From her office at the Rescue Mission, volunteer coordinator Leslie Littlefield carefully plots out where each of the 400+ volunteers will be assigned on Thanksgiving morning. It is a task she is happy to do. “With over 400 volunteers needed to fill various volunteer needs, we are so grateful for these large teams of volunteers. Without these large groups, it would be much more challenging to schedule the volunteers required to manage the event.”
Over 15,000 runners, walkers, babies, and four-legged participants took part in last year’s Drumstick DASH that weaves in and out of the streets of Downtown Roanoke. Registrations are currently ahead of last year by 15% so even more are expected to DASH this year.
There are several large volunteer groups that have been helping since the beginning:
Patrick Henry HS Air Force Junior ROTC – road marshals
William Fleming HS Air Force Junior ROTC – road marshals
William Byrd HS Air Force Junior ROTC – crowd control
Service to others and volunteering in the community is all part of the ROTC program to help round out the cadet experience. The Rescue Mission has counted on large corps of cadets from each high school to help keep the event safe and orderly for all. The cadets also wear their ROTC uniforms, lending a professional look to these volunteer positions.
New this year in helping with the Drumstick Dash will be North Cross School students. The Rescue Mission is counting on 50 volunteers from their school to help with crowd control.
Participants wishing to sign up to walk or run in the DASH may do so in person at 402 4th Street, SE Roanoke or log on to www.drumstickdash.net to sign up online.
The Rescue Mission of Roanoke, located at 402 Fourth Street SE, is a 501(C)(3) grassroots organization serving as a Christian Crisis Intervention Center for Southwestern Virginia. Receiving no government funding of any kind, the Rescue Mission is supported by the generous donations of our community partners. Since 1948, The Rescue Mission has consistently served all people in need regardless of race, creed, gender, age, or ethnicity. For more information about the Rescue Mission, please visit www.rescuemission.net, or call (540) 343-7227.
Submitted by Matthew King