If you heard a “whoot, whoot” along The Color Run
course last year, odds were it came from one of SYF’s most enthusiastic volunteers, Melody Biddle. Melody worked at the water station at the halfway mark, where she hopes to be again on Saturday. Melody returns to The Color Run as a SYF volunteer – this year as a Captain of Fun.
Melody had so much fun last year; she’s coming back this year – and encourages others to join her. As the Indianapolis charity partner of the happiest 5K on the planet, SYF recruits and organizes more than 100 volunteers for The Color Run. SYF volunteers help with everything from runner check-in, water stations and applying colored powder onto runners as they pass through four different stations – pink, blue, yellow and orange. Volunteers are still needed for the event.
According to Melody, volunteering for The Color Run is not only fun and colorful, but meaningful. Sure you’ll see the wild costumes, silly socks and crazy headbands, but you’ll also hear emotional stories of why some of these runners run. And for Melody, the morning is also about connecting with SYF and its mission to support students who are at-risk of dropping out of school.
“I did my best to rouse the runners with shouts of ‘You are halfway there….can I get a WOOT WOOT!?’ to help encourage them throughout the run,” said Melody. “It was so rewarding to see the runners light up and get re-energized as they came through the water station.”
“For me, volunteering for The Color Run is really about a sense of helping and feeling like I’ve helped someone along the course – similar to what SYF is doing for kids every day,” said Melody. “At the end of the day, we’re all trying to encourage and support people who need a little motivation.”
Melody has worked at Simon for the past seven years and is a Utility Billing Specialist – Energy Billing. She enjoys the opportunity to volunteer with – and share her volunteer experiences with her co-workers.
“Volunteering has the added benefit of allowing you to get to know other employees as well as other volunteers from the community,” shared Melody. “Aside from having fun and networking, we all have a great time encouraging others, getting to know one another better, and leaving with a sense of having done something to help someone else.”
According to Brandi Young, SYF Senior Director for Advancement, Melody is an organization’s dream volunteer. “She’s our most enthusiastic, positive – and in this case, ‘colorful’ volunteer. She goes above and beyond in her volunteer duties and in her support of SYF.”
if you would like to sign up to volunteer for The Color Run. If you can’t volunteer for this event, consider joining SYF throughout the year as the organization ignites hope in at-risk youth. Contact Brandi Young
, 317-263-7694 for more information on other volunteer opportunities throughout the year.