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. A FIRST Chesapeake event requires over 100 volunteers each day. 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 

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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.  
  • To learn more about volunteer roles, click HERE

 Still not sure how you'd like to volunteer? Take the 5 minute volunteer matchmaker quiz for suggested roles.



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 login to 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:


What competitions are in my area? 

Check back for the 2020-2021 season flyer- coming late summer


Question about volunteering? Contact us at 


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  






Interested in working with a team as a mentor or need more information? Please contact


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 2019-2020 season.

It really adds up- in 2018-2019 FIRST Chesapeake’s more than 1,500 volunteers gave more than 35,000 hours!


Volunteer of the Year Award Winners for 2019-2020 Season


Gary Lindner   



Farish Perlman   



Chris Brown   




 Interested in learning about volunteering for other FIRST programs? 
The 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 804.464.8945
after 5am for updates