Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you have a little time to commit or a lot, there is a volunteer opportunity waiting for you any time of the year.
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“Because as a volunteer you get far more out of it than you come close to giving.  The athletes have so much to offer and so much to teach, Lessons in teamwork, encouragement, positive attitude, perseverance only to name a few.  They change me for the better far more than I could ever hope to change them.”
                  -Mary Buscher, Sammons Financial Group

 

 

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Interested in volunteering for Special Olympics Iowa?Here’s how…

Everything you need to know about volunteering can be found on this page. Sign up to be a “day-of-event competition volunteer” under the “Register to Volunteer” column. It’s that simple! Special Olympics Iowa has many opportunities for you to be involved and make a difference, see below!

All available sporting event volunteer opportunities are listed on this page-

 

Statewide Competitions: 

  • Contact for Statewide Competition Volunteering-
  • Elin Phipps, Director of Volunteers                                                                                      Email: ephipps@soiowa.org, Phone: 515-986-5520
  • Information about our Statewide Competitions: Click here

Event

Date

Volunteer Time

Location

Volunteer  Details

Register to Volunteer

Winter Games     Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, figure skating, speed skating, snowshoeing January 14-15, 2019 TBD Dubuque: Locations & Maps  Winter Game Volunteer Details Sign Up
Mid-Winter Tournament   Basketball (team & skills), powerlifting, cheerleading, gymnastics, dance March 16, 2019 8:30am-12:00pm OR 12:00pm-4:30pm OR all day shift Iowa City: Locations & Maps Mid-Winter Volunteer Details Sign Up
Summer Games    Bocce, cycling, developmental events, soccer, swimming, tennis, track & field May 23-25, 2019 7:30am-12:00pm OR 12:00pm-5:00pm OR  all day shift Ames: Locations & Maps Summer Games Volunteer Details Sign Up
State Softball August TBD for 2019 8:00am-12:30pm OR 12:30pm-5:00pm OR  all day shift Prairie Ridge Sports Complex in Ankeny: Map  Softball Volunteer Details Sign Up
State Equestrian  September TBD for 2019 9:00am-2:00pm  Jester Park Equestrian Center in Granger: Map  Equestrian Volunteer Details Sign Up
State Volleyball October 6, 2018 8:15am-12:15pm OR 12:15pm-4:30pm OR  all day shift Forker Building, Iowa State University in Ames: Map Volleyball Volunteer Details Reserved Event:      Sign Up
State Flag Football October 13, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm Metro Youth Football Complex in Cedar Rapids: Map Flag Football Volunteer Details Sign Up
State Bowling  Cedar Rapids November 17, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm Westdale Bowl in Cedar Rapids: Map  Bowling Volunteer Details Cedar Rapids:      Sign Up
State Bowling  Council Bluffs November 17, 2018 9:30am-4:30pm Thunderbowl in Council Bluffs: Map  Bowling Volunteer Details Council Bluffs:    Sign Up 
State Bowling      Des Moines November 17, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm Bowlerama  in Des Moines: Map  Bowling Volunteer Details DSM Bowlerama:   Sign Up
State Bowling      Des Moines November 17, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm Merle Hay Lanes in Des Moines: Map Bowling Volunteer Details DSM Merle Hay Lanes:     Sign Up

Area Competitions & Programs:

  • Contact for Area Competition & Program Volunteering-
  • Erin Birkenholtz, Southeast Regional Director             Email: ebirkenholtz@soiowa.org, Phone: 515-986-5520 ext. 120
  • Bruce Wilson, West Regional Director                                      Email: bwilson@soiowa.org, Phone: 515-986-5520 ext. 123
  • Information about our Areas: Click here

Event

Date

Volunteer Time

Location

Regional Director

Register to Volunteer

Bocce Coach & Athlete Training Clinic

September 29, 2018 9:30am-2:00pm Bever Park in Cedar Rapids Southeast Sign Up

Central Area Bowling

October 6, 2018 8:30am-4:30pm Perfect Games in Ames Southeast Sign Up

East Central Area ADULT Bowling

October 6, 2018 8:30am- 4:00pm morning & afternoon shifts available Westdale Bowling Center in Cedar Rapids Southeast Sign Up

East Central Area YOUTH Bowling

October 16, 2018 8:30am- 12:30pm Westdale Bowling Center in Cedar Rapids Southeast Sign Up

West Central Area Bowling

October 18, 2018 & October 19, 2018 9:00am-2:00pm or 8:00am-3:00pm Bowlerama in Des Moines West Sign Up

Special Programs:

  • Contact for Special Programs Volunteering-
  • Wendy Olinger, Healthy Athletes, Challenge Days & Young Athlete Play Days      Email: wolinger@soiowa.org, Phone: 515-986-5520 ext. 110
  • Bryan Coffey, Unified Programs                                                   Email: bcoffey@soiowa.org, Phone: 515-986-5520 ext. 119
  • Information about our Special Programs: Click here

Event

Date

Location

Register to Volunteer

Challenge Day July 21, 2018 Cedar Rapids Sign Up
Challenge Day August 2, 2018 Glenwood Sign Up
Unified Golf September 13, 2018 Davenport Sign Up
Young Athletes Play Day October 11, 2018 Sioux City Sign Up
Young Athletes Play Day October 19, 2018 Dubuque Sign Up
Young Athletes Play Day November 8, 2018 Muscatine Sign Up
Young Athletes Play Day February 7, 2019 Oskaloosa Sign Up
Challenge Day March 2, 2019 Des Moines Sign Up
Young Athletes Play Day March 26, 2019 West Des Moines Sign Up

Fundraising Volunteers:

  • Contact for Fundraising Volunteering-
  • Elin Phipps, Director of Volunteers                                                Email: ephipps@soiowa.org or State Office Phone: 515-986-5520.
  • Stuart Steffy, Individual Giving Officer                                                                            Email: ssteffy@soiowa.org  or State Office Phone: 515-986-5520.

Event

Date

Volunteer Time

Location

Volunteer Details

Register to Volunteer

ISU Football Fundraiser

October 13, 2018 TBD by ISU one week prior to the game Jack Trice Stadium in Ames: Locations & Maps ISU Football Fundraiser Details Reserved Event:

Sign Up

Questions about volunteering?

  • Contact Director of Volunteers, Elin Phipps-                                      Email: ephipps@soiowa.org or State Office Phone: 515-986-5520.

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