Volunteers are an important part of the Achilles community and take on numerous roles, such as:
While their general role is to accompany disabled runners during the course of a workout or race, on any given day an Achilles volunteer will function as a member’s eyes, ears, guide, and motivator. But ask any Achilles volunteer why they do it, and you’ll hear the same answer, over and over: they get back as much as they give, and more.
Walking as a Volunteer with Achilles makes you a better person. The first time I walked with a visually impaired athlete during the Achilles Marathon in Prospect Park, she was able to tell me about the areas we were walking by. The birds and the open fields. I had the vision but missed what she heard by walking with me. I have learned to take better notice of the beauty in everyday life. We learn that you can accomplish whatever you want, there are only abilities no disabilities in life you just have to take advantage of them.
- Achilles Volunteer
To become an Achilles volunteer you must complete a volunteer application form. You can download a pdf of the form below and fax or mail it to us.
42 West 38th Street
NYC 10018 212-354-0300
*NYC VOLUNTEERS! Please click here to find out about all the local Achilles workouts and events!
*** VOLUNTEER APPLICATIONS WILL NOT BE PROCESSED UNTIL MID-NOVEMBER. IF YOU ARE WONDERING WHAT CHAPTER TO JOIN PLEASE CHECK OUT THE CHAPTERS TAB TO SEE IF WE HAVE A CHAPTER NEAR YOU. IF WE DO, FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE CHAPTER LEADER TO SEE HOW YOU CAN BECOME INVOLVED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. ***
This form is a General Volunteer Form. It is NOT a valid application for the ING NYC Marathon.
To Guide in the ING NYC Marathon you must complete the application in the section further below!
The deadline to participate as a volunteer guide in the NYC Marathon was Friday, August 30th. For those of you that completed the application, the matching process is underway and I will be doing my best to contact you in a timely manner (Hopefully sometime in Mid-September. Possibly around the 18th.) to let you know if I will be able to use your assistance. That will be followed up with a guide confirmation letter telling you who you will be guiding and any additional co-guides you will be working with. Thank you for your patience.
Remember to mark your calendars for next year (2014!) if you think you would like to apply to be a guide for the NYC Marathon. The application will go live Wednesday, July 16, 2014 and the deadline to submit your application will be Friday, August 29th.
Thank you for everyone's interest and positive energy.
(Miss) Russell Koplin
Director, Event Volunteers