How to Become a Volunteer for Special Olympics of Howard County
Looking for a place to volunteer? Want to feel the joy of watching athletes with intellectual disabilities work hard and excel in the various sports? Need to earn Community Service Requirements for high school graduation or church requirements? Whether you are looking for a few hours a week or month or a larger commitment, whether you can help with administrative/office work, fundraising or want to work hands-on coaching the athletes, Special Olympics Howard County can use you!
Volunteer Opportunities & Requirements
Additional training may be required based on your selected volunteer opportunity. Documentation for all application and training requirements must be submitted to the Special Olympics Howard County office. Click on the volunteer opportunity below for more information.
Attend a Volunteer Orientation
Anyone interested in volunteering must attend a volunteer orientation, complete a volunteer application and on-line Protective Behaviors and Concussion Courses. Parents are highly encouraged to attend an orientation. Volunteer orientations are scheduled for 7:00pm via Zoom on the following dates:
Wednesday, November 18
Monday, December 21
For more information and to register, contact Volunteer Coordinator Janet Larrimore (JanetLarrimore@somdhc.org).
Complete a Volunteer Application
In accordance with the Special Olympics Volunteer Screening Policy and with the interest of the health and safety of all participants in mind, we ask your cooperation by fully completing the Volunteer application below – all information is required and confidential. Please fill out and send to our Special Olympics Howard County office address. Volunteers under the age of 18 must also ask two adult, non-family references to complete the below Student-Minor Reference Form (e.g., teacher, school counselor, sports coach). Volunteer Applications must be updated every three years. For minors, Volunteer Applications must be updated upon reaching age 18.
Complete Protective Behaviors Training & Quiz
Click below to access the Protective Behaviors Training Program video. Print the below Protective Behaviors Quiz. Circle your answers. Write in your name, county and email address at the end. Protective Behaviors Quiz must be re-taken every three years and is typically re-taken in conjunction with updating Volunteer Application.
Complete Concussion Training
Volunteers can choose one of the below concussion courses. Courses are completed on-line. At the end of either of these courses, volunteers must print a certificate to verify completion.