Volunteer with Us

We’re the largest local in BC with over 25 sports programs and 300 volunteers. 

Get Involved

Thank you for thinking of donating time to Special Olympics, and we are looking forward to welcoming you to our volunteer team. However, we do not have any coaching volunteer positions for the summer and are in the process of booking fall programs to start October 1st. If you would like to be contacted for opportunities in the fall or are interested in a volunteer administrative role, then please:

Download the Volunteer Form, complete it and email it with your resume to our Volunteer Coordinator.

Please email our Volunteer Coordinator if you have any questions or need more information about volunteering or the application process.


1. Can I miss any practices?

A: Our athletes form a strong bond with all of our coaches, and the Head Coaches of every program depend on you to run weekly practices. With that being said, if you need to take a day off, please inform the Head Coach as early as possible so that they can plan adequately in advance. We require 85% minimum attendance for references.

2. Do I need to be an expert in the sport that I coach?

A: While we love to have coaches who are experts in their field, most of our athletes practice at an introductory level. This means that encouragement is key for our athletes and we appreciate volunteers who are enthusiastic and patient. You only need a basic understanding of the sport that you coach, and we will provide additional training (e.g. NCCP) as needed. There is also a Head Coach at every program to guide you through the practice.

3. Where are the programs? What if I don’t live in Vancouver?

A: Many of our volunteers live in other areas of the lower mainland but work and study in Vancouver, and so they plan their volunteer programs to be after work or school. However, if you’d like to volunteer for your specific city, you can find contacts here.

Any other questions please contact our Volunteer Coordinator. Thank you, and we hope to have you join our amazing team!

Volunteer Resources

Special Olympics BC - Vancouver

In 1980, Special Olympics BC (SOBC) was established as an accredited chapter of Special Olympics Canada. In 1982 the Vancouver Local was formed as part. SOBC – Vancouver offers over 30 programs across 23 different sites, which are athlete-centered, coach-driven and administratively-assisted. Moreover, our local is entirely run by over 100 dedicated volunteers.



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