Volunteer with SOM
Special Olympics Manitoba is a volunteer-based organization. Currently over 800 coaches, officials, fundraisers and administrators provide support to our over 1600 athletes.
The volunteers are the backbone of the organization. Our success depends on the dedication and skills of our many volunteers.
Volunteering is very easy!
The first step is to complete the application package. Click here to fill out the online application form or you can request to have a copy of the form sent to you by calling 204-925-5625.
When you complete your application, you will indicate the area in which you would like to volunteer (for example, program, fund raising, competitions, etc.) Within approximately ten days after you submit your application, you will be contacted by Special Olympics Manitoba.
You will be notified of the next steps required to complete your application, including a general orientation to Special Olympics Manitoba. Some volunteer positions require a criminal record and vulnerable sector search certificate.
You will be offered a volunteer position if a successful match is made between your abilities, skills and an available position. If you decide to accept the offer, a start date will be discussed with you. You will then receive information on the next steps for training.
Program Volunteers & Coaches
Join the team of program volunteers and coaches who directly provide training for athletes in eighteen different sports. They work with athletes to improve basic motor skills and teach sport-specific skills. They prepare athletes for competition. The time commitment is 1-2 sessions each week for 1-2.5 hours. Some weekends are required for competition. Be a part of athletes achieving their goals and capture the spirit of Special Olympics!
Experience the energy of a Special Olympics Manitoba event! Spend an exciting day at a competition timing races, measuring long jumps, serving lunches and much more. Special Olympics Manitoba also holds many fund raising events throughout the year. Attend one of these fun events as a volunteer and assist with raffle tickets, auction, set-up and take part in the production of a huge event.
Share your expertise and talents on a planning committee. Gain new leadership and organizational skills, or utilize your creative side in putting on a fund raising event or competition. You can also donate your skills to the regional leadership team, a committee that supports the programs and activities of each Special Olympics region in Manitoba. Meet new people and take pride in making things happen!
Office Support Volunteer
Are you available during the daytime and enjoy the office environment? Spend a few hours assisting staff with a mail-out, data entry or filing. Build your resume and gain new skills.
Do you have a unique talent to offer Special Olympics Manitoba? We have photographers, singers for the National Anthem, newsletter designers, etc. Let us know what your skills are and we’ll explore a possible match within the needs of the organization.
Volunteer Application Process
The level of screening in the volunteer application process varies according to the level of responsibility in each volunteer position. Please see below to determine the “next steps” for your volunteer application.
1) Complete the online application form (or submit a hard copy)
2) You will be contacted by SOM within ten days about the “next steps”
“Next Steps” depend on the volunteer position you choose:
“Class 1” volunteers include event volunteers & office support volunteers
“Class 2” volunteers are committee volunteers & student/youth program volunteers/coaches
“Class 3” volunteers are program volunteers/coaches & regional leadership team volunteers
*Any volunteer who has unsupervised access to athletes, funds over $250.00 or sensitive information will be required to have a reference check and criminal record search. In addition, any volunteer who has unsupervised access to athletes and sensitive information will also be required to complete a vulnerable sector search.
For more information on Volunteer Opportunities, please contact: