Each volunteer opportunity falls into one of two categories based on its responsibility level and time commitment.

Class A – A long-term opportunity that involves having close physical contact with athletes on a regular basis or being in a position of authority, supervision and trust with athletes and within the organization.

Class B – A short-term opportunity that involves providing assistance and support at a competition or event, but not necessarily in close physical contact with our athletes.

RoleClassDescriptionCommitment
Competitions *Most Popular* B Perform short-term tasks associated with conducting competitions (i.e., timer, scorekeeper, escort, etc.) Four-hour shifts, one or more days each year
Coach A Work directly with athletes to improve their skills in specific Special Olympics sports Participation is seasonal for each sport - the usual commitment is two hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks
Unifiied Partner A Train and compete with athletes as part of Unified Sports team Participation is seasonal for each sport - generally one or two practices per week throughout the season
Delegation Volunteer A Assist coaches during practice Participation is seasonal for each sport - generally one or two practices per week throughout the season
Competition & Event Committee A Work with Competition/Event Management Committees to plan and manage competition and fundraising events Commitment begins 4-6 months before competition or event date - specific hours will vary with position
Medical A Provide basic first aid at competitions
Please note that this role requires medical training and certification.
Four- to eight-hour shifts, one or more days a year
Fundraising A or B Plan and/or implement activities to raise financial and in-kind support Commitment ranges from three to four hours for a single event (Class B) to one year as a committee member (Class A)
Public Relations A or B Prepare and/or convey information about Special Olympics to various media outlets Commitment ranges from a few hours for one specific activity (Class B) to a year long commitment as a committee member (Class A)
Official A Serve as a referee, official, or judge at competitions
Please note that this role requires training and/or certification in specific sport.
Commitment ranges from a few hours for a local or area competition to 2-3 days at a state competition
Office Support B Tasks associated with supporting administrative and program functions Generally, four pre-scheduled hours per week