Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival! Please make sure to read through the various opportunities that are available to you as a volunteer. We will do our best to accommodate every volunteering request on a first come, first serve basis.
For Villanova students, faculty, and staff, please contact our On-Campus Volunteers committee at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
For all other volunteers, please contact our Off-Campus Volunteers committee at email@example.com.
Facilities volunteers help with equipment delivery and set-up at competition venues and events. From soccer balls to tables and chairs, they ensure that each venue is prepared for the day’s events.
Since officially launching in 1997 as a Special Olympics program, Healthy Athletes has grown to provide a multitude of health screenings for Special Olympics athletes. Healthy Athletes strives to improve athletes' ability to train and compete in Special Olympics competitions. Healthy Athletes volunteers help to run a health clinic on Saturday of Fall Festival.
Competition volunteers cheer on the athletes, keep score and time, act as flag/line judges, and fulfill any necessary sport-specific roles.
Special Olympics is looking for Security volunteers who are dependable and flexible with time and duties. CPR certification is preferable. Volunteers will be responsible for monitoring competition for unsafe situations and work closely with Medical volunteers to ensure the safety and well-being of all athletes. Volunteers looking for a fun enjoyable atmosphere coupled with rewarding service should not miss out on this opportunity!
Food is an integral part of Fall Festival. Each year, we provide food to over 1,500 athletes and guests. Some of the possible volunteering options include serving food and checking credentials at the entrance of the dining halls. This is a great opportunity to interact with the athletes outside of competition. Join the food crew!
Our Special Volunteer Opportunities are tailored to the needs of unique populations and/or require specialized skills to volunteer. Please read this information carefully and contact the appropriate committee for more information.
The medical volunteer plays an important role in ensuring the safety of the athletes at the Fall Festival. Medical volunteers are stationed at each competition venue and are responsible for attending to minor injuries an athlete sustains, which typically includes administering bandages and ice packs for cuts or bruises. Medical volunteers also are expected to notify the medical committee via radio of any incidents of major injury so that EMS support can be dispatched. Medical volunteers are required to be CPR certified.
Housing needs 80-100 volunteers over the course of the weekend. We need two types of volunteers for all of the hotels on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night: medical and security. Security volunteers will conduct patrols throughout the night and ensure that the athletes are safe, while medical volunteers are expected to be CPR and First Aid certified. Volunteers will get free rooming, snacks, and a volunteer t-shirt as well as transportation to and from their hotels. Also, volunteers can commit to one, two, or all three nights. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the Fall Festival and spend a fun night off campus at a hotel with friends!
The following volunteer opportunities are open to Villanova students only and required an application process.
Local Program Hosts (LPH)
Exclusively for Villanova freshmen, this program provides 80 selected students an extensive experience with the Villanova Special Olympics program. LPHs are assigned to a specific county for Fall Festival weekend. The LPHs cheer on the athletes, eat meals with teams, and serve as ambassadors for Villanova.
LPHs attend weekly Tuesday night meetings from September to the Fall Festival. The meetings are designed to bond the LPHs as well as educate them about the mission and ideals of Special Olympics. The LPH program originated at Villanova University and, due to its success, has now been adopted by Special Olympics on a national level.
Again, this is a freshman-only opportunity! Click here to learn more about the LPH program.
Volunteer Coordinators (VC)
This position is a unique volunteer opportunity available to rising sophomore, junior, and senior students who wish to dedicate more than just one weekend of their time to the Fall Festival. Volunteer Coordinators become involved in planning the festival, serving as a bridge between the student Committee and thousands of volunteers.
Approximately 35 students will help various competition venues throughout the weekend by coordinating volunteers and ensuring that the competitions run smoothly. The selection process takes place in early September, with weekly meetings on Thursday nights at 7:30. The weekly meetings are used to prepare VCs for their specific roles during the festival.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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“The Special Olympics Pennsylvania Fall Festival is unlike any other event at Villanova. With great reason, athletes, volunteers, and students alike regularly remark that Fall Festival is their favorite weekend of the year. Nothing else unites our campus with as much enthusiasm, and nothing makes Villanova as wonderful as experiencing the athletes’ excitement, sportsmanship, and joy.”
–Paul Insley, ’14
2013 Director of Competition