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Become a Volunteer
As coaches, officials, trainers, directors, and other important contributors, our volunteers energize our programs and, in return, gain their own rewarding experiences. They are how we exist.
Volunteer opportunities are available all the time and all year-round, and are open to everyone's abilities, interests and schedules. Join our current force of 15,000 volunteers in Northern California, and make a difference. Read our Volunteer Information Guide for information on volunteering. Have a look at the volunteer opportunities below and find the right one for you.
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.
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Volunteer Opportunities — What Type of Volunteer are You?
Class A Volunteer
A Class A Volunteer is a long-term volunteer who has close physical contact with athletes on a regular basis, is in a position of authority or supervision over athletes, is in a position of trust for athletes, or who handles large sums of money for Special Olympics.
A Class A Volunteer must complete a Volunteer and Unified Partner Application form, complete the Online Volunteer General Orientation, complete the Online Protective Behaviors Test, show a valid Photo Identification and pass the Criminal Background Check. Minors are not required to take the Online Protective Behaviors Test and are not subject to a Criminal Background Check. Once all of the steps have been completed a confirmation letter will be sent with contact information. Opportunities include: Coaching, Unified Partner, Competitions, Event Management, Fundraising, Administrative Support and Public Relations.
Class B Volunteer
A Class B volunteer is a short-term volunteer who supports the organization on an as needed basis. Typically Class B volunteers help out at competitions. Class B Volunteers must pre-register and receive confirmation before coming to an event to volunteer. Opportunities include: Competitions, Fundraising events and Administrative Support.
Class A Volunteer Opportunities:
Coaching — Work directly with athletes to improve their skills in specific Special Olympics sports. Participation is seasonal for each sport. The commitment time ranges from 2-4 hours per week.
Unified Partner — An individual without an intellectual disability that partners with a Special Olympics athlete to train and compete on the same sports team.
Competitions & Event Management — Work with Competitions & Event Management committees to plan and manage competition and competition-related special events. Commitment begins 4-6 months before competition or event date. Specific hours will vary with position.
Fundraising — Plan and/or implement activities to raise funds and get in-kind support. Commitment ranges from 3-4 hours for a single event to 1 year as a committee member.
Administrative Support — Performs tasks associated with supporting administrative and program functions. Generally, 4 pre-scheduled hours per week.
Public Relations — Prepare and/or convey information about Special Olympics to various media outlets. Commitment ranges from a few hours for one specific activity to a year-long commitment as a committee member.
Get Started — Apply to be a Class A Volunteer/Volunteer Renewal
- Join the Special Olympics Northern California website!
- Fill out the Volunteer and Unified Partner Application form. PLEASE REMEMBER TO SIGN THE APPLICATION. APPLICATIONS CANNOT BE PROCESSED WITHOUT THE PROPER SIGNATURE.
- Complete the Online Volunteer General Orientation (not required for Renewal)
- Complete the Online Protective Behaviors Training Program. Please note, before you click on the Online Protective Behaviors Training, complete the entire Volunteer and Unified Partner Application form and print out a copy.
- Mail in the Volunteer Application with a copy of your state ID or driver's license to Special Olympics Northern California.
- Please submit ALL materials to:
Attn: Wendy Bojin-Liston
Special Olympics Northern California
3480 Buskirk Avenue, #340
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523
Class B Volunteer Opportunities
Competitions: Perform short-term tasks associated with conducting competitions. Tasks might include timekeeping, score keeping, escorting athletes, meals preparation, awards and cheering. Commitment includes 4-8 hour shifts, one or more days each year.
Medical — Provide basic first aid at competitions. Please note that this category requires medical training and certification. Commit to 4-8 hour shifts one or more days of the year.
Fundraising: Plan and/or implement activities to raise funds and get in-kind support. Commitment ranges from 3-4 hours for a single event to 1 year as a committee member.
Administrative Support: Performs tasks associated with supporting administrative and program functions. Generally, 4 pre-scheduled hours per week.
Get Started – Apply to be a Class B Volunteer
- Join the Special Olympics Northern California website
- Or, log-in to the Special Olympics Northern California website.
- Contact your county program.
Not sure who to contact or need more information? Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and the appropriate person will contact you.