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.
- 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!
Class A Volunteer Resources
Applications and required training for Area leadership, coaches, Unified Partners, chaperones, drivers, and Athlete Leadership Program/Global Messenger mentors
- Submit a SOMaine Volunteer Registration Packet – Volunteers ages 16+ who are serving in a position of authority with our athletes and program are required to submit a SOMaine Volunteer Registration Packet. 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 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. Volunteers under age 18 who are serving in a position of authority with our athletes and program are required to submit a SOMaine Volunteer Registration Packet. 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.
- 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 16+ are required to complete this training and quiz every three years.
- Concussion Awareness and Safety Recognition Policy
The Concussion Awareness & Safety Recognition online training courses and quiz gives guidance on how to help minimize the risks for concussion or other serious brain injuries. Class A volunteer ages 16+ are required to complete this training and quiz every three years. Class A volunteers must complete one of the following Concussion Awareness & Safety Recognition training:
- National Federation of State High School Associations Concussion in Sports training – Send certificate of completion to Ian Frank, fax 1-888-490-0672 or mail to Special Olympics Maine 125 John Roberts Rd #5 South Portland Maine 04106.Send your completed certificates to Ian Frank, in our State office by mail, email, or fax.or
- The Center for Disease Control’s Heads-Up Concussion in Youth Sports training course
Mail: Special Olympics Maine
125 John Roberts Rd Suite 5
South Portland, ME 04106
Class B Volunteer Resources
Release forms for single day/Event Volunteers and drivers on behalf of Special Olympics not transporting athletes (Class B volunteers)
- SOME Class B Volunteer 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 Maine event.
- Class B Volunteer Group Event Sign-In 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 Maine event. A spreadsheet is provided here to speed up the volunteer check-in process and to conserve resources