C&O Family Chess Center
Volunteer & Employment Opportunities
(Under Construction -- Updated 9/1/22)
Students in a Summer Program at the Center
Information and Registration
C&O Family Chess
Center offers free memberships for individuals and families
interested in chess education, competition, and support of
chess activities in this area. Our 'official' online
meeting and practice site is Chess.com, which offers free play
for all with optional 'premium' memberships for those who wish
to access more extensive and advanced features. Children
in grades K-8 must have Chess.com memberships created by a
parent or guardian and should use our 'Chess.com
Registration Guidelines', available elsewhere as a
.pdf file. Parents of young students should consult our
staff before purchasing any premium membership as they may not
be appropriate or necessary. We also offer paid
instructional classes (in some schools and online via the Zoom
program), details of which are found elsewhere.
For more information, you may
contact the Center in our regular (usually)
Saturday Morning 'Meet & Chat' Zoom session (see
the 'Links, etc.' page).
C&O Family Chess Center Members' Library
Members may borrow items (at no cost) from our extensive
chess library (over 600 items). Members may keep books or other items for as long as needed if no other member has requested the same item (lost or damaged items must, of course, be replaced). Some items do not circulate but may be used at the center by appointment. Donations of new or used chess books, CDs, DVDs, or other items are always welcomed. Contact
the Center in our Saturday Morning 'Meet & Chat'
(see the 'Links, etc.' page) for information
on how to borrow items.
Volunteer & CIT/SSL Opportunities
Hold Since The Shutdown)
C&O Family Chess Center seeks qualified "Coaches
In Training" (CITs), volunteers to assist in scholastic and club chess programs at the elementary and middle-school levels in both public and private schools, summer programs, and weekend classes.
CIT applicants should be at least 14 years of age but need have no prior experience working with children. Chess experience is
required (applicants should have a good grasp of chess
fundamentals) however C&O Family Chess center provides a
curriculum guide, classroom materials, and free training in
our methods. Student volunteers who have been in our
chess programs are particularly welcome.
Due to the nature of our work volunteers over the age of 18 must be able to pass standard state and FBI fingerprint and criminal background checks. Those working in
MCPS schools may also have to take a short child-abuse & awareness course.
CITs and other regular volunteers will have all membership privileges, including
any class discounts and library use. Volunteers with enough experience may qualify for "paid associate" status. Payment rates depend upon performance and class size.
Most scholastic classes are held once-a-week on school days before
or after school hours (minor time variations exist from school to school).
One-week half & full-day summer chess programs (and online
programs), usually run in June, July and August.
If you are interested in becoming a CIT or volunteer please
contact the center directly, by Email, at
email@example.com to arrange for an application.
Hold Since the Shutdown)
C&O Family Chess Center seeks qualified applicants to teach chess or assist in
part-time scholastic and club programs at the elementary and middle-school levels (K-8) in both public and private schools. Applicants should have some experience working with children in groups. Some chess experience is
required but not the major factor in our hiring practice. C&O Family Chess
Center provides paid associates with a curriculum guide, classroom materials, and training in our methods.
Due to the nature of our work paid associates must be able to pass standard state and FBI fingerprint and criminal background checks. Those working in schools may also have to take a short child-abuse & awareness course offered by
MCPS or the Archdiocese of Washington, or other groups.
Most classes are held on school days
before or after
school hours (minor time variations exist from school to school). Teachers and aides provide their own transportation and are expected to arrive early enough to set up and remain long enough to supervise clean up and make sure all students have been properly dismissed or picked-up by parents. This should not usually involve more than a quarter hour before or after class.
If you are interested in becoming a paid associate (aide or teacher/coach), please contact the center directly, by e-mail at
firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange for an appointment.