The Gilbert Boys and Girls Club's first ever Coach-a-Thon will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 31.
For a minimum donation of $20 - all of which will go to the Boys and Girls Club - Valley residents can get 30 minutes of expert advice from specialists in the areas of finance, health and wellness, career, communications and transitions. The club is located at 44 N. Oak in Gilbert.
"Coaching is really a way for people to get moving forward with whatever it is they want to accomplish," said organizer Bob Wilson of Smartful Coaching, a Gilbert-based business and life coaching company. "That may be improving their finances, it may be helping them move forward with starting a new business, or it could be any number of things in their life that they want to make a change with."
Participants will not have to worry about any obligation for future coaching sessions, nor being solicited.
"The coaches that are there, they're donating their time. They're not turning this into a sales pitch," Wilson said.
Wilson, a member of Gilbert's Chamber of Commerce, hopes the event will make up for some of the cuts the Gilbert Boys and Girls Club has had to its budget.
"I heard that their funding had been cut pretty significantly," Wilson said. "I was looking for a cause to donate to, and I heard that was one that was in need, Certainly if we can help the kids that's a good thing."
According to Wilson, the $20 donation is a deal you won't often find.
"The $20 donation that we're asking for is really pretty reasonable for what most places charge," Wilson said.