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.
|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|
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