Special Olympics Maryland Baltimore County would not exist without the many volunteers who commit their time and energy to the programs and athletes of SOMDBA.
Through out the year, there are a variety of volunteer opportunities available. The time commitment for Special Olympics volunteers varies from a few hours per year at specific events to working several hours a week year-round. Whatever your interests, talents, background and availability, there are volunteer opportunities for you.
You name it, they do it! Special Olympics is a volunteer-driven organization, which means that we need volunteers for just about everything. Volunteers can coach athletes, help in fund raising, coordinate events, manage a team, volunteer the day of events, serve on committees and so much more!
If you would like more specifics, click here to download our Volunteer Position Descriptions sheet.
Practically anyone can get involved. Our volunteers include students, school groups (junior high, high school and college – Special Olympics Maryland requires that all volunteers be 16 years of age or older, unless accompanied by an adult), church groups, law enforcement officials, military personnel, senior citizens, business groups, professional individuals, civic organizations, families, amateur and professional athletes, coaches and teachers, to name a few. Since Special Olympics is a sports organization, a desire to work with sports events will make your volunteer experience even more rewarding. There is no previous experience required.
In accordance with Special Olympics Maryland volunteer screening policy any individual or group interested in volunteering with a Special Olympics program has to attend a volunteer orientation and training. This includes day of event volunteers as well. This policy is to ensure that all potential Special Olympic volunteers are comfortable, know what is expected of them, and know what is expected of the Special Olympics program that they are going to volunteering for. Volunteer Training & Orientation includes Protective Behaviors Training.
Protective Behaviors Training- Required training for all staff members and Class A volunteers to protect Special Olympics athletes from sexual, physical, and emotional abuse. Class A volunteers are those who have regular, close, physical contact with athletes; are in a position of authority, supervision or trust with athletes; or handle substantial amounts of cash or other assets for Special Olympics.
The next Volunteer General Orientation &Training for Special Olympics Maryland Baltimore County is in the process of being scheduled. In the mean time, you are welcomed to complete the on-line volunteer interest form below so our Volunteer Coordinator is aware of your interest.
1. Complete our secure on-line volunteer interest form. Since space is limited for orientation & trainings, and to provide us with the necessary information that is needed to assess your skills, you must pre-register to attend general orientation & training.
2. Wait for a confirmation email stating you have been signed up for the training along with a list of what you need to bring with you and where to go. If there is no general orientation and training scheduled at this time, you will receive an additional e-mail once a orientation and training is scheduled.
The Management Team, Special Olympics Maryland Baltimore County