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Special Olympics Manchester Volunteer Opportunities

Special Olympics Manchester would not exist without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of the volunteers from the North Manchester community. The program relies on volunteers to ensure that every athlete is offered a quality sports training and competition experience.

Our volunteer pool is dedicated and diverse. Volunteers include civic groups, high school and university students, business executives, family members, sports officials, coaches, teachers, retirees and corporate groups.

Special Olympics volunteers can get involved at the local, area, and/or state level. Some volunteers are involved a few hours a year, while others work several hours a week. Every volunteer can find a niche within the Special Olympics Manchester program.

Volunteering with Special Olympics can create lifelong friendships and rewards of immeasurable value. As a Special Olympics volunteer, you will take pride in knowing that you are an important part of a worldwide movement that provides athletes with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to experience the excitement, joy, and personal fulfillment associated with sports.

Please volunteer and make a difference in the lives of many athletes and their families. For information about volunteering with Special Olympics Manchester, please contact Kim Duchane at kaduchane@manchester.edu or call 260-982-5382.

Our program utilizes volunteers to accomplish a wide variety of tasks associated with the mission of providing a program of sports training and competition for children and youth with intellectual disabilities. Both individuals and groups volunteer. Generally, there are three types of volunteers. Below is a description of each with examples of the kinds of jobs within each category:

Administration and Program Management
Serve as a member of a committee to plan and coordinate activities which promote the Special Olympics Manchester mission. Minimum one-year commitment involving regularly scheduled meetings and individual assignments associated with the position.

  • Secretary/Record Keeping
  • Treasurer
  • Fundraising Coordinator
  • Sports Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator

Work directly with athletes to improve their skills in specific sports. Participation is seasonal, depending on the sport. Commitment of at least 1-2 hours per week for eight weeks preceding competitions. Coaches:

  • Attend training to learn sports rules and coaching principles.
  • Recruit and train assistant coaches.
  • Recruit eligible athletes, always trying to expand the program.
  • Help athletes select an appropriate sport and level of participation.
  • Offer a range of sports activities or events to suit all ability levels.
  • Provide a safe training and competition program.
  • Involve families and other outside support groups.
  • Assist athletes in becoming integrated into the overall community.

Day-of-Event Volunteer
Perform short-term tasks associated with a Special Olympics sports event or fundraising event. This is usually a one-day commitment of 4-8 hours. Day-of-event volunteers may:

  • Escort athletes.
  • Serve meals.
  • Officiate games.
  • Register volunteers and event participants.
  • Keep score.
  • Present awards.
  • Provide first aid.
  • Set up/tear down equipment.
  • Help with post-event clean-up.
  • Assist with event hospitality.

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