Volunteers are the core and heart of Oregon Adaptive Sports. It takes on average, two volunteers to assist each instructor depending on the sport. As a volunteer you will come across exciting challenges, meet some cool people, learn and improve new outdoor skills, contribute to your community and have fun! Or perhaps you’d like to lend a hand in the office or at one of our many exciting outreach and fundraising events.
We are currently seeking enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers age 18 and up to help. We have many indoor and outdoor volunteer opportunities that may suit your passion, abilities and recreational interests. You can learn more on how you can get involved by attending a general volunteer orientation. Please visit our online calendar for orientation dates and other training opportunities or see below. RSVP is required.
Volunteering with OAS
Volunteering with OAS has many perks! Before working with our participants we would like to get to know you beforehand. All volunteers will be required to:
- Read our Volunteer Manual + Handbook and agree to comply with all information outlined.
- Submit an online Volunteer Application.
- Attend one of our orientations generally offered at the beginning of each season.
- Program volunteers will be expected to attend program operations trainings for the program they want to help with.
- i.e. For an instance, if you want to become an adaptive cycling volunteer, you are encouraged to attend a cycling specific training.
- Complete a National Background Check.
Overview on Volunteering with OAS
How did OAS become what it is today? What does volunteering with OAS look like? Get up to speed on our fancy terminology! This is the starting point for all volunteers, the basis of OAS. All volunteers must read and comply with information lined out in the attached manual (must have adobe reader to access).
On average, each instructor needs the support of 1-2 volunteers for a successful snow lesson. On Snow Assistants and works closely with an OAS Instructor. Each Assistant will follow directions given out by Instructor regarding support, comfort and guidance for student. Occasionally work independently as a “ski buddy” to more experienced adaptive skiers/riders without an Instructor.
Instructor will assume responsibility to one or two students as assigned by Program Director. Each Instructor will work closely with student(s) and provide guidance towards their skill development with the support of a trained OAS volunteer. The Instructor’s role is to teach a ski/snowboard lesson while facilitating independence.
Each month on average, OAS needs the support of 20 volunteers for successful outreach, program administration and fundraising efforts. Volunteer opportunities are communicated periodically via email with an online sign up. During functions volunteers will follow directions given out by OAS staff regarding tasks ranging from check-ins, database entry, maintenance of office space, helping with coordination of special events, capturing photographs, making videos, or doing outreach work at a local festival on behalf of OAS and more.
On average, each instructor needs the support of 1-2 volunteers for a successful summer lesson. Summer Assistants work closely with an OAS Instructor to handle equipment, aid the participant and join in on the fun activity. Each assistant will follow directions given out by Instructor regarding support, comfort and guidance for student. Occasionally, assistants work independently as a “buddy” to more experienced participants in the designated activity. Sports may range from paddling, road cycling, mountain biking, golf, climbing, yoga and hiking depending on your skill set.
If you are interested in volunteering with OAS, your first step is to fill out our volunteer application. Once you submit your application, an OAS representative will get in touch with you to discuss volunteer opportunities and trainings available.
Did your contact information change? Have you been out of touch for a while? This is merely a way of making sure we have the most updated contact information and are up to speed on your goals for this season!
All volunteers are subject to a background screening. Returning volunteers are also subject to background screening on regular intervals (appx. every 2 years). Results of your background screening may impact your ability to volunteer with OAS. Details on how to complete a background screening will be sent to volunteers after they are accepted into the program.
Volunteer Training and Support
*All NEW program volunteers must attend an OAS Orientation and a Program Operations Clinic for the given programs you want to volunteer in. (i.e. if you want to volunteer on a mountain biking lesson, you need to complete our mountain bike program operations clinic first). If one cannot make the necessary trainings, we may be able to accommodate on a case-by-case basis with make up training opportunities.
- New Summer Volunteer Orientation:
- Tuesday, May 23rd, 5:30 – 7 pm at OAS Warehouse
- 63025 OB Riley Road, Bend OR 97701
- Thursday, June 29, 9:30 – 11 am at Crows Feet Commons Cafe
- 875 NW Brooks St, Bend OR 97703
- If you missed our orientation but would still like to volunteer, please contact us!
- Tuesday, May 23rd, 5:30 – 7 pm at OAS Warehouse
Volunteers are encouraged to attend as many trainings as possible. These are advertised via email once you have completed your volunteer application.
New to working with individuals with disabilities? United Spinal Association has produced a guide on disability etiquette: http://www.unitedspinal.org/pdf/DisabilityEtiquette.pdf (must have Adobe Reader).
Have a skill or knowledge base you’d like to offer to other volunteers? Contact OAS staff to inquire about facilitating a training event.
OAS volunteers are the heart and core of our programs. See what volunteering on the hill during the winter with OAS may look like with this below video.
We are excited you are interested in joining our community!