Get Involved as an Ongoing Volunteer
Volunteers influence all aspects of Special Olympics Connecticut.
Volunteers who take on ongoing roles help mold and influence the Special Olympics community.
Roles range from long-term coaching and chaperoning positions, to volunteers who help run sporting and fundraising events. There is a place for everyone to be an ongoing volunteer and help at all types of events.
Supporting a Local Program
Volunteers are needed for various positions on the local level. The typical time commitment is 1 to 2 hours per week for 8 to 10 weeks leading up to all state level events.
A Local Program may need volunteers who are chaperones, hometown escorts, management team members and assistant coaches. To learn more about each Local Program, the sports they offer, and what they are seeking, click HERE.
Or, see Current Opportunities below.
Become a Unified Sports® Partner
For more information, click HERE.
Become a Coach
For more information, click HERE.
Connecticut Tumblers gymnastics team is looking for volunteer coaches and assistants to help our athletes improve their skills and learn routines for SOCT Winter Games competition. Practices begin October 10 and are held weekly on Thursdays, 6:45 - 8:00 pm at the Guilford Community Center (32 Church St., Guilford, CT 06437). Please contact Local Coordinator / Coach Christine Costantino at [email protected] with questions or interest.
LARC Special Olympics – Alpine Ski team is looking for volunteers to ski with athletes at Mohawk Mountain in Cornwall, CT
Practices are Mondays starting on January 6th 2020 through the end of February. Competition will be Saturday and Sunday at the end of February at Powder Ridge.
Everyone arrives by 6:00pm and on the slopes by 6:30pm and the team is back in the lodge before 8:00pm.
Need your own ski equipment and need to be an intermediate or more advanced skier.
The athletes in the LARC Ski Program are intermediate skiers or Advanced skiers. Robin Pedone – LARC Local Coordinator – phone 860-489-2140 ext 202Email: [email protected]
Special Olympics with Chapel Haven Schleifer Center is looking for volunteers to help coach or to play as Unified Partners in the New Haven area. Volunteers are always welcome to help with any of the sports that CHSC's athletes participate in, which are Traditional or Unified Bowling, Traditional or Unified Basketball, Tennis, Track and Field, Swimming, Soccer, or Softball. Practice times and dates vary. Please contact Emily Westman at [email protected] for more information.
Special Olympics Colchester's Bowling team is looking for volunteers to help set up the bowlers and write down the final scores for the Colchester bowling team. We practice every Sunday from 11am - 1pm at Kick Back-n- Bowl at 9 Bear Swamp Rd, East Hampton, CT 06424. Practices run from September to December. Please contact Tim Wrinn at 860-608-0056 or email - [email protected] with questions or interest.
Special Olympics Hamden Floor Hockey Skills, Thursday evening from 6-8 pm starting January 2, 2020. Assist athletes in learning the skills of Floor Hockey. Runs until Thursday February 13, 2020. Local elementary school in Hamden.
TENNIS: Coach and assistant coaches needed for both Tennis skills and individual and unified play.
Unified Floor Hockey, volunteer Unified Partners to play alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities to play on a team with Special Olympics Hamden athletes. . Practice starts Tuesday December 3, 2019 for 3 weeks 6-8 pm, resumes January 7, 2020 thru Tuesday February 11, 2020. Practices held weekly, dependent on school closings and weather. Competition weekend end of February.
For all activities and interest in working with Special Olympics Hamden, contact Local Coordinator Mischa Campbell. [email protected] or 203-430-6530.
Special Olympics Mid State is looking for bowling volunteers. They practice on Sundays from 1- 2:30 PM at Lessard Lanes in Plainville, CT. They are also looking for two 1:1 swimming volunteers at the Hospital for Special Care from March-June, 2020. For more information on either of these opportunities, please call Elaine Cocores at 860-209-7030 or [email protected].
Special Olympics West Hartford's Bowling Team is looking for volunteers and Unified Partners to play alongside athletes with intellectual disabilities. Practices rare held weekly on Sunday's from from 5:00pm – 6:30/7:00pm (at completion of games) from September 22nd- November 17th at Bowl O Rama - Berlin Turnpike, Newington. Please contact Bowling Coach, Barbara Jagielski at [email protected] with questions or interest.
LOVE WINTER & SNOW? WE NEED YOU!
Special Olympics - Wethersfield is looking for a Snowshoeing Head Coach. You would instruct our athletes weekly and motivate them to do their best at competition. Practices run Mondays at the William J. Pitkin Community Center from January 6 - February 17th from 5:15 pm - 6:15 pm, with competition on February 22nd - 23rd. We'll register you for a training school and get you certified! If you are interested in joining our Special Olympics Family, give us a call at 860-721-2952. On behalf of our athletes, we thank you!
Special Olympics - Wethersfield is looking for a head coach or co-coach for a NEW swim program. Practices run Wednesdays, 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm from 1/29 to 3/11 at Wethersfield High School, 411 Wolcott Hill Road, Wethersfield. There will be a second session from 3/25 - 6/1. Hope you can join us as we get our feet wet with this new program!
SOCT Cycling Committee – we will be expanding some job areas.
Responsibilities vary, but we will train in all job areas. Cycling experience is not required.
We have 4 work days – Cycling Time Trials on Sunday May 3rd for Summer Games.
Event setup is on Friday. Maintenance on Saturday and Tear down is Sunday afternoon.
We have several meetings off season, if new volunteers are interested, they are held on a weeknight and dinner will be included.
We are particularly in need of:
1. Road Crew – site setup, maintenance, and tear down of our courses and physical site. Involves putting out cones, stakes and flagging, signage. 5 volunteers requested.
2, Bike Inspectors – people to help inspect bikes and helmets prior to competitions. We will train you. Includes people to do the checklists, put on stickers, as well as bike and helmet review.
3. Computer skills – Excel Advanced skills needed. Pre-Games – data entry, heating, and event results work. 2 volunteers requested.
4. Timing systems, results and scoring – during games. 6 volunteers requested.
5. Venue assignments – equipment sign-outs, posting of games results, information desk at venue, and general assistance to venue director as needed. 2-3 volunteers requested.
For more information, contact Karen Kalenauskas, [email protected] 860-274-8132, c-203-592-4307.
Watertown Area Association for Special Citizens seeks local volunteers to help with cross-country skiing to start January 2020, Track and field and Cycling in April 2020. Please contact Joe McGrail at [email protected]
Get involved as a Committee Member
We have many volunteers who dedicate their time to ensuring that our events run smoothly. They attend planning meetings, help set up, and lend a helping hand at events.
- Opening Ceremonies
- Sports Committee
- Support Services
- Food Services
- Truck Drivers
If you are interested in joining a committee, contact Katie York at 203-230-1201, ext. 224 or [email protected].