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. 

Polar Plunge and 5K Volunteer Opportunities

Help make a splash! There are 5 plunges across the state - in Bend, Medford, Corvallis, Eugene and Portland! You can help with set-up, pre-event registration and registering plungers on Plunge day!  Click on the above link to sign-up.  

Winter Sports Competitions Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all sports fans!  Come volunteer for the day at these Special Olympic sports:  basketball, powerlifting or snow sports.  Click on the above link to sign-up!   

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

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 Oppurtunities

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

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