Looking for a place to volunteer? Want to feel the joy of watching athletes with intellectual disabilities work hard and excel in the various sports? Need to earn Community Service Requirements for high school graduation or church requirements? Whether you are looking for a few hours a week or month or a larger commitment, whether you can help with administrative/office work, fundraising or want to work hands-on coaching the athletes, Special Olympics Howard County can use you!

Individuals interesting in volunteering are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation class before working directly with Special Olympics athletes. Individual volunteers must be at least 14 years old or a freshman in high school. (A limited number of volunteer opportunities are available for younger volunteers when participating as a group and under adult supervision.) Additionally, families who are new to our program are strongly encouraged to attend a volunteer orientation.  The orientation will provide participants with a better understanding of what Special Olympics Howard County has to offer as well as our goals and needs. Pre-registration is required for all volunteer orientation classes. To register, send an email to janetlarrimore@somdhc.org.

Volunteer Orientations

The next Volunteer orientation will be held on Thursday, March 15, from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering must attend a volunteer orientation, complete a volunteer application and an on-line Protective Behaviors Course. Parents are highly encouraged to attend an orientation.  For more information and to register, contact Volunteer Coordinator Janet Larrimore. (JanetLarrimore@somdhc.org).

Future volunteer orientations will be held on:

Monday, April 16th
Thursday, May 17th

Volunteer Information

Best Practices for Coaches

Volunteer Application

Protective Behaviors Training

Student Scholarship Information

Through the generosity of four families, Special Olympics Howard County will award four scholarships to outstanding student volunteers who have been committed to the Special Olympics Howard County program as a volunteer and advocate of the athletes.  High school seniors and college students are eligible to apply.

The Jackie Burk Memorial Award for Outstanding Student Volunteer for Special Olympics Howard County ($1500) was created in 2004 by Jack and Linda Burk in memory of their daughter, Jackie, a special friend and volunteer to Special Olympics Howard County. The Allan Homes Award (up to $1,500) was established in 2005 by Allan and Kathy Waschak. Allan is a member of the SOHO Executive management team, Fundraiser Co-Chair, and Aquatics Coordinator. The Kathy Lindner Memorial Award ($500), in memory of Special Olympics Howard County’s first Volunteer Coordinator, was created in 2012.  Kathy was a dedicated volunteer in a number of sports, including the annual Softball Invitational. Added in 2018 is the Schnorf Family Scholarship (($1,500). Cole is a member of the Executive Management Team, Fundraising Co-Chair, and a basketball coach.  

Interested students must complete an application, provide at least one recommendation from a Special Olympics Howard County coach, management team member or sports coordinator, and write a 500 word essay about their experiences as a volunteer. Click here for an application.

Completed applications can be emailed to info@somdhc.org or mailed to Special Olympics Howard County, 8970 Route 108, Suite A-1, Columbia, MD 21045, ATTN: Scholarship Committee. Applications must be received by March 31, 2018.. Questions should be addressed to info@somdhc.org or by calling the SOHC office at 410-740-0500.