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Become a Volunteer

Special Olympics of Pennsylvania relies on the time and dedication of thousands of volunteers each year.  Commitments can range from being a one- time volunteer for local, regional and state competitions to coaching, assistant coaching and training our athletes, to participating on our leadership teams or planning fundraisers and special events.​

Whether you are a group or an individual, there is an opportunity available to volunteer. Some opportunities require long-term commitments and specific skills.  Other opportunities require limited time commitments and less specific sports skills but are just as important to the overall success of the program.

Class A

A Class A volunteer is someone who is or may be in immediate contact with athletes. Class A Volunteers will require a background check for applicants 18 years or older. In addition to a background check, Special Olympics also requires that all Class A volunteers 16 and over take Concussion Training, Protective Behaviors Training, and General Orientation. 

To find out “What to Expect” in completing your SOPA Class A background checks, click here.

Class B

A Class B volunteer is someone with casual or limited contact with athletes, such as Event Volunteers. 

Read or download our One-Day Volunteer Expectation Brochure and/or our Expectation One-Sheet

 

Class A Volunteers will require a background check for applicants 18 years or older. In addition to a background check, Special Olympics also requires that all Class A volunteers 16 and over take Concussion Training, Protective Behaviors Training, and General Orientation. 

Not sure how to complete our online Volunteer Application? 

Watch our brief “How To Become A Volunteer” video that will walk you through the process step by step!

Volunteer Opportunities with Special Olympics Greater Lehigh Valley Pocono Region:

Covid-19 Coordinator

Volunteers to serve as primary point of contact for all questions related to COVID-19 mitigation processes at practice training site. Administer screenings and temperature checks to all participants (max of 8 athletes with 2 coaches). Monitor and execute safety protocols. Must have access to computer, internet access and a basic understanding of Google products (Forms & Sheets). Contact Coryna Barberis, 610-850-0449, [email protected].

Leadership Position

Open volunteer positions coming soon.

Coaching Position

Open volunteer positions coming soon.

Event Volunteer Opportunities

Open volunteer positions coming soon.

Questions?

If you have questions about volunteering with Special Olympics Greater Lehigh Valley Pocono Region, contact:

Coryna Barberis, Regional Admin. Manager

[email protected]  |  610-850-0449 x 2