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    FIRST is an organization that is powered by volunteers (both technical and non-technical) who bring a broad range of talents, expertise and experience to the FRC program. Our volunteers include engineers, teachers, business professionals, university students and parents, to name just a few, who coach and mentor teams of students, organize and support competitions and events, or manage much of the day to day details that make FIRST Robotics Competition possible. With almost sixty FRC teams in Illinois, the prestigious Midwest Regional Competition, the new Central Illinois Regional Competition and several off-season events; there is ample opportunity for everyone to share the very skills that are used in their everyday lives and jobs and make a lasting impact on the students that they reach. As an FRC volunteer, you will have the opportunity to help inspire students and change their lives. You will have the ability to open a door for them that they may never have thought to open for themselves.

    Whether you’d like to try volunteering at an event or becoming a Coach or Mentor, everyone can make a difference at Illinois FRC. FIRST FRC volunteers are women and men of every age and occupation. FIRST FRC volunteers are just like you!

    The Related Links at the right side of this screen are set up to help you volunteer.  To volunteer at a competition, select "Sign up as an Event Volunteer Today".  Register and select an event (such as the Midwest Regional or the Central Illinois Regional).  Then indicate what position you'd like to sign up for, and we will contact you to help.  To volunteer as a mentor, contact a team you know of or send us an email at contact@firstillinoisrobotics.org.  Then we will help connect you with a team.  For more information, check out the additional links listed or contact Illinois Volunteer Coordinator Polly Kahler at polly.midwestregionalvc@gmail.com.