Become a Volunteer!
Becoming a Special Olympics Florida Volunteer!
Everyone can contribute to Special Olympics Florida, regardless of age, background or experience. No matter how much or how little time you have to give, when you volunteer, you will be making a difference in the lives of our athletes and this movement. But more importantly, you’ll find that you will get more out of your volunteer experience than you put in – it is something that has to be experienced to be believed.
Because the array of programs, services and opportunities that we offer are so vast, we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your interests and availability! So let’s help you get started…
There are two basic kinds of Special Olympics volunteers. A Volunteer Registration form is required of each type of volunteer and both Class A and B volunteers must be able to show a valid photo ID at the time of registration.
The first is a Class B or “day-of” volunteer who volunteers just on the day of events and competitions and has no sustained interaction with our athletes. These are what we call “walk-on” volunteers, meaning no prior experience or greater involvement with Special Olympics is required, and they are essential to Special Olympics Florida being able to host and run competitions.
Class B volunteers ages 15 and younger are welcome but must be accompanied by a parent or adult volunteer.
When volunteering at a local or area competition in your home town, the Class B form is available either prior to the competition or on-site the day of the games. Your local County Coordinator will help you get involved!
If you’re volunteering at a State-level competition, you can either sign up on-site or fill out and turn in a Class B form prior to arriving. These forms are available on this web site. Check out our State-level competition opportunities!
The second type of volunteer is a Class A volunteer. Class A volunteers are typically coaches and/or chaperones; people who have sustained interaction with our athletes and have made a more prolongued commitment to the program (e.g., are a coach and therefore have committed 2-3 months a year to volunteering).
Do not apply to be a Class A Volunteer until you first speak with your local County Coordinator (find yours now) to see what you are interested in doing in order to determine if you should be a Class A or Class B volunteer. This will save you and your local program time and paperwork.
Once you’ve spoken with your local County Coordinator and you know that Class A status is appropriate for your level of interest, start the Class A Volunteer Registration Process now!
Please read the Special Olympics Inc. Volunteer Screening Policy which was developed to safeguard our athletes and our volunteers.
All Class A volunteers 16 years of age and older must complete Protective Behaviors Training.
Live in the Clermont area? Volunteer at the Special Olympics Florida State Headquarters!
Special Olympics Florida, located on the South Lake Hospital campus in Clermont, is looking for people who can volunteer 5 hours weekly or every other week. Various duties include staffing the reception desk and/or assisting with duties associated with preparation for statewide athletic events. Good communication skills and/or basic computer knowledge would be helpful. To volunteer or for more information please call 352-243-9536.