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There are 56 city/county programs associated with Special Olympics Pennsylvania across the state, and all of them need volunteers at various times during the year.  Volunteer are needed for state events as well. Below are various volunteer opportunities from which to choose. Please review and the below grid to determine your best fit and click on the “Volunteer Registration” button  to begin your volunteer process.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS PENNSYLVANIA (SOPA)

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES!

Volunteer Position

Description

Commitment

Requirements

Coach

or

Assistant Coach

(Class A)

Organizes practices & selects training sites and times. Sport knowledgeable and Special Olympics knowledgeable. Receives training designed specifically for the sport. Coaches must be at least 18 years of age and Assistant Coaches at least 16 years old.  

Participation is seasonal for each sport. The commitment, depending on the sport, ranges from 8-10 weeks, 2 hours per week plus competition day(s) is minimum, but many programs train more often.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks through SOPA.

Training:

Unified Sports Partner

(Class A)

Train and compete on a team with Special Olympics athletes as a teammate/Partner!

Participation is seasonal for each sport. The commitment, depending on the sport, ranges from 8-10weeks, 2 hours per week plus competition day(s) is minimum, but many programs train more often.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks through SOPA.

Training:

Program Management

(Class A)

This Management Team (MT) administers Special Olympics in their geographic boundaries. MT’s are composed 12 volunteer roles to include: Manager, Assistant Manager, Coordinators for Training, Competition, Public Relations, Outreach, and Fund Raising to name a few.

As a Management Team (MT) member, you will work year-round with fellow MT members to develop and execute plans for successful programming. Most programs meet on a monthly basis with activities scheduled throughout the year.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks through SOPA.

Training:

Games Organizing Committee - GOC

(Class A)

Months of preparation goes into coordinating our Special Olympics Games. Games are held in all seasons both on a local, state or sectional level.

Depending on the size of the Games, GOC preparation may take 3 to 8 months planning. Most GOC’s meet monthly – more frequently as Games near, with activities scheduled throughout the planning time.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks through SOPA.

Training:

Games Volunteer

(Class B)

Games Volunteer roles are many – from officiating or refereeing games/competitions to pre-Games set-up or serving as a timer, to name a few. A more in-depth list of Games specific needs is available on our website.

3 to 8 hour shifts on competition days. Time and shifts are position and volunteer recruitment dependant.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Training:

Fund Raising Volunteer

(non-Management Team)

(Class B)

Both SOPA’s state and local programs host many fund raising events throughout the year to support our athlete’s activities! You can take the Polar Plunge, help with auctions, or take part in runs, to name a few.

Most fund raising events are one day long and can be anywhere from 2 to 12 hours, activity dependant.

Complete event specific application

Healthy Athletes

(Class A)

Help conduct free health screenings at events. Screenings include teeth, hearing, feet, vision, and general wellness.

3-8 hour shifts during competition or standalone event days.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Class A Background Checks through SOPA.

Training:

Professional Services

(Class B)

Provide pro bono services (e.g. technical support, computer work, graphic design, etc.).

Project dependant. May take a few hours or more depending on the role and project. Program leadership or staff will be able to provide details.

Completed SOPA Volunteer Application

Expertise in area of need.

 

Volunteer Registration

 

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