Here are some ways you can get involved as a volunteer with Chess for Success. For more information or to discuss different opportunities, contact us!
Current Volunteer Opportunities
Volunteer at a Chess Club
Assist the coach in teaching chess to students. Volunteers may play chess, may do basic administrative duties, such as taking roll, or, if they are an intermediate chess player, the coach may ask them to work with their own group of slightly advanced students. Needs vary club by club. Chess for Success can find a school to fit everyone’s chess skills and desired role.
Chess clubs run twice a week for an hour from mid-October through March (school year). Volunteers can participate twice a week, once a week or -at a minimum- once every 2 weeks.
Chess clubs are usually after school and may start as early as 2:05 pm, or as late as 4:15 pm and run for one hour.
Volunteers do not need to have any special skills.
It is always helpful to have volunteers who are knowledgeable about chess, or who speak a foreign language, but these skills are not required and should not prevent anyone from volunteering.
Chess for Success serves 55 schools in the greater Portland Metro Area. Additionally we have schools in Ontario, Oregon, Redmond, Oregon, Monmouth, Oregon and a school in SW Washington.
Volunteer at a Chess for Success Chess Tournament
There are several roles at tournaments- helping with registration, helping with pairings, helping answer chess questions, recording results.
Days / Times:
Practice tournaments are on Saturdays in early December and are finished no later than noon. Regional Tournaments are on Saturdays in January and/or February. The State Tournament is one Friday and one Saturday in March. The Regional and State tournaments usually run all day, roughly 8 hours, but shorter shifts can be arranged.
Vary role by role. No special skills are required for check-in. A competent level of chess knowledge is required for tournament monitors who answer player questions. Computer literacy and prior training is needed for tournament software for pairings.
23 Regional Tournaments throughout Oregon. 12 Regions are in the greater Portland Metro area.
Volunteer at the ‘Knight to Remember’ Auction
There are several volunteer roles at the auction. Set-up, take down, check-in, check-out, and auction runners.
Days / Times:
One evening a year. Each role usually consists of a few hours.
No special skills required. All training can be done on-site.
Tabling for Chess for Success
Man a Chess for Success booth at a fair, farmers market or other event.
Days / Times:
Various throughout the year
Prior volunteer experience with Chess for Success.
Various throughout the greater Portland Metro area.
Volunteer on a Chess for Success committee
We have several committees which would be an excellent option for individuals who would like to volunteer with Chess for Success but may not have the time to commit to be a regular attendee at a chess club or at a tournament. We are always looking to include volunteers in the following committees:
- Administrative & Finance – help direct the financial security of Chess for Success
- Marketing – help develop marketing plans and exposure
- Development – assist in fundraising and auction
- Program – help direct the Chess for Success program
- HR & Board Development – address HR issues and suggest/review potential board members
- Research and Evaluation – assist in evaluating the Chess for Success program and drive various research projects
These committees generally meet on a quarterly, or as needed basis.