A Two-Way Street
Volunteers are an important part of the Achilles community and take on numerous roles, such as:
- Helping disabled runners become familiar and proficient with special equipment
- Participating in weekly or bi-weekly workouts
- Providing guidance and running advice during races and marathon
- Helping out with race-day logistics.
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
How to Volunteer
To become an Achilles volunteer you must complete a volunteer application form. Download a pdf of the paper form below and fax or mail it to us.
42 West 38th Street
*NYC VOLUNTEERS! Please click here to find out about all the local Achilles workouts and events!
This form is a General Volunteer Form. It is NOT a valid application for the ING NYC Marathon.
VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Achilles has some of the most amazing volunteers, many of whom have been with us for years! We want to recognize them here every month. To nominate someone, please email Fiona.
This month, we highlight volunteer Theresa Molloy!
How and when did you first hear about Achilles?
I learned about Achilles while running in the park. I always wanted to volunteer.
When did you first become a volunteer?
I started volunteering with Achilles Kids in 2013. Prior to that, I volunteered at the Marathon expo registering Achilles athletes.
What has that experience been like for you?
For me, the children and parents of Achilles Kids are the source of inspiration. Every Saturday morning, rain or shine, winter and summer, they converge on Central Park at 90th Street. The camaraderie among the children is uplifting as they see their friends after a long week at school. Achilles group leaders make every family member and volunteer feel welcome and valued as well as motivated.
Describe one or two special memories being an Achilles volunteer.
My favorite Achilles moments are when I see a family come to the park or the JCC for the first time. Diego (sometimes known as Flash), a longtime Achilles member, is the Mayor. He warmly greets the new kids. The moms and dads have a chance to meet the other parents. Many times, the new kids are running or walking the bridle path loop for the first time and it can be challenging. At the end of the workout, their parents are so proud of their child's accomplishment. They see them finishing the loop to the cheers of the Achilles families.
Please name one or two Achilles athletes you have guided.
Wallena - loves music (Katy Perry). Olivia - we do word games to keep us motivated. Dylan - loves to play tag.
Is there anything you would like to bring to the public's attention about being a guide for Achilles?
Being an Achilles guide is very rewarding. As a guide, you experience first-hand that the human spirit can conquer any disability. Our athletes make us better human beings.
Mention a little bit about your background.
I have lived in New York City for over 20 years; grew up on Long Island. I work in financial services. I am studying for my masters in Social Work at Fordham University. I love to travel and am planning a hiking trip to Bhutan.
Anything else you might like to add?
Achilles is a family. Dick and the team truly care about each individual athlete. As a volunteer, you have to believe that the leaders have the best interest of the population they serve in their hearts. I am very proud to be counted among the many dedicated Achilles volunteers.