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.
Thank you to our sports enthusiasts who volunteered at the basketball and powerlifting competitions in the Portland Metro area, Turner and Corvallis! You were a big part of making each competition a huge success!
Volunteer opportunities abound this Summer! Check back mid-April for updates about volunteering at these fun events:
Regional Competitions for Summer Sports (bocce, golf, softball and track & field) in the month of June - in the Portland Metro area, Eugene, Grants Pass and Medford.
Summer State Games, July 11-12 in Newberg.
Rip City 3 on 3, July 25-26 at The Rose Quarter.
The Bite of Oregon, August 7 - 9 at Waterfront Park.
To find out more information about volunteering in specific areas, click on the links at the bottom of the page.
Helpful Hints About Volunteering
Volunteer Screening Process
General Orientation Training and Quiz
Protective Behaviors Training and Quiz
Concussion Education Training and Quiz