Volunteering with Special Olympics creates change that carries forth from our Programs and into the world. Whether you’re an individual or a member of a school, church, work, civic, or other group; whether you can volunteer for just a few hours on a single day as a scorekeeper, or several hours a week, year-round, as a special-events coordinator, there are volunteer opportunities for you.
Our athletes are clearly why we exist, but our volunteers are how we exist. Special Olympics would not be here today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment, and enthusiasm of its diverse volunteers. We have 8,000 volunteers that provide 70,000 hours of service every year! These volunteers serve as coaches, officials, committee members, competition assistants, and much more. Whether they participate for one day or for several years, volunteers make a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes and in their communities.
Volunteer opportunities abound this Summer! Come out and have some fun and help us change lives through the power of sport! Click on the links to sign-up!
Summer Regional Sports Competitions - Volunteer to help with bocce, golf, softball and/or track & field competitions in the month of June - in Eugene, Grants Pass, Medford and Portland Metro Area.
Summer State Games are July 11-12 in Newberg. Volunteer to help with sports competitions, healthy athletes, dinner or recreational activities.
Rip City 3 on 3 is July 25-26 at The Rose Quarter. This is the second annual - bigger and better! Volunteers will keep score for the games and help with logistics.
The Bite of Oregon is August 7 - 9 at Waterfront Park. Volunteers scoop ice cream, greet guests at the gates and many other fun positions! It's a great way to get outdoors, sample great food & beverages and enjoy good music!
To find out more information about volunteering in specific areas, click on the links at the bottom of the page.
Helpful Hints About Volunteering
Volunteer Screening Process
General Orientation Training and Quiz
Protective Behaviors Training and Quiz
Concussion Education Training and Quiz