Become a Volunteer
Help us put one more person with intellectual disabilities on track to a better, healthier life.
Day-of-Event VolunteersThis is by far our most popular way of volunteering. It gives those with limited time or who are new to Special Olympics a way to volunteer without making more than a one day commitment. There are day of event opportunities inside of a sports environment (at a competition) or beyond a sports environment (at a fundraising or outreach event).
Inside of Sports
Volunteer on a regular basis inside sports environment. Coach or support athletes or help competitions come to life! If you have the enthusiasm, compassion, and skill to serve our athletes, these roles might be right for you!
Beyond SportsVolunteer on a regular basis outside a sports environment. Help us plan fundraising events, provide administrative support at one of our offices, serve on a local leadership team, provide marketing and communications support, and move our mission forward in many other ways.
If you’re an enthusiastic self-starter who works independently and you have excellent organizational and communication skills, join the Special Olympics team as an intern. Internships are available across many departments throughout Southern California. Some of the internships offered include marketing & communications, special events, volunteer management, and more.
View Volunteer Opportunities
Click on the area you want to volunteer in to view current opportunities and register to volunteer, become an intern, and/or become a coach online!
All of Los Angeles County
Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego Counties
Kern, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties
MEET OUR VOLUNTEERS
Meet Special Olympics Southern California school volunteer Mark Chiljian who is a teacher at Mission Viejo High School.