Here are some ways you can get involved as a volunteer with Chess for Success. For more information or to discuss different opportunities contact Jessica Tervooren.

Click HERE for our volunteer application.


Chess Clubs

Chess clubs are the core of our program.  They meet twice a week October through March for an hour, typically after school.
What to expect:  The average CFS club size is forty students, with a handful of clubs boasting over one hundred players.  The club volunteers will help the teachers take attendance, pair players, manage behaviors, and supplement instruction.  
Requirements:  To volunteer, either (basic) chess knowledge or classroom management experience is preferred.  You do not need to be a chess guru; however a fundamental understanding of how the pieces move is helpful.  One day per week is required to give the children a sense of consistency and familiarity.  An district specified background check is required.  
Chess for Success hosts multiple tournaments throughout the year.  Tournament practices begin in December and are open to anyone participating in a CFS club.  Regionals follow and are used to qualify State players and are open to all students in Oregon.  The State Tournament is on its 48th year and typically has around 600 competitors each March at the Oregon Convention Center.
What to expect:  There are two roles for tournament volunteers.  You can help on the chess side which entails registration, scoring, running pairing software, answering technical questions and monitoring players.  Or, you can be an ambassador for CFS and run our information booth.  This includes signing up volunteers, handing out information and talking to spectators about the Chess for Success mission.  
Requirements:  To help with the chess aspect of tournaments, an understanding of chess and tournament structure is required.  To be an ambassador, no chess knowledge is necessary but you must be friendly, outgoing and eager to talk about the mission of Chess for Success.  An Oregon Department of Education (or school district) background check is required.
Annual Fundrasing event
Chess for Success holds an annual fundraising luncheon each year in the spring.  
What to expect:  There are various responsibilities the day of the annual fundraising event that range from checking people in, to answering questions, to set up and take down, etc.   
Requirements:  No chess knowledge required. There will be one volunteer meeting before the event as well as light email communication.  The bulk of the time is spent the day of the event with training and support on site.  
Skills based volunteer
Are you a.....
Photographer, videographer, Quick Books expert or website guru?  If so, we have a job for you!  CFS is always looked for skill based volunteers to utilize sporadically throughout the year.  If you have a skill that we have not mentioned, come and talk to us and we would love to collaborate.  
Click HERE for our volunteer application.