March 28, 2013

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteer opportunities with Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country (ASPNC).

ASPNC is an organization that hosts a thriving community of fun, caring people all of whom enjoy sharing their love and passion for sports and recreation.  We welcome you!  If, after reviewing the information on Volunteer Opportunities, you wish to move forward with a volunteer commitment, please complete and return the forms in the New Volunteer Packet.  You can find the appropriate packet for adult or junior volunteers on our forms page.

Please do not hesitate to contact us by phone at 603.823.5232 or by e-mail with any questions or concerns. Thank you again for your interest in ASPNC.

We look forward to serving with you!

Sandy Olney
Executive Director

Activity Volunteer

An Activity Volunteer works directly with participants during their activity sessions.  There are a variety of ways an activity volunteer might choose to participate at ASPNC:

  • General

    • Description: As an activity volunteer you will help provide a variety of sports and recreation opportunities for our participants. (Skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, cycling, etc.)
    • Commitment: typically 10 or more days per season
    • Training requirements: ASPNC Open House, ASPNC Orientation, Background Check, Diversity Training, Paralympics Safe Sport Training, Special Olympics Protective Behavior Training, Youth in Sports Concussion Training, 2 indoor workshops and 4 outdoor hands-on sport specific trainings.
  • Seasonal Program volunteer or assistant

    • Description: You will help provide an 8 week sport and recreation opportunity for community participants. (Skiing, snowshoeing, kayaking, cycling, etc.)
    • Commitment: typically 8 days per season plus training
    • Training requirements: ASPNC Open House, ASPNC Orientation, Background Check, Diversity Training, Paralympics Safe Sport Training, Special Olympics Protective Behavior Training, Youth in Sports Concussion Training, 2 indoor workshops and 4 outdoor hands-on sport specific trainings.
  • Special Olympics coach or assistant coach or unified partner

    • Description: As a volunteer for our Special Olympic team you will help provide training in a variety of sports and attend Regional & State competitions with the athletes. Currently sports include: Skiing, snowshoeing, Softball, floor hockey, basketball & bocce.
    • Commitment: typically 6 days per sport season (one day a week for 6 weeks) & attendance at the competitions.
    • Training requirements: ASPNC Open House, ASPNC Orientation, Diversity Training, Paralympics Safe Sport Training, Special Olympics Protective Behavior Training, Youth in Sports Concussion Training, 2 indoor workshops and 4 outdoor hands-on sport specific trainings. Special Olympic Sport Specific Training,  and 2 hands-on sport specific trainings.
  • Single day volunteer “Sherpa”

    • Description: As a Sherpa or general activity helper, you will support an outing by helping with equipment or carrying additional supplies.
    • Commitment: on call throughout the year.
    • Recommended Training: ASPNC Open House, ASPNC Orientation, Background Check, Diversity Training, Paralympics Safe Sport Training, Special Olympics Protective Behavior Training, Youth in Sports Concussion Training, 2 indoor workshops and 4 outdoor hands-on sport specific trainings.
  • Single day Event Volunteer

    • Description: As a single day helper, you will support a fundraising or presentation event by helping at a booth or table.
    • Commitment: on call throughout the year.
    • Recommended Training: ASPNC Open House, ASPNC Orientation, Background Check, & Diversity Training. It is helpful to be knowledgeable regarding our organization, its mission and programs.

“Behind the Scenes” Volunteers

  • Description: There are many office and marketing related projects that we need help with. If you have organization and computer skills we can use your help!
  • Commitment: As needed throughout the year.
  • Recommended Training: ASPNC Open House, ASPNC Orientation, Background Check, & Diversity Training. It is helpful to be knowledgeable regarding our organization, its mission and programs.

Awareness and Outreach Volunteers

In this volunteer role you will assist the Executive Director in the areas of Development, Marketing and Communications.  Volunteers need to be professional, enthusiastic, and capable of working independently while maintaining a high degree of confidentiality.

  • Making presentations to local groups and organizations
  • Representing the ASPNC organization at local events (may work at an information booth)
  • Working on Fundraising or Marketing projects
  • Working on Communications projects

Volunteer Trainers and Presenters

As a volunteer in this role you will provide training to other volunteers in areas of your specific expertise.

Volunteers Way Behind the Scenes

  • Office — As an Office Volunteer you will help communicate with the public by answering phones and emails, assisting with mailings, copying, filing, data entry, bookkeeping, and procedure writing.  You will also assist in preparation of the information required for each day’s activity session.  Volunteers in this role need to be professional, enthusiastic, and capable of working independently while maintaining a high degree of confidentiality.
  • Equipment Transport — These volunteers transport large equipment and supplies to and from activity venue sites.
  • Equipment Maintenance — Volunteers are needed to help maintain the adaptive equipment in good operating condition so it’s ready for use with our participants.
  • Skilled and Unskilled Labor — We periodically need volunteers for such things as landscaping and carpentry.

Volunteering for ASPNC is an enjoyable and gratifying experience, but it also involves some responsibilities and training.  We have a set of expectations in order to assure the safety and successful experience of our participants and the viability of our organization.

  • A willingness to participate in activities with a diverse group of participants and fellow volunteers.
  • Attendance at a Volunteer Orientation and Diversity Training.
  • Activity volunteers must schedule and attend the required activity sport specific training. You also are encouraged to attend as many activity-specific training sessions as possible. These will be made available before and during each season.
  • Volunteers are encouraged to attend outside workshops or certification exams to increase their level of knowledge.
  • Some activities will require a minimum expectation for personal equipment. (skis & helmet, bike & helmet, etc)
  • It is important for all volunteers to participate in the annual “volunteer” fundraiser.
  • Volunteers will be asked to make time commitments at the beginning of each season (summer, fall, winter, spring). For example, you might be interested and available for participation in the Wednesday afternoon kayaking activity as well as the Friday morning hiking activity. It is understood that volunteers may be unable to attend every activity session; it is important to let the director know about these absences as soon as possible.
  • Each volunteer will receive a copy of the Volunteer Handbook”. It is important to be familiar with the contents of this handbook.
  • Volunteers will be required to submit to a criminal background check.
  • Volunteers will be required to take three online trainings – Special Olympics’ Protective Behaviors, Paralympic Sports’ Safe Sport and Youth in Sports Concussion Training.  All trainings are found on our Forms and Training Page.
  • Each month Volunteers will receive a request to report their Volunteer hours. Please submit your information to the office promptly.
  • Volunteers will need to complete all the forms on the checklist; returning them to ASPNC prior to training or participation in volunteer activities.

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