Our energetic and dedicated volunteers are of all ages and skill levels, including students, senior citizens, business people, family members of athletes, amateur and professional athletes and coaches, Chicago civic leaders, teachers, and others. Volunteers fill a wide variety of roles for Special Olympics. We invite you to share in the Special Olympics experience and create lifetime friendships and rewards of immeasurable value. Take pride in knowing that you are an important part of a program that offers opportunities to athletes with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics Chicago would not exist today without the time, energy, dedication, and commitment of hundreds of volunteers throughout the city.



We need your help!

We are looking for volunteers to help at this year’s BTN Big 10K on July 10! We are a charity partner for this year’s race, and we are looking for people to help us make it a success! All volunteers will receive a complimentary t-shirt! The registration deadline is Monday, July 4, so sign up to be a part of this fun event and help support our athletes!

Chicago Polar Plunge – The Chicago Polar Plunge is an iconic and “cool” fundraiser that impact our thousands of superstar athletes, and is also one of the largest and most successful community events in the nation. With that being said, we are always needing eager volunteers like you to help make the event run smoothly and effectively!

Fundraising Events – We host many special events throughout the year and volunteers help us make them successful. These events are always fun and volunteering is a great way to get involved with our program and support our athletes.

Athletic Events – If you have a large group of volunteers from a company or other organization interested in volunteering at sporting events we will get you in touch with our contact at the Special Recreation Program – Chicago Park District who can share with you upcoming competitions that we are in need of volunteers! If you live outside the Chicago area, you can contact Special Olympics Illinois for a fit that might be more convenient for you. 

Office Support – Depending on the time of the year, our office can use some extra hands in various roles! Some projects can include: race day volunteers, inventory organization, addressing and stuffing envelopes, string credentials, fundraising calls, excel work, grassroots projects etc. If you are looking for service hours, our staff will be able to assist with the paperwork for you. 

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