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Our athletes are clearly why we exist, but our volunteers are how we exist. YOU can make a difference in the lives of Special Olympics athletes and in your community!  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 disabilities achieve their dreams!

Here are a few of our volunteer roles ...


See the action up close.  Help assure a quality event by performing tasks associated with a sports competition or special event. SEE  BELOW


Coaches work directly with athletes to improve their skills in specific Special Olympics sports.


Unified Sports® involve people with and without intellectual disabilities. As a Unified Partner you would train and compete on a team along with our athletes.


Join the volunteers in your community that oversee all aspects of the Local Program in your area.


Day of Event Volunteer Opportunities!

Spend a few hours volunteering at one of our events! 

Have FUN and be INSPIRED!

Individuals can register to volunteer once the events are posted on-line.

GROUP OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE! Contact us for more info.  We'll reserve spots for your group to volunteer together!



& Dates

 Volunteer Opportunities  

Posted On-line

Sports Regionals: 

  Athletics, Bocce, Golf, Softball   

 Across the state 

May - June

Volunteer Now!

Summer State Games


July 8-9

Volunteer Now!

Rip City 3 on 3


July 29-30

Volunteer Now!

Bite of Oregon


Sept 1-4

July 10

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 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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