Volunteer Program

2 BGSU Football Players and 2 Special Olympic Athletes play a game of Uno around a picnic table on Wood Lane Campus.


Volunteers are vital in supporting people with developmental disabilities as they participate in and enjoy a variety of activities in our community.  Our volunteers generously assist in enhancing our programs. While coming from diverse backgrounds, the characteristics that define and unite our volunteers are empathy, compassion, and the desire to help others.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering with the Wood County Board of DD can be a very rewarding experience. It will give you the opportunity to explore a career area, A volunteer holds a rock and describes it to a person receiving Wood County Board of DD servicesmeet new people, empower others and share your natural gifts and talents to make a difference in someone’s life. We have a variety of volunteer opportunities including  Special Olympics (Webpage), Wood Lane School (Webpage), Recreation (Webpage) and more!

Get Started

If you have a desire to support people with physical and intellectual disabilities, we’d love to have you as a volunteer! You must be 16 years old or older and complete the required training, background check, and fingerprinting. Our Community Engagement Specialist Emily Dunipace will provide orientations to help prepare you for your time at Wood County Board of DD!

Special Olympic Golfers pose with Volunteers for a picture at State Games. To get started you’ll need to take three easy steps:

1. Fill out our Online Application (Webpage) 
2. Register with our Volunteer Information System (Cervis Portal). 
3. Contact Emily (419-373-0044, edunipace@woodcountydd.org ) to schedule your volunteer orientation. We’ll also provide the background check and fingerprinting at this time free of cost.