Attend a Special Olympics Southern California event and it will be hard to miss spotting a volunteer in any direction you turn. They assist in several capacities, from coaches to souvenir boutique volunteers to medics.
Yet, perhaps the easiest place to overlook a volunteer at work is on the actual playing field.
Or, in Ron Melvin’s case, inside the parameters of a floor hockey rink. When he’s not assisting prospective homeowners as a realtor in Concord, Calif., Ron is traveling up and down the state – and sometimes farther – as a Special Olympics floor hockey official. One stretch in February took him to San Diego on one Saturday and to Santa Maria the following weekend.
His involvement spans 30 years, and in that time he’s been invited to officiate four Special Olympics World Games, too. But his first encounter was as an observer in high school, just before he was getting ready to enlist in the Air Force.
“I always thought, ‘Man, those were the good kids down there, working with Special Olympics athletes,’” he recalled.
WHAT WE DO
Special Olympics Northern California enriches the lives of more than 26,218 children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Northern California through sports, education, and athlete health.
All of our programs are at no cost to the participants.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
By sponsoring an athlete, you will help SONC deliver essential programming, equipment, and items such as Fall Games @ Home, Fall Sports & Fitness, Sports & Fitness Kits, printed materials, personal protective equipment (PPE), and more.
Without volunteers, Special Olympics Northern California would not exist. We depend on the time, energy and dedication of thousands of energetic volunteers to fulfill our mission.
Special Olympics Northern California hosts fundraising and special events throughout the region year-round.
Every day we empower athletes to shatter stereotypes and exceed their personal bests on the playing field and in life.
Monument Crisis Center is a community-based non-profit family resource center for Central and East Contra Costa County. Located in Concord, the Center offers nutritious food, quality resources and referrals to low-income individuals and families in order to help them become stable and secure in our community.
Monetary support is critical to our mission, it helps us provide a 7-9 day supply of food to 1,100 households in Contra Costa County every month. We thank you in advance for your generosity and appreciate your support of our cause.
Volunteers are central to the success of the Monument Crisis Center, donating over 30,000 hours of service a year. Participants in the volunteer program come from schools, service clubs, religious affiliations, small businesses, corporations, and more!
Groups can arrange to pick up and drop off barrels to collect donations, or use a container of their own. Informational brochures and lists of accepted items will be provided to the volunteer prior to the start of the drive.
The Monument Crisis Center relies on the events held throughout the year by our sponsors and volunteers. Check out our event page for the next coming event and join us to make a difference.