Volunteer FAQs 

1. What are the age requirements to volunteer with Special Olympics Washington?
Youth volunteers between ages 11 – 13 may volunteer with a parent or adult guardian. Teen volunteers between ages 14 – 17 may volunteer in select roles. Sky’s the limit for folks that are 18+!

2. I am looking to organize a group to volunteer together, how should I go about organizing this?
We love groups of volunteers/have lots of opportunities that make great team-building events! Complete our interest form (SpecialOlympicsWashington.org/volunteer-interest-form) or feel free to reach out to us directly at volunteer@sowa.org.

3. How do I find out if my company matches my volunteer hours?
Many companies will match the hours you volunteer with a financial contribution to an organization. To see if your organization participates and for more information, click here!

4. How should I register to volunteer at a Special Olympics Washington event in my area?
Create an account within our volunteer registration system to sign up and manage your volunteer registrations.

5. I am looking for an ongoing volunteer role in my area, what are my next steps? 
Complete our interest form (SpecialOlympicsWashington.org/volunteer-interest-form) or feel free to reach out to us directly at volunteer@sowa.org.

6. What is the difference between a Class A and Class B volunteer? 
Class A volunteers are typically in close contact with athletes and/or handle money (merchandise, fundraisers. These types of roles require background check as well as additional training. Class B volunteers do not require a background check, with some requiring additional training.

7. Does Special Olympics Washington verify volunteer hours?
Yes! Feel free to send any verification forms to volunteer@sowa.org and/or reach out to us if you need help.