Volunteer Opportunities

Special Olympics Maryland is made possible by the time and energy of dedicated volunteers.  

Volunteers come from across the state and from all walks of life to support over 7,000 athletes in many different ways.  Everyone from high school and college students, to professionals and retired individuals have found their place in our many programs.  Whether you are looking for a one-time opportunity, or a more consistent experience, Special Olympics Maryland will provide a fulfilling experience for all involved.

Ready to get off the sidelines as a volunteer for Special Olympics Maryland?  Visit our Volunteer Portal to process your volunteer application and create an account to search and sign up for jobs.


Sports and Competition:  

Sports and Competition volunteers get the privilege of seeing Special Olympics Maryland athletes show off their skills and compete!  A variety of jobs are available, and no previous sports experience is needed to contribute to our events.  Click on the event name to register as an event volunteer for any of these great events.

Special Events: 

Special Events Volunteers make our program possible!  By helping Special Olympics Maryland raise awareness and funds at special events throughout the year, they ensure our programs will be free to any athletes and families who want to participate. 


State Office Volunteer Opportunities: 

Staff Support Volunteers work closely with Special Olympics Maryland Staff Members to support the administration of our program.  These opportunities are great ways to use your professional skills while working in a collaborative and team-oriented environment. 

State Committees & Local Program Leadership Opportunities:

State Committee and Local Program Leadership Volunteers are dedicated individuals who support our program through the administration and direction of our programs throughout the year.  These opportunities usually require at least a 1-year commitment to our program. 

  • Medical Team: Special Olympics Maryland athletes compete in a safe and friendly environment.  Members of our Special Olympics Maryland Medical Team  ensure the safety of our athletes at events by providing medical coverage and treating athletes in the event a minor injury occurs. Members of the medical team must have a valid medical credential of EMT-B, MD/DO, RN, PA.  If interested, please email volunteers@somd.org 


  • Social Media Ambassadors: Help us spread the message of Special Olympics Maryland and all the athletes, volunteers, coaches and families. We are seeking individuals to share and re-tweet some of our social media messages so we can have a greater impact in our Maryland community. You can help us reach more people just by sharing some of our postings. Once you sign up we will send you notifications of social media postings that you can help us push out to your circle of friends and family. We will offer sample messages for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. with a picture if applicable. You may use our wording or your own.  Email Vice President of Communications and Brand Management, Jason Schriml, jschriml@somd.org



Special Olympics Maryland offers meaningful experiences to college students in a wide variety of academic programs.  Supervised by a highly experienced Special Olympics staff member, SOMD College Interns will complete projects directly linked to desired learning outcomes to their current curriculum.  SOMD College Interns will also compile a portfolio of work and reflections to capture their experience. This portfolio will serve as a useful resource in future interviews and jobs.   College Students seeking for-credit college internships should visit our Employment Page to view available positions.  Contact the Sr. Director of Volunteers, Jeff Abel (jabel@somd.org) for more information.


Matching Gifts for Volunteer Hours

Did you know that some companies offer matching gift donations in exchange for volunteer employee hours? Click here to see if your company participates.