How Do I Become a Special Olympics Pennsylvania (SOPA) Volunteer?


Fill out a volunteer application on the Special Olympics Volunteer Registration Website and when finished, click “Submit” at the bottom of your volunteer application.

Class B Volunteers – Congratulations!  You have completed the application process. 

Class A Volunteers – Please continue with the following steps to complete your background checks and the following online training modules:

    • General Orientation
    • Concussion Training
    • Protective Behaviors Training


When you click ‘Submit’, you will be taken to a new webpage to continue the registration process (required trainings, etc.).

Download, complete and sign the PA State Disclosure form and submit it by any ONE of the following two ways:

Submit directly to the state

  • Upload a photo-copy of the signed file into your SOPA profile as instructed on the web site i.e. “browse” for the file, select it, and click “Submit”. 



Submit to Area P Volunteer Coordinator

Submit a photo-copy of the signed disclosure form to the Area P Volunteer Coordinator:

        • Name: Kim Emmet
        • Email:
        • Fax: 570-253-0192
        • Cell phone/text: 570-220-6594

NOTE: As noted on the Disclosure Statement, if you have not lived consecutively in PA for the past 10 years, an additional FBI Fingerprint Criminal History Record is required by law. 

Visit the link below to find locations to support this requirement: and use code: 1KG6ZJ


Check your email for a message from This email will have a link to the Sterling Volunteers website, where you will need to complete the PA State Police and National Background check.


After clicking “Submit order” on your background check in Sterling Volunteers, you will immediately be provided with a red pre-paid authorization code that you need to write down or save, and a link to the PA Compass website, where you will complete the PA Child Neglect/Abuse Registry Check. Click here for a step-by-step user guide to completing this clearance.


Click the link to the PA Compass site to complete the PA Neglect/Abuse registry check. On the ‘Application Payment’ page, enter the red pre-paid authorization code you received from Sterling Volunteers in step 4.

If you have any questions or need assistance with completing this clearance or using your code, please contact the help desk at Verified Volunteers:


Phone: 855-326-1860, ext. 3


When your background checks have been completed, you will receive a notification email from Throughout the process, you can confirm your status by signing into your SOPA profile. Please reach out to your local program volunteer coordinator for more information about beginning your Special Olympics of PA volunteer experience!