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No Robotics Experience Required!

 Volunteer for an Event

FIRST Chesapeake volunteers are the key to inspiring today’s youth to become tomorrow’s innovators and technology leaders. Regardless if you have technical or non-technical expertise, there is a volunteer role for you!


Why volunteer? 

  • Make a difference in the lives of young people
  • Inspire youth in STEM activities
  • Network with like-minded professionals 
  • Inspire today's youth to be tomorrow's innovation leaders
  • Be a part of an amazing community 
  • Learn new skills
  • Both virtual and in person roles available
  • It's fun!

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Which role is right for me?

  • Some volunteer positions require technical skills, but many simply require enthusiasm and willingness to help support FIRST. All roles come with training and a supportive community. 
  • Some roles might be remote due to hybrid events and are not designed for in-person attendance. 
    •  What are hybrid events? A hybrid event is part remote event (Judging) and part traditional (matches). Minimal essential staff and volunteers will work the event.  The schedule allows for time between cohorts for a deep cleaning using disinfectant.  The awards ceremony will be held online on Tuesday evenings.
  • Want to see what types of roles are available for this season?



How Do I Volunteer? 


Returning Volunteers

New Volunteers

  • New volunteers will have to create an account and be screened, under the FIRST Youth Protection Program. You will then be able to apply for an event.
  • Once your profile is created, log into your Dashboard to search and apply for an event.
  • You will receive confirmation email with your role 2-3 weeks prior to the event.
  • Requirements-
    • Event volunteers must be at least 13 years old
    • Parent/guardian permission required for all volunteers under 18
    • For high school students looking for community service hours, the on-site Volunteer Coordinator can complete forms at competition.


For additional assistance, please consult the following resources:


 Want to be a part of the action?

View 2021-22 FTC event dates here

View the 2022 FRC Event dates here

Just want to watch the events? Go to our Twitch channel to watch live events; go to our YouTube channel to watch the recordings


COVID-19 Safety Plan For FIRST Chesapeake


Mentor a Team 

Mentors are individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines who work side by side with students to share their knowledge and help guide them through the season.  Many mentors contribute weekly during competition season. 

Sample Mentor Roles

Non-technical Technical
• Project Manager Mentor • Robot Programming (C++, Java, or Labview)
• Scholarship Mentor • Electrical Engineering
• Marketing Mentor • Mechanical Engineering
• Finance Mentor  







The NEW FIRST Mentor Network is an interactive platform allowing mentors to find FIRST teams to work with virtually or face to face, locally or across the country, for a few hours or for a season. Learn more and create your mentor profile today!


Question about volunteering or mentoring? Contact us at 



Are you interested is learning more about Dollars for Doers or Company Matching Gift ProgramsGo to this page to see if your employer participates, or for help designating FIRST Chesapeake as your employer's giving program beneficiary.



    Thank You!

We appreciate all the people who volunteered for the 2021-2022 season.


Volunteer of the Year Award Winner for 2021-2022



The past year has brought out the best in so many FIRST Chesapeake volunteers that it was impossible to recognize just one "Volunteer of the Year.” Instead, we have created a special award celebrating the outstanding contributions of several FTC or FRC volunteers. 
The GOLD CIRCLE VOLUNTEER AWARD recognizes volunteers who have gone above and beyond to support the mission of FIRST Chesapeake. Volunteers were nominated by other volunteers, team members, coaches and mentors.


Pankaj Oberoi
 Paul Merkham
Kevin Pardus
Arlene Lantz
Andrew Magaletti
Phil Malone
Steve Shade
Denis Furtalev



 Interested in learning about volunteering for other FIRST programs? 
FIRST LEGO League Challenge program in Maryland
FIRST LEGO League in Virginia and Washington, DC



Inclement Weather


In case of Inclement Weather the day of
a FIRST Chesapeake Event,
Please call (804) 404-6653
after 5am for updates