Volunteer Resources

Thanks for volunteering with Special Olympics! Our Volunteer Resources page links to many of our commonly used applications, forms, and trainings.

If you are new to volunteering with us, first get connected by signing up for our Volunteer Updates or by finding a Special Olympics program near you. These resources listed below are for volunteers who are already connected with an Area program or event.


General Volunteer Resources

Volunteer Eligibility Policy
Our Volunteer Eligibility Policy lists requirements to be eligible to volunteer with Special Olympics including age requirements, forms, and background checks.

Volunteer Orientation
Taking our online Volunteer General Orientation is the first step toward becoming a better informed volunteer and one of several requirements necessary to become a Special Olympics Certified Coach.

Volunteer Code of Conduct
Being a volunteer with Special Olympics means that you are representing our organization and our athletes. Our Code of Conduct outlines how we expect our volunteers to uphold our values and mission.

Volunteer Privacy Statement
Our Volunteer Privacy Statement explains how we gather and use information provided by volunteers.

Terminology/Language Guidelines
Learn how to speak respectfully about people with intellectual disabilities and spread the word about our programs using the proper terminology. The words we choose make a difference!

Class A Volunteer Resources

Applications and required training for Area leadership, coaches, Unified Partners, chaperones, drivers, and Athlete Leadership Program/Global Messenger mentors

Protective Behaviors Training and Quiz
The Protective Behaviors online training course and quiz gives guidance on how to treat our athletes respectfully and how to identify potential signs of abuse. Class A volunteer ages 18+ are required to complete this training and quiz every three years.
Online Training & Quiz | PDF

Concussion Awareness Training for Coaches
All volunteers who act in a coaching capacity at any point are required to complete a Concussion Awareness Training once every three years.

Class A Adult (18+) Volunteer Application  
Volunteers ages 18+ who are serving in a position of authority with our athletes and program are required to submit a Class A adult application. A current Class A volunteer must verify the new volunteer's identity before the application is considered complete. The application includes a release authorizing us to submit a background check using information provided by the volunteer to ensure his or her eligibility. The applicant must provide his or her social security number so that the background check can be run. The volunteer must be cleared by our Director of Volunteer Services prior to engaging in Class A volunteer service. Every three years, we resubmit a background check if the volunteer is still involved.

Class A Minor (Under 18) Volunteer Application  
Volunteers under age 18 who are serving in a position of authority with our athletes and program are required to submit a Class A minor volunteer application. A current Class A volunteer must verify the new volunteer's identity before the application is considered complete. The application includes a request for two non-family adult references, which must be updated every three years as long as the volunteer is involved and under 18. The volunteer must be cleared by our Director of Volunteer Services prior to engaging in Class A volunteer service. Once a minor volunteer turns 18 he or she must submit an adult Class A form and undergo a background check.

Class A Frequently Asked Questions

Event Volunteer Resources

Release forms for single day/Event Volunteers and drivers on behalf of Special Olympics not transporting athletes (Class B volunteers)

Event Volunteer Release Form
Before engaging in any service as an Event Volunteer, each volunteer must complete an Event Volunteer Release Form prior to or upon arrival at a Special Olympics Virginia event.

Event Volunteer Release Form Spreadsheet
Before engaging in any service as an Event Volunteer, each volunteer must complete an Event Volunteer Release Form prior to or upon arrival at a Special Olympics Virginia event. A spreadsheet is provided here to speed up the volunteer check-in process and to conserve resources.
Microsoft Excel | PDF