Special Olympics New York has long attracted volunteers from all walks of life. In 2014, more than 35,672 volunteers donated their time and talents to the programs and athletes of Special Olympics New York!! Join the fun!

We have two main types of volunteers:

Service Volunteers: The hands-on ‘Doer’s’  An individual or group who is willing to commit and dedicate their day to the athletes and willing to do the job needed of them. These jobs can include, but are not limited to: set up, athlete escorts, stagers, timers, scorekeeping and etc.

Social Volunteers: The FANS! An individual or group that would like the volunteer role of our cheering section for our athletes ~ Volunteer to Cheer! This is a very important role, as many athletes travel far and do not always have the opportunity for their families to attend and cheer them on. Fan stations are made available at most events for you to make a sign or banner to add to the fun!

No matter which role you choose we encourage you to attend the competitions and light the fire within these champions to give them that extra boost of encouragement to go for the gold!

Please watch the instructional videos below to get to know our volunteering process:

Introduction from Athlete Tommy Mooney

What is a Social Volunteer vs. a Service Volunteer?

How to be a Service Volunteer as a Group

How to be an Individual Volunteer

Helpful Hints for Volunteers


Volunteer Captains: what they are and how to become one


Who can volunteer?
Individuals, groups or families – anyone can volunteer. There is a place for volunteers of all ages, abilities and interests. No matter how much or how little time you have to give, when you volunteer, you will be making a difference in the lives of our athletes. More importantly, you’ll find that you get more out of your volunteer experience than you give.

What does a volunteer do?
Volunteers can coach athletes, raise money, coordinate events, provide office support, volunteer at one-day events, serve on local program committees, help with sport development and so much more.

Where can I volunteer?
You can volunteer in your local community year-round. You can also volunteer at one of our three state-level events: Winter Games, Summer Games and Fall Games.

Because there are so many programs, services and opportunities across the state, we’re sure you’ll find something to suit your interests and availability. For more information, please click this link to find your community.

Thank you and have a great time!!

PDF Download Resources:

Special Olympics Volunteer Code of Conduct

Tips for Volunteering

Volunteer Helpful Hints