Become a Volunteer


Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics Pennsylvania represented through 55 local programs.  We could not exist without the dedication of thousands of Pennsylvania citizens.  The time, energy and enthusiasm of volunteers fuel our movement and make our athletes’ dreams a reality. There is a place for everyone in our organization. Please visit our “Volunteer Opportunities” page BEFORE submitting your volunteer registration to check out our volunteer opportunities.


For individuals interested in becoming a Class A or Class B volunteer (Event Volunteer).

Volunteer Application

For Class B volunteer (Event Volunteer) who has already completed the New Volunteer Registration. On the Online Volunteer Portal you will be able to find and sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities.  

Volunteer Portal


For currently registered Class A volunteers that need background checks (18 years or older only).

Background Check Guide


Volunteer Classifications:

Special Olympics Pennsylvania has two different classifications of volunteers.  They are:

Class A – A Class A volunteer is someone who is or may be in immediate contact with athletes. Class A volunteers are required to have background checks completed before assuming their role. Class A volunteers will also be required to complete trainings. 

To find out “What to Expect” in completing your SOPA Class A background checks, click here.

Class B – A Class B volunteer is someone with casual or limited contact with athletes, such as Event Volunteers. 

Read or download our One-Day Volunteer Expectation Brochure and/or our Expectation One-Sheet

Consider Unified Sports

Special Olympics Unified Sports® creates an opportunity for people without intellectual disabilities to join in the sports experience by playing on a team with athletes with intellectual disabilities. Not only do the players all have fun, but attitude change and transformation happens on the playing field and the experiences create lifelong friendships.  Click here for more information.