One single person, like one candle, can make a difference

Here are some ways you can get involved as a volunteer with Renaissance Knights. For more information or to discuss different opportunities, contact us!

Volunteer at a Chess Club


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. Renaissance Knights can find a school to fit everyone’s chess skills and desired role.


Chess clubs run once a week for an hour from October through May (school year). Volunteers are asked to commit for a 7 to 10 week session. 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.  School hour chess clubs are also available


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.


Renaissance Knights serves  schools in Cook and the collar counties.

Volunteer at a Renaissance Knights Chess Tournament


There are several roles at tournaments- helping with registration, helping with pairings, helping answer chess questions, recording results.

Days / Times:

Tournaments are on Saturdays and/or Sundays throughout the year. We run Local, Regional and National Tournaments.  We have partnered with Chicago Public Schools to run their Regional Playoffs and Championship Tournaments.  Many of the tournaments are free of charge to the participants and are part of our Chicago Scholastic Chess League.  Many of these tournament run 6 – 8 hours, but we divide the day into shorter volunteer shifts..


Vary role by role. No special skills are required for check-in and score keepers. 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.


Chicago and the near north and west suburbs.

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 Renaissance Knights 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 Renaissance Knights
  • Marketing – help develop marketing plans and exposure
  • Development – assist in fundraising and special events
  • Program – help direct the Renaissance Knights program
  • Research and Evaluation – assist in evaluating the Renaissance Knights program and drive various research projects

These committees generally meet on a quarterly, or as needed basis.

To volunteer, donate, or learn more about us, call  773-844-0701 or e-mail