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.
What our volunteers have to say
I love to see the smile on my athletes faces after they have had a hard day of practice or won a match.
Through sports we give the individual opportunity to belong to a wider community and experience success through personal accomplishment. My advice is to learn how to see things through the outlook of the athletes and to remember our athletes will teach you about life.
Don’t be afraid, these athletes are like anyone and feel, laugh and compete like all of us. They truly matter and have purpose.
If you are thinking about volunteering, my advice is simply to help in any way you can. You are appreciated beyond words. And I cannot stress enough that I always get more out of volunteering than I put in!
My favorite part of being a part of this organization is the relationships I have formed. I have met many of my closest friends through Special Olympics. I met my husband through Special Olympics. I also love watching the athletes not only meet my expectations for them but exceed them. And watching how the lessons they learn through sports spread into their daily lives.
2020 hasn't been what ANY of us expected. We have done our best adapting our programming and our 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 from 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 great 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.
Do you have a different way that you want to give back? Let us know about it!
Looking to send some encouragement to 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.
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!
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!
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!