Become a Volunteer

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"I promise to give of the time in my life, so that Special Olympics athletes can have the time of their lives. I promise to support Special Olympics not just as an expression of charity, but as a form of respect for my fellow human beings. I promise to spread the word of volunteerism because in giving, I receive so much more in return." - Volunteer Oath


Get Involved!

Special Olympics Northern California would not exist today and could not have been created without the time, energy, and dedication of thousands of volunteers. More than 18,000 volunteers dedicate their time to help children and adults with intellectual disabilities achieve their dreams. On behalf of the athletes we serve, thank you for your interest.


Who Can Volunteer?

In a word, ANYONE can get involved! Special Olympics volunteers include students, retirees, business groups, professional individuals, civic organizations, and families to name a few. Experience is not required; however, you must be at least 10 years of age. Volunteers ages 10-13 can participate under the supervision of a parent or guardian.

​If you live in Nevada, or Lassen or Plumas counties in California, please click here for the appropriate volunteer information. Both counties compete in Nevada and volunteers are coordinated by Special Olympics Nevada. 


What Type of Volunteer Are You?

SONC has two types of volunteers: Registered volunteers and day-of-event volunteers.

Registered Volunteer Opportunities (age 14 or older):

• Coach

• Assistant Coach

• Games/Event Management Team

• Medical

• Fundraising

• Office support

• Unified Sports Partner



Day-of-Event Volunteer Opportunities (age 10 or older):

This is a great way for corporations and community groups to volunteer!

• Competitions – most popular role for new volunteers

  -Volunteer roles include set up, timing, scorekeeping, athlete escort, awards and clean up.

• Corporate volunteers at competitions or events – Contact Amber Walker at

• Fundraising events

• Competition official

Volunteer FAQs

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