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 Become a Volunteer?

Our volunteer base includes students, senior citizens, business groups, professional individuals, civic organizations, and families to name a few. In other words, ANYONE CAN GET INVOLVED! There is no experience required; however, you must be at least 14 years of age. Volunteers under 14 can participate under the supervision of a parent, or guardian but will not be certified as Class A. All volunteers (except most day-of volunteers) participate in online orientations and trainings prior to working with our athletes.

​If you live in Lassen or Plumas county and are interested in volunteering, please click here for the appropriate volunteer application. Both counties compete in Nevada so your volunteer application will be maintained in their headquarters office. Directions for all other volunteers follow below.

What Type of Volunteer Are You?

There are two types of volunteers: Class A volunteers and Class B volunteers. The roles and volunteer registration process are different for Class A and Class B volunteers. For a more detailed look at types of volunteers and their duties, please click here.

Class A Volunteer:

The following are considered Class A Volunteers:
• Coach (most popular)
• Assistant Coach
• Unified Sports Partner
• Games Management Team (GMT)
• Medical
• Official

Class A Volunteers must complete an application, several online trainings and undergo a background check to receive Class A Certification.

Class B Volunteer (Day of Event):

The following is a list of possible day of event volunteer opportunities:
• Competition day of event – most popular role for new volunteers
• Corporate volunteerism at events
• Office support
• Fundraising/Committee member
• Outreach

Corporations wanting to have employees to serve as Class B Volunteers can contact Jennifer Marinopolus directly at JenniferM@sonc.org.

Individuals and community groups wanting to become Class B volunteers can contact volunteer@sonc.org.