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Up and Running Guelph
Up and Running delivers inclusive, friendly running and walking walking programs to support women who are looking to improve their mental health and well-being. 
Our mentors walk along with our program participants, encouraging, motivating and making connections with them during our group program.  
We plan to offer a distanced walking program this Summer (2021) with small groups walking at a safe distance from one other along the trails in Royal City Park.
Up and Running Guelph
Up and Running Guelph is currently recruiting community members for our volunteer Board of Directors. If you have a passion for our cause, and expertise or interest in fundraising, event planning, marketing and communications, financial management, and/or human resources, we would love to hear from you!  
Since 2016 Up and Running Guelph has worked to improve mental health and well-being in Guelph through nature-based walking and running programs. Our programs harness the proven benefits of green exercise and social connections to provide participants with a new tool for managing their mental health. A university-led research study of Up and Running showed participants had reduced symptoms of depression, and improved reported self esteem and sense of belonging after participating in our running program.  
In recent strategic planning processes, we identified growth as a key priority for the next 3 years, and hope to broaden our impact by increasing participation in current programs, and adding new program offerings, such as a program for men.  
If you have expertise in fundraising, marketing and communications, financial management and/or human resources, as well as an interest in advancing our mission, we would love to involve you in this next phase of our development.  
Additional opportunities are available to contribute to our Board committees who are actively engaged in our Fund Development, Marketing/Communications, Program Development and Program Evaluation. 
Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all positions are filled, and the positions will commence at our Annual Meeting on May 18, 2021 (online this year).  
All Board members are asked to commit to 6-8 hours/month including 10 meetings per year. Our meetings take place on the 3rd Monday of each month (at 7:15pm) unless it is a holiday Monday (in which case we meet the following week.) 
If you feel you have something to offer, and would like to be part of a successful growing organization, please complete this online application:
Up and Running Guelph
Support the Up and Running's Marketing Committee in developing effective marketing and communications strategies and tools to enable us to broaden our reach, and enhance our impact.  
The Committee has the following goals:  
Work to develop a comprehensive marketing plan for Up and Running to enable us to reach out to potential participants, volunteers, and community partners  
Develop and implement a plan for our social media communications 
Develop marketing materials such as posters and brochures, and a plan for their distribution, enlisting Board members where needed 
Update our website to ensure it is aligned with our goals, relevant, and effectively reaching our target audience 
Maintain and build relationships with local businesses, organizations, health care professionals and media to enhance our presence in the community 
Evaluate effectiveness of marketing initiatives/tools and make appropriate changes 
Conduct community outreach and develop partnerships (e.g. partner with community events, other organizations)
Up and Running Guelph
Work with Up and Running's Fundraising Committee - a committee of our Board of Directors - to review our financial needs, develop a fundraising strategy, and research and develop fundraising initiatives for Up and Running Guelph.  
These may include grant writing, sponsorships, organizing special events or individual donation campaigns. We are looking for people who love working as part of team, know the community well and can help develop partnerships, enjoy researching and writing grants, and are creative thinkers.