Volunteering with Special Olympics New York

National Volunteer Month may be ending, but that shouldn’t stop you from volunteering with Special Olympics New York. It’s one of the best decisions you’ll ever make!

Our organization isn’t just about helping our athletes realize their potential—it’s about showing their skill to communities all around the state. As a volunteer, you’ll get to see that impact up close. Plus, you’ll make lifelong friendships along the way.

“I started as a day-of volunteer, unaware of just how much Special Olympics would inspire me and change my life for the better,” says Jill Warner of the Capital District Region. “Volunteers across the state come back year after year because working with the athletes really gives our lives a sense of purpose and community. If you’re considering becoming a volunteer, I can attest that not only will you not regret it, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner!”

Special Olympics New York has many opportunities to get involved. Here are a few favorites.

  • State Games: Our State Games cap off our three sports seasons, and they’re the highest level of completion offered in New York State. We over a variety of volunteer jobs, from set up and breakdown to officiating, scorekeeping, and photography.
  • Regional Competitions: For those who want to volunteer in their own backyards, we’ve got year-round local competitions in every corner of the state.
  • Impact Club: Want to join our movement from the comfort of your own home? Members of the volunteer Impact Club support our athletes by fulfilling needed tasks on our behalf.
  • Healthy Athletes: Did you know Special Olympics offers free health screenings for athletes at all major events? If you’re a medical professional, this is the job for you.
  • Coaching: The ultimate volunteer job is working directly with our athletes as a coach or sports assistant in one of our 22 sports. The commitment per season is at least two hours per week for practices, plus travel to Regional and State Games.

Volunteering for Special Olympics NY is a transformative experience that offers countless rewards, both for athletes and volunteers.

Ready to get started? Volunteer here!