Volunteer with Oregon Adaptive Sports
Volunteers are the heart and core of Oregon Adaptive Sports. We welcome enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers age 18 and up to join our team. There are many program volunteer opportunities in 10 sports year round and a number of off-program volunteer opportunities working on events and office tasks. All volunteers are subject to a background screening.
Volunteer Program Assistant
Volunteer assistants work closely with an OAS instructor to handle equipment, aid the participant and join in on the activity. Assistants will follow the lead of an instructor to best support the student. Occasionally, assistants work independently as a “buddy” to more experienced participants in the designated activity.
Instructors are trained individuals, assigned to assume responsibility for a student, working closely with them to provide guidance towards their skill development with the support of volunteers. The Instructor’s role is to teach a lesson while facilitating independence. These are volunteers with significant experience and training.
Being on the mountain or the water not your thing? We still need you! Volunteer opportunities are communicated periodically via email with an online sign up. Off hill volunteers are crucial to the success of OAS and involve everything from being an ambassador for OAS at fun events, to helping out with office tasks and lots of little things in between.
1. Create account or update account
If you are a returning volunteer and haven’t created an account in our new system (launched May 2019), then please create an account. If you already have an account, please login and fill out a seasonal update form to let us know you are interested in volunteering this season. This form is available Oct 1 for winter and April 1 for summer.
2. Attend a returning volunteer training
In order to stay current on what’s new with OAS, we ask that all returning volunteers attend a returning volunteer training held in January/December or May/June. You can choose which kind of training you wish to attend, whatever personal skill development opportunity you want!
1. Read volunteer resources
Those wishing to volunteer should read the volunteer manual prior to filling out an application to ensure that volunteering is a good fit for them. We also encourage everyone to take a look at the handouts on disability etiquette and people first language, as they are a great resource for anyone.
2. Fill out a volunteer registration form
New to volunteering with Oregon Adaptive Sports? Fill out a registration form to give us information about you and your volunteer experience/interest. You will then be added to our training opportunities list serve and monthly newsletter.
3. Attend an orientation
All new volunteers must attend a 90 minute Intro to OAS orientation to learn about who we are, who we serve and what we do. Orientations for summer and winter are equivalent. Orientations are offered at the beginning of every season, and occasionally throughout the season as needed.
4. Attend program assist training (if you wish to volunteer on programs)
All individuals wishing to volunteer on programs are asked to attend a Winter or Summer Program assist training. This training goes over the fundamentals of how to be of help on an OAS program – no matter which sport you wish to participate in, and is different for winter and summer.