Volunteering with Special Olympics creates change that carries forth from our Programs and into the world. Whether you participate for one day or for several years, you can make a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes and in their communities.

Get Involved!

Our athletes are clearly why we exist, but our volunteers are how we exist. Special Olympics Oregon would not be here today — and could not have been created — without the time, energy, commitment, and enthusiasm of its diverse volunteers.  More than 13,000 volunteers dedicate their time to help children and adults with intellectual disaiblities achieve their dreams!

Who Can Become a Volunteer?

Our volunteer base includes students, senior citizens, business groups, proffesional individuals, schools, civic organizations, families, amateur and professional athletes and coaches to name a few.  In other words - ANYONE CAN GET INVOVLED!  Here are a few of our volunteer roles ...

Volunteer Role



Day of Event


See the action up close.  Help assure a quality event by performing tasks associated with a sports competition or special event. morning and afternoon shifts ... about 4 hours in length


A Coach is a key figure in an athlete's life, providing the sports skills and spirit that define a true athlete. Coaches work directly with athletes to improve their skills in specific Special Olympics sports Participation is seasonal for each sport.  The usual commitment is two hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks and attending competitions.

Unified Partner

Unified Sports® involve people with and without intellectual disabilities, and they promote inclusion in sports and everyday life. As a Unified Partner you would train and compete on a team along with our athletes. Participation is seasonal for each sport.  The usual commitment is two hours per week for a minimum of eight weeks and attending competitions.

Part of a Local Program Team

Join the volunteers in your community that oversee all aspects of the Local Program including training, competition, fundraising, public relations, family involvement, financial responsibilities & administration. The commitment varies depending on your availability and the needs of the Local Program

Day of Event Volunteer Opportunities for the Summer

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 event" 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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