Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Special Olympics Virginia. By giving your time, you make it possible for more than 10,000 athletes in Virginia to participate in Special Olympics.
Below are links to many of the resources you’ll need as a volunteer. Please contact our Director of Volunteer Services
if you have any questions or need more information about volunteering.Volunteer Interest Form
Interested in volunteering? Complete our online interest form and we will provide additional information about volunteer opportunities in your area.
Online Volunteer Interest FormGeneral Volunteer Orientation
Take our online General Volunteer Orientation and quiz. This is the first step of becoming a better informed volunteer and one of several requirements necessary to become a Special Olympics certified coach.
Online General Volunteer Orientation
Volunteer Eligibility Policy
This excerpt from Special Olympic Virginia’s Policy Manual outlines our volunteer eligibility requirements. Our minimum age requirement for volunteers depends on the nature of the volunteer's responsibilities. Generally, volunteers must be at least 14 years old to volunteer by themselves, or 8 years old to volunteer with a parent, guardian or chaperone. Volunteer Eligibility Policy
(PDF)Protective Behaviors Training
This required training gives Class A volunteers guidance on how to treat athletes respectfully and how to identify potential signs of abuse.
Online Protective Behaviors TrainingDownloadable hard copy for volunteers without Internet accessClass A Adult (18+) Volunteer Application
This form must be completed by adults volunteering as coaches, assistant coaches, Area Council members, Global Messenger mentors, drivers, chaperones for overnight events and unified partners. Note: For security reasons, we recommend including only the first five digits in your Social Security Number, and then calling with the last four. Calls should be directed to Gray Miller, Director of Volunteer Services, at 804.612.1608.Class A Adult (18+) Volunteer Application
(writable PDF) Class A Minor (Under 18) Volunteer Application
This form must be completed by minors volunteering as assistant coaches, unified partners or Area Council members and must be signed by the minor and his/her parent or guardian. The second portion of this form must be completed by two non-family references. Class A Minor (Under 18) Volunteer Application
(writable PDF)Event Volunteer (Class B) Release Form
This form must be completed by volunteers who are helping at a one-day event. If the volunteer is a minor, the form must be signed by the minor and his/her parent or guardian.Event Volunteer Release Form
We have also provided a spreadsheet version to use at event check-in.Event Volunteer Release Form Spreadsheet
(Excel)Event Volunteer Release Form Spreadsheet
(writable PDF)Volunteer Code of Conduct
This document outlines Special Olympics Virginia’s behavioral expectations of all volunteers. Volunteer Code of Conduct
(PDF)Code of Conduct Report Form & Action Plan
This form is used by local and area programs to document inappropriate behavior and to develop an action plan to resolve the issues. Code of Conduct Report Form & Action Plan
(PDF)Volunteer Privacy Statement
This document states how Special Olympics Virginia gathers and uses information provided by volunteers.Volunteer Privacy Statement
(PDF)Area Council Job Descriptions
Special Olympics Virginia’s 28 area programs are run by volunteer Area Coordinators and councils. The Area Councils are the governing body of these programs. Visit our Area Council
section for more information on these positions.Terminology/Language Guidelines
This document discusses terminology and proper ways to refer to Special Olympics participants and the program.Terminology/Language Guidelines
(PDF)General Fundraising Strategies - Region RallyNew Branding Resources: