Become A Volunteer

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Volunteers are the backbone of Special Olympics PA – Philadelphia. We could not exist without the dedication of hundreds of volunteers. 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. All of our volunteers have one thing in common – a sense of personal pride knowing they are changing the lives of individuals with intellectual disabilities. As a volunteer, you can expect to get much more than you give as our athletes will make a positive impact on your life.

TYPES OF VOLUNTEERS

  • Become a COACH or ASSISTANT COACH in your favorite sports. SOPA Philly offers 11 different sports throughout the year, so you’re sure to find a sport that interests you! (Class A Volunteer)
  • Volunteer at one of the many competitions hosted by Special Olympics PA, Philadelphia where you can VOLUNTEER TO CHEER or be a “DAY OF” VOLUNTEER
  • Join the MANAGEMENT TEAM or serve on a SPECIAL OLYMPICS PHILADELPHIA COMMITTEE. We are always in need of new ideas and volunteers to continue the growth of our program. (Class A Volunteer)
  • Be an INTERN with us! (Class A Volunteer)
  • Serve on our YOUNG PROFESSIONALS COMMITTEE or EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD (Class B Volunteer)
  • If you are in law enforcement, you can be a part of our Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR)
  • If you are a teacher or work in a job that brings you in contact with individuals with intellectual disabilities – you can recruit Special Olympics Philadelphia athletes!
  • Publicize Special Olympics where you live and work
  • Provide or assist in getting in-kind donations of products and/or services
  • Help organize Fundraising events (potentially Class A Volunteer)
  • Enlist your organization or service club to sponsor a Special Olympics PA, Philadelphia event!

VOLUNTEER CLASSIFICATIONS

cLASS a vOLUNTEER

Volunteers who are or may be in immediate contact with athletes such as coaches, Unified partners, chaperones, drivers, and overnight hosts, as well as volunteers with administrative (management team members, etc.) and fiscal authority. These volunteers will have a PA State Police Criminal Record Check, PA Child Abuse Clearance, and a National Record Check conducted prior to volunteering in this category. Additionally, a fingerprint-based federal criminal history is required if the volunteer has lived outside of the Commonwealth of PA in the last 10 years.

CLASS B VOLUNTEER

Volunteers with casual or limited contact with athletes such as sub-committee members, officials, event management team members, etc.

ONE DAY VOLUNTEER

Volunteers that assist at one-day events. This can include our fundraising events (Leprechaun Run, Philly Plunge, etc.) or one of our competitions (Bowling Tournament, Spring Games, etc)

Volunteer with Special Olympics Philadelphia