Volunteer

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Thank you for your interest in volunteering! Volunteers are the foundation of Special Olympics Missouri. We depend on thousands of volunteers to help coach, conduct events and serve on organizational and fundraising committees. The efforts of a volunteer provide opportunities to children and adults with intellectual disabilities, who, if given the chance, can participate and excel in sports and life.

Volunteer Virtually

2020 hasn't been what ANY of us expected. Special Olympics Missouri has done its best adapting its programming and its competitions to still reach the athletes we serve throughout the state. However, when we cancelled most of our competitions for the year, we also lost contact with our biggest fans -- our volunteers! 

You can still support our Special Olympics Missouri athletes form the comfort of your home. We've had to give up a lot to help stop the spread of coronavirus, but one thing you don't need to give up is volunteering. Volunteering from home is a greay way to spend some of your time during social isolation and it's much needed. No matter what your skillsets and passions are, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer from the comfort of your own home.


Cards/notes to athletes

Looking to send some encouragement from athletes while we’re all at home? Write as many notes as you'd like and then once you’re done, send them to our office at 305 Special Olympics Drive, Jefferson City, MO 65101, where we will address and send them out to the athletes.

Notes could include messages of encouragement, drawings, your favorite Special Olympics memory, what you miss about events, what event you’re looking forward to when we return. Sign up!
 

Fundraising

This volunteer opportunity will help with local fundraising events such as Polar Plunge, Drive It Home Raffle or other local events.  SOMO will put you in touch with the area development staff to assist with them with upcoming events. Sign up!

#SOMOatHome programming

Starting in March 2020, as a response to the coronavirus outbreak around the world, Special Olympics Missouri created a series of programming options for athletes, coaches, and volunteers to take part in from the safety of their homes. The program, called #SOMOAtHome, includes health & wellness exercises/lessons, as well as leadership and life skills courses. Do you have a passion/hobby you can share with our athletes by teaching a 10-15 minute virtual session? It could be ANYTHING (arts and crafts, outdoor skills, workouts, nutrition, personal finances, leadership, life skills, sports skills, and much more). Sign up!

Volunteer Biographer

Do you love to write? Become a journalist/writer for SOMO! This opportunity involves interviewing one of our athletes or longtime volunteers and writing a short feature article about their experience with Special Olympics Missouri.  A template of questions will be provided or you can feel free to come up with your own! Interviews can be conducted via phone or email which we will assist in setting up. Use the responses you receive to draft the article. Sign up!

Other

Do you have a skill that you would like to share with Special Olympics Missouri? Send us your idea on how you can help!

To sign up for these volunteer opportunities, fill out our online form today!

 

What to expect as a SOMO volunteer

Before volunteering at one of our events, take the time to watch this video where athletes, coaches, Unified Partners and volunteers will tell you what you need to know before you show up on event day!

 

"I was hooked after volunteering at my first event. It is so impressive to see how talented these athletes are and it's very encouraging to witness their attitude. All athletes try hard, they are so genuinely happy, and they encourage every person in the room. Honestly, we can learn a lot from this organization and these athletes."
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If you would like more information regarding other volunteer opportunities, contact your area office:
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No time to spare? Please consider a donation to help an aspiring athlete fulfill their potential and dreams. Click here to make an online donation.