#GOTRVoices: The Importance of Serving Your Community

When Abigail participated in Girls on the Run in 2012 as a 9-year-old, she wasn’t sure what she wanted to be when she grew up, but she always knew she wanted to serve her community in some way. As she said, “It’s important to give back to my community because I see a lot of help needed, and the best way to do that is to volunteer.”

Abigail quote: "Being confident means being comfortable in my own skin and with what I'm doing."


About a year and a half ago, Abigail decided to become a volunteer firefighter. However, when she joined the training class at her local fire department, she faced challenges because she was the youngest member — and one of the few females — in her class.

Abigail in firefighter uniform, showing the importance of serving your community.

Despite the obstacles she had to overcome, she persevered to reach her goal. Abigail stated, “Girls on the Run helped me get to where I am by building my confidence, building my strength and knowing that if I set goals for myself, I can achieve them if I work for them.”

If you’re feeling inspired by Abigail’s story and want to share your own story of the strength you cultivated at Girls on the Run, click here! For more inspirational and empowering stories like this, check out our 2021 annual video.

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