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.

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, Cheerleading, 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 2018 SONC Equestrian Tournament needs you! Volunteers are needed to assist with competition, venue set-up and awards throughout the weekend of Sept. 28-30.  All volunteers who are serving a full-day shift will be given lunch.

Register online now!

Join us at our largest fundraiser of the year. We need volunteers to work in a variety of capacities while up to 100 individuals rappel down the Wells Fargo building in downtown Raleigh. Please select a shift where you can work the entire time. We will provide a T-Shirt and for those working 6 hours or more, we will also provide a meal.

Register online now!

Fall Tournament will be in the Charlotte area November 9-11.  We will have 6 sports and 2 special events with venues in Charlotte, Matthews and Indian Trail.

If you are interested in taking on a volunteer management role, please email If you have a group of 20 or more please complete this form detailing some of your interests.

General Registration will open in mid-September.  If you want to be sure to get an email when the registration is open please complete this form.

Special Olympics North Carolina needs help throughout the year in our office and warehouse.  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.

Each local 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.

Cabarrus County is looking for assistance at their Bocce Invitational on October 13th. Learn more here.

Mecklenburg County is actively looking for volunteers for their Fall Games. Check out the opportunities and sign up here.

Wake County is looking for volunteers for their Basketball Skills Competition this winter. Check out the shifts and sign up here.

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.

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