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As a registered Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) volunteer, you will receive occasional email communications about our activities, promote inclusion, raise awareness, or garner support for our mission. We do not share your personal information with third parties.

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Volunteer Classifications

Special Olympics Pennsylvania has two different classifications of volunteers. They are:

Class A: Class A volunteer is someone who is or may be in immediate contact with athletes. Class A volunteers are required to have background checks completed before assuming their role. Class A volunteers will also be required to complete trainings. After hitting the Submit button below, you will be sent an email from Verified Volunteers who will provide direction to complete your background checks.

Class B: A Class B volunteer is someone with casual or limited contact with athletes, such as Event Volunteers.  After hitting the Submit button below, you will automatically be directed to the Online Volunteer Portal where you will be able to find and sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities

As required by PA law and in accordance with Special Olympics Pennsylvania policy, you will need to complete background checks in order to become or remain a Class A volunteer.

Please Note: Class A volunteers that are 17 years of age and under do not need to complete background checks.

Step #1: Print, complete the PA Disclosure Statement and upload. You must obtain a "witness" signature. A witness is someone who is 18 years of age or older and can attest to your signature. Your signature and your witness signature must be handwritten; no electronic signatures will be accepted. To upload, "Browse" for a file, select and "Submit."

If you have not lived in PA for the past 10 consecutive years, an FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Record is required by law.  Click here to find locations to support this requirement. Once you have received the results, bring the original report to your local program. They will make a copy for SOPA's records.

As a volunteer for Special Olympics Pennsylvania, we are required to gather some further background information on you. Any "Yes" responses will require that you directly contact our office before continuing.
Please open and review the following Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) policies. By submitting this volunteer application, you are attesting that you have read, understand and agree to uphold.
Volunteer - 17 & under

Volunteers who are 17 and under will recieve an email with a "17 and under application" that must be signed by a parent/guardian. If this procedure is not followed, the individual will not be eligible to volunteer for Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Upon the individual's 18th birthday the Special Olympics Pennsylvania background check process must be followed depending on the volunteer classification. Volunteers minor may not be alone with any participating Special Olympics athlete during the course of their duties as a volunteer with SOPA and its programs and/or events.

Volunteer Signature

By signing/submitting the volunteer application, I affirm that I have read, understand and will adhere to the responsibilities and code of conduct; and that the information I have given is true and complete. If at any time the information provided is found to have been knowingly falsified, I will be disallowed from volunteering with Special Olympics Pennsylvania.