Volunteers are the backbone of the Special Olympics movement. They are coaches, trainers, officials, event organizers, fundraisers and managers. They can also be unified partners—playing alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities—or fans cheering in the stands.
Below, find links to many of the resources you’ll need as a Special Olympics Maine Volunteer.
Class A Volunteer & Unified Partner Resources
Applications and required training for Area leadership, coaches, Unified Partners, chaperones, drivers, and Athlete Leadership Program/Global Messenger mentors. Before serving in any of these roles each individual must first complete the minimum requirements below. A properly registered Class A Volunteer & Unified Partner is required to submit the Background Check, Protective Behaviors and Concussion Awareness & Safety Training every three years.
- Complete a Background Check – complete a background check online through Sterling Volunteers
- Complete Special Olympics Maine Class A Volunteer & Unified Partner Registration Form, Release & Communicable Disease Waiver.
- Complete Protective Behaviors training (only required if 18 years old and older, unless enrolled in High School)
- Complete Concussion Awareness & Safety Training (Head Coaches only & only required if 18 years old & older)
Class B Volunteer Resources
Before engaging in any service as an Event Volunteer, each volunteer must complete the requirements listed below prior to or upon arrival at a Special Olympics Maine event.
Other Volunteer Resources
- 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.
- SOME Volunteer Privacy Statement – Our Volunteer Privacy Statement explains how we gather and use information provided by volunteers.
- SOME Volunteer Eligibility Policy– Our Volunteer Eligibility Policy lists requirements to be eligible to volunteer with Special Olympics including age requirements, forms, and background checks.
- SOME Local Program Fundraising Application – Fundraisers are a great way to raise money to help support a Special Olympics Maine Delegation to help offset costs associated with their delegation. Fundraisers using the Special Olympics Maine name and branding must have approval prior to the fundraising event.
- 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!
- SOME COVID-19 Guidance 2022 Update – Local, state/provincial/territorial, or national or tribal health and safety laws, rules, and regulations should serve as a primary guide for ensuring a safe environment for all participants at your Special Olympics trainings, competitions, and other activities. This Special Olympics guidance is for use in addition to – not in lieu of – any local, state/provincial/territorial, or national or tribal health and safety laws, rules. This updated guidance is at your disposal as you continue to safeguard and protect your participants.
Need a hard copy of the forms mentioned above? PDF versions below:
All Volunteer Registration forms completed using Adobe Sign will automatically be submitted directly to Special Olympics Maine. Additional forms can be submitted using the methods below:
- BY EMAIL (recommended): email@example.com
- BY FAX: 1-888-490-0672
- BY MAIL: Special Olympics Maine, 525 Main St Unit D, South Portland, ME 04106
Questions about Volunteering with Special Olympics Maine? Contact us.