, either online with the link or print the document and bring it to the first practice you attend:
For any other volunteer opportunities, please email email@example.com to express your interest, include any special volunteer areas you might be interested in, and include contact information!
Once you have become an Achilles member read the handbook! Hope to see you soon!
Volunteer Guide Corner:
Frank and John were both guides for Achilles Nashville athletes in the NYC Marathon in November of 2016. For John, it was his second time guiding a blind athlete. For Frank, it was his first time guiding as well as his athlete’s first time running a marathon.
Achilles loves all of our volunteer guides and volunteers. A special recognition to our very own Dan the bike man. Dan Smith works tirelessly on all the Achilles handcycles, assists with some wheelchair adjustments, and is an all round awesome volunteer. Dan keeps our athletes on wheels rolling.