Today we’d like to introduce you to Mira Reverente.
Mira, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started training and running marathons as an adult. I joined a running club in Ventura and one day, the owner asked me for help because he was thinking of putting a local marathon together. Before that, I was already helping him out as a volunteer -putting the club newsletter together, helping him with some store marketing and some local, small races he was putting on every year.
So, the Ventura Marathon and Beach Party was my first foray into volunteer recruitment and management. I recruited over 500 volunteers that first year, from local schools, churches, non-profit groups, law enforcement and military groups.
Since then, my business has grown through referrals and word-of-mouth. I have coordinated events in LA, Orange and Riverside counties. In 2017, I headed to Orlando, Florida for my first out-of-state event. Races like marathons, half-marathons and obstacle races energize me but I’m hoping to expand to corporate events, festivals, trade shows this year and in the next few years.
In 2017, I decided to formally call my business Got Volunteers? and register it as such. I think it’s catchy and covers a wide array of events where I could potentially be providing volunteers for.
I love the relationship-building aspect of my business and the one-on-one interaction with community members. I love how volunteers make up a huge piece of the event puzzle.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I don’t think any business that’s being built from the ground up will ever be smooth sailing. 🙂
For one, I’m a one-woman show. I do marketing, accounting, bookkeeping, website maintenance, blogging, recruitment, training, etc. So it’s rewarding but can be taxing, doing it all. I hope to change that soon by hiring an assistant. I do have event assistants I call on, on the day of an event, but none for day-to-day operations. I’m a solo parent too so yes, time management can be an issue.
Second, the financial struggle is real. I hustle during the slow season, which is typically January to March. I hope to change that too by doing better projections and just proactively booking events way in advance.
Lastly, marketing and brand awareness – I’m always looking for creative and unique ways to get my name out and stand out from the competition. Social media is my friend but just like any solopreneur or mompreneur out there, I make sure I allocate my time and resources well.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Got Volunteers? is a female, mompreneur-owned company. I recruit, manage and train volunteers mainly for races like marathons, half-marathons, 10Ks, 5Ks, bike rides and obstacle races. In the next year or so, I am looking to expand to other non-athletic events like festivals, corporate events, trade shows and the like.
I am known for finding great, hard-working volunteers in mass numbers, anywhere from 50 to 950, mainly in Southern California, although I also worked my first out-of-state race in Orlando, FL last year.
This coming May, I will be at Sipurbia, a new wine and beer festival in Agoura Hills. I am hard at work finding close to 100 volunteers to help ensure the success of this event in its maiden year.
What were you like growing up?
I’m the oldest of three kids and the only girl. Bossy? Yes. Goal-oriented? Yes. Organized? Yes. Detail-oriented? Yes, yes and more yes.
My parents were both hard-working, middle-class, college-educated folks in the Philippines. So, education was a priority in our household. There was no slacking. We had to finish tasks like cleaning the house or feeding the dog before going out to play, meet friends or go to parties (if any).
I was salutatorian of my high school class. I told my dad and I distinctly remember him asking, “Why didn’t you make valedictorian?” He was just like that. So, I felt like an underachiever sometimes. True story, by the way.
My dad relaxed a little bit when I was in college. I think he had figured out by then that I was deadset on getting a degree in Journalism and I did.
- Website: gotvolunteers.net
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/gotvolunteers
- Facebook: facebook.com/gotvolunteers