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 to help with the POLAR PLUNGE!   Opportunities include five different cities ... set up ... pre-event and event registration!  ... Or ... Help in the Portland Office to process the funds raised!

Volunteer for the CLASSIC WINES AUCTION!  Classic Wines Auction is an event that raises funds for local children and family charities.  Funds are distributed to six benefiting charity partners including Special Olympics Oregon.  As part of our partnership - we provide volunteers to help with the event.  We have four different volunteer positions to choose from!

Volunteer for WINTER SPORTS COMPETITIONS!  Be up close to the action - helping at a competition for basketball, powerlifting or snow sports!  Held at various locations around the state.

To find out more information about volunteering in specific areas, click on the links at the bottom of the page.

QUESTIONS:   Contact us at volunteer@soor.org



Volunteer FAQ

Helpful Hints About Volunteering

Volunteer Screening Process


You will receive instructions to complete the trainings below once your Class A Volunteer Application is submitted.

If you're signing up as a "day of" volunteer for an event you do not need to complete these trainings.

General Orientation Training and Quiz

Protective Behaviors Training and Quiz

Concussion Education Training and Quiz


Local Programs

Special Olympics Oregon has 29 Local Programs across the state. Learn more about getting involved in your area.

Sports Competitions

Special Olympics Oregon has three sports seasons. Volunteering at a competition is a guaranteed rewarding and inspirational experience.

Fundraising Events

Want to help out at this year's Bite of Oregon, Polar Plunge, Rip City 3-on-3, Governors' Gold Awards and more?

Other Opportunities

Here are some other opportunities that Special Olympics Oregon offfers for our amazing volunteers.

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