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. 

Looking for something fun to do in August!  Volunteer at one of our Special Events  ...

  • Come scoop up some fun at the ice cream booth, let your personality shine as you greet guests at the gate, expose your inner artist as you paint tattoos in the kids area or experience lots of other exciting volunteer opportunities at the Bite of Oregon, Aug 8 - 10, 2014. Volunteers receive free admission and a T-shirt.

  • Volunteer have front row seats to exciting 3 on 3 basketball games as they keep score at Rip City 3 on 3, Aug 23-24, 2014.   - Volunteers receive a Rip City 3 on 3 T-shirt!

To find out more information about volunteering in specific areas.

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

With the launch of the “Our Games Are Always” campaign, we're reminding Oregonians that all year long, Special Olympics Oregon athletes are getting to live their dream. And because our games don't ever stop, neither does our need for support. Give today to keep the organization strong.

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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