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!

Individuals interesting in volunteering are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation class before working directly with Special Olympics athletes. Individual volunteers must be at least 14 years old or a freshman in high school. (A limited number of volunteer opportunities are available for younger volunteers when participating as a group and under adult supervision.) Additionally, families who are new to our program are strongly encouraged to attend a volunteer orientation.  The orientation will provide participants with a better understanding of what Special Olympics Howard County has to offer as well as our goals and needs. Pre-registration is required for all volunteer orientation classes. To register, send an email to janetlarrimore@somdhc.ad-mays.com.

Volunteer Orientations

The next Volunteer orientation will be held on Thursday, March 5, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering must attend a volunteer orientation, complete a volunteer application and an on-line Protective Behaviors Course. Parents are highly encouraged to attend an orientation.  For more information and to register, contact Volunteer Coordinator Janet Larrimore. (JanetLarrimore@somdhc.ad-mays.com).

Future volunteer orientations will be held on:

Thursday, March 5
Thursday, April 2
Monday, May 11

Volunteer Information

Best Practices for Coaches

Volunteer Application

Protective Behaviors Training-YouTube Video

Protective Behaviors Quiz

Student Scholarship Information

High school seniors and college students who have been committed to the Special Olympics Howard County program as a volunteer and advocate of the athletes can apply to four scholarships provided through the generosity of four families.

The Jackie Burk Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Volunteer for Special Olympics Howard County ($1,500) was created in 2004 by Jack and Linda Burk in memory of their daughter, Jackie, a special friend and volunteer to Special Olympics Howard County. The Kathy Lindner Memorial Award ($500), in memory of Special Olympics Howard County’s first Volunteer Coordinator, was created in 2012. Kathy was a dedicated volunteer in a number of sports, including the annual Softball Invitational. Application and deadline information will be posted by the end of 2018. 

The Allan Homes Award for Outstanding Student Volunteers in the swim program (up to $1,500) was established in 2005 by Allan and Kathy Waschak. Allan is a member of the SOHO Executive management team, Fundraiser Co-Chairperson, and Aquatics Coordinator. Added in 2018 is the Schnorf Family Scholarship ($1,500). Cole is a member of the Executive Management Team and Fundraising Co-Chairperson. These scholarships are handled through the Community Foundation of Howard County. The Foundation will be accepting applications for the 2019 – 2020 scholarship cycle in late January 2020.