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Our events don't exist without our volunteers, and the same goes for our Virtual MOVEment. We are always looking for volunteers to engage Special Olympics Maryland athletes, families, Unified® Partners, and volunteers in our fun at-home opportunities. Our goals are to improve overall health and fitness, encourage virtual socialization, and promote physical activity. Interested in getting involved? Check out our volunteer opportunities below!

SO you want to volunteer with MD?

Use the below to navigate your tailored Special Olympics Maryland volunteer opportunity. There is an option for anyone whether you want to get involved in-person or virtually. Get involved with our sports programs or maybe even our health and leadership programs. Find your perfect volunteer opportunity today!

Complete the Volunteer Interest Survey

We're looking to create the next great volunteer experience! Help us get to know you better by filling out the following survey. This way we can pair you with the best volunteer opportunity for you!

State or Local Volunteer Opportunities?

It's time to get off the sidelines and onto the field! As a Special Olympics Maryland volunteer, you'll have the opportunity to lend your time and talents to support the 8,716 athletes of Maryland.

Create a VolunteerHub Account

Whether you are looking for a one-time experience, a group volunteer opportunity, or something more consistent and long-term, the first step is to create your VolunteerHub account!

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State Opportunities

State opportunities include volunteering at our state-wide competitions such as summer games, winter games, and the golf championship! You may also have an interest in volunteering at major fundraisers like the Rockfish Open or the MSP Polar Bear Plunge. These opportunities are available for sign-up right on SOMD’s VolunteerHub page: https://somd.volunteerhub.com/

Local Opportunities

Local opportunities include volunteering as a coach, a sports volunteer, or a games management team member for a specific sport! For local opportunities, you will commit to helping in a specific county. To get involved with your local program, email volunteers@somd.org with your volunteering county of interest in the subject line.

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Volunteers are welcome to participate in both State and Local Opportunities.

Group Volunteering

Volunteering with a group is welcomed by SOMD! In order to register a group of volunteers from the same company or organization, please email volunteers@somd.org with the following information: Group size, names of ALL group members , the event you are interested in volunteering at, and any questions you may have.

All group members must complete a VolunteerHub account before being allowed to participate in the event

Join us for Virtual Volunteer Opportunities!

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MOVEment Meeting Coach

MOVEment Meetings are weekly group fitness experiences offered on Fridays at noon over Zoom. Each session will last roughly 15-20 minutes and is led by a Special Olympics Maryland Athlete, staff member, or celebrity guest coach! Using Fit5® resources as a guide, fitness coaches will lead group participants through a fun at-home workout emphasizing flexibility, endurance, or strength. Interested in being one of our MOVEment Meeting Coaches? Click the "Be the Coach" button below!

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Fam Fitness Host

Fam Fitness sessions are once a month fitness workouts designed with exercises to be completed together by an athlete and family member. Using Fit5 resources as a guide, the host family will lead group participants through a fun at-home workout focused on flexibility, endurance, and strength. These workouts are about 45 minutes long, so make sure to have water ready! Interested in leading a Fam Fitness workout? Click the "Be a Host Fam" button below.
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Health Forum Host

Health Forums are virtual educational sessions to provide families of Special Olympics athletes direct access to community leaders, health care professionals, and social service providers. Our health forums are based around our Healthy Athletes disciplines: Healthy Hearing, Opening Eyes, Fit Feet, Health Promotion, Fun Fitness, and Special Smiles. If you are a medical professional and are interested in leading one of our virtual Health Forums, click the "Host a Forum" button below!

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Social Club Guest

Our virtual Social Club where we discuss some of our favorite topics. We are looking for individuals who would be interested in joining our weekly Social Clubs as a guest to speak to a wide range of topics (some we are currently covering include Marvel vs. DC, cooking, movies, and more!). Those interested can click the "Be a Guest" button below to get in contact. Please include your name, contact email, and a brief description of what they would be interested in discussing! 

Why I Volunteer

We are gearing up for 2021 Volunteer Appreciation Week and want to know why you volunteer for Special Olympics Maryland! Submit your story below for a chance to be featured during our Volunteer Appreciation Week celebration starting April 17th through the 25th.