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Empower the next generation of changemakers and innovators


FIRST® volunteers are part of a global robotics community preparing young people for the future. Even if you only have a few hours to give, your contribution can make a difference. Working side by side with FIRST participants, volunteers play an important role in shaping young minds and inspiring students to achieve.

Volunteer at an Event

FIRST Chesapeake hosts events around the Maryland, Virginia and Washington DC made possible by volunteers who fill hundred of roles to accomplish the mission of FIRST. Volunteer roles range from safety attendants and field reset to judges, emcees, and referees. Volunteering at an event is a great way to share technical or professional knowledge, but you do not need special skills or expertise to volunteer.

General Volunteer Roles

New Volunteer Guide

Are You A Part of the Dollars for Doers Program? 

Does your company participate in a Dollars for Doers Program that donates cash grants to nonprofit organizations based on the time employees volunteer? VirginiaFIRST dba FIRST Chesapeake is an approved nonprofit. Please note, that we might be listed in your company’s list of nonprofit organizations as FIRST Chesapeake OR VirginiaFIRST

Corporate Matching Gifts

Increase the impact of your donation or volunteer time with a corporate matching gift! 
Many employers will match your financial gifts and volunteer hours. Thanks to the generosity of FIRST corporate supporters, employees have the option of doubling or even tripling their donation through the Matching Gift program. Find out if your employer will match your contribution!

Season Theme Digital Content

Celebrate your volunteer spirit on your social networks by displaying a new badge, profile picture, or header! You can download season theme digital content including wallpapers for your devices.

How do you inspire the next generation as a #FIRSTvolunteer?

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Tweet it, Snap it, Instagram it, post it on Facebook, or send us an email and tell us how you deliver the future with FIRST!

    Thank You!

We appreciate all the people who volunteered their time, support, and enthusiasm for the 2022-2023 season.

Gold Circle Volunteer Award Winners for 2022-2023

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.

FTC Gold Circle Volunteer Award- Individual Winners

Ryan Wolfrum

Joe Bouchard

Rose Young

Jeff Meyers

Jim Anderson

FTC Gold Circle Volunteer Award- Outstanding Group


FRC Gold Circle Volunteer Award- Individual Winners

David Boyd

Dr. Kate McBryan

Frederick Monroe

Julia Krueger

Kyle Johnson

FRC Gold Circle Volunteer Award- Outstanding Group

Porvair Filtration Group- and other volunteers, organized by David Keegan

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