You make a difference. You are the difference.
Special Olympics would not exist today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment and enthusiasm of people just like you, thousands of individuals who choose to take a little time from busy schedules to make the world a better place.
Around the world, there is a growing hunger for civic engagement and belonging. It's about transforming lives, including your own. It’s about a spirit of giving and teamwork. It's about making your community and neighborhood a more welcoming and accepting place.
And it’s about creating lifelong friendships and a new way of thinking about others. Those are rewards of immeasurable value.
Here are a few ways people in the community have gotten involved with our local programs:
BB&T Bank: Came unboard to host our annual bowling tournament in May 2016. Volunteers greeted athletes, manned the monitors and filled the bowling alley with energetic hoopla and high fives during the competition. In addition, they provided food, drinks, medals and dessert!! Thanks you BB&T!
Walmart Distribution Center: Each year employees from Walmart DC help to decorate Expo Hall for the annual Christmas Dinner Dance at Expo, bringing with them handmade favors that they deligently worked on for weeks in their break room. In addition, employees run the NW section Bocce tournament at Wilson High School, and scrimmage with the volleyball, basketball and softball teams to give them added opportunities for practice for competitions and better their skills. Walmart DC generously donated $5,000 for the manhours they gave to Special Olympics this past year. You are are heros....thank you for your much needed financial support!
Waynesboro Moose #1309: sponsors the Annual Invitational Softball Skills tournament each Spring at their Lodge . Volunteers help to run the competition, provide lunch for the athletes and give out awards! In addition, they generously donate $2,000 to our program each year. We are so thankful your continuous support over the years!
Staunton Eagles #608: In May, members of the lodge host an annual Special Needs, fun-filled day of fishing at Camp 10, followed by a great lunch and awards. In October, members host an annual Special Needs Halloween Party, complete with a costume contest, lunch and a dance! The Eagle's have faithly donated to our program for YEARS! Thanks to all for your continuous support and believing in our program!!
Shamrock Farms is on their second year of scrimmaging with our volleyball team and and basketball teams!! They bring some tasty drinks along to keep us hydrated!!! Thanks Shamrock!
Dominos Pizza is always there when we need them! All we need to do is ask! A very special thanks to Ray and Heather for providing us with new competition for shirts for our teams this year!!
To become a volunteer (or become re-certified every 3 years) you must complete one of the following applications and the 2 online classes:
1. Volunteer Class A Adult Application:
or Volunteer Class A Minor Application (under 18 years of age):
2. Online Protective behaviors course:
Certificate will be automatically submitted. Feel free to print it and send it as well to be on the safe side!
3. Online Concussions Course:
IMPORTANT!!! Print or save the certificate at the end!Mail your volunteer application and your concussion certificate to: Tammy Cale, SOVA5-Area 5, P.O. Box 1381, Waynesboro, VA 22980 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
4. Background check: Once these are submitted, you will get an email from "Sterling Volunteers" with directions for the background check. You will be notified by email, when you are good to go! Applications and courses need to be updated every 3 years. If you have questions, please call!