Become A Volunteer

Volunteer in North Carolina

Special Olympics North Carolina has training and events throughout the state year round. Volunteers are the heartbeat of our organization and help make Special Olympics possible. There is always something to do. Check out these volunteer opportunities.

“It is in giving oneself that one receives.”– Francis of Assisi

Class A Volunteers

Class A volunteers are volunteers serving in a leadership role with Special Olympics. This is any position of authority in Special Olympics including games management team members, coaches, chaperones, committee members, and anyone handling money on behalf of the organization. Class A volunteers must also complete the 15 minute online Protective Behaviors Training. They must also fill out a Volunteer Screening Form granting SONC permission to run a background check on them. If you are serving in a Class A volunteer role, please reach out to your local coordinator to get the Volunteer Screening Form!

We care about your privacy! Please read the SONC Volunteer Privacy Statement to see what we are doing to protect your vital information.

Have you signed up to volunteer at one of our events? If you signed up online look in your inbox for an email from or VolunteerLocal.    If you need to cancel please cancel your shift within the VolunteerLocal via the email address that you used to signup.

For in-house volunteers please track your time and project here.

Being familiar with your job as a volunteer will make you more effective, ensure a quality event for the athletes and make your experience more enjoyable and rewarding.  We appreciate your taking the time to review the provided materials.

Volunteer General Orientation

Volunteer Handbook

Watch the athletes tell you how to best work with them!

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Equestrian Tournament

Fall Tournament (Basketball, Bocce, Golf, Roller Skating, Soccer Skills, Soccer Team, Tennis)

Summer Games (Athletics, Bowling, Cycling, Gymnastics, Powerlifting, Softball Skills, Softball Team, Swimming, Volleyball)

Training Videos

Basketball Team Awards Training

Individual Awards Presentation Training

3-on-3 Basketball Officials Training

View Master Calendar

Volunteer Opportunities

The 2019 SONC Equestrian Tournament returns to Raleigh September 27-29. Join us as a volunteer throughout the weekend at James B. Hunt Horse Complex. Sign up here.

We have programs throughout the state with year-round programs.  These are a few of the upcoming events.

Each program has a local committee that assists the Local Program Coordinator in all of their program needs. Click here to see what opportunities are available or visit your local program's page.

Special Olympics North Carolina needs help throughout the year in our office and warehouse in the Raleigh area.  We handle data entry for newly registered athletes and volunteers.  We maintain a large warehouse with almost everything that you need for a sports event and use various items throughout the year so we need volunteers to keep it all in order.  Please signup online or email with questions.  We welcome groups of 4 or 5 to join us as well.

For information on coaching, volunteering at events, or getting involved with your local program, please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form! Volunteers will be added to our email database for information on future volunteer opportunities.