Since our founding, WordPlay has trained more than 800 volunteers to help with programs, at events and behind the scenes, making sure those who depend on WordPlay's programs have the tools they need to succeed. We are always looking for dedicated, passionate people who are willing to donate their time or talents. And you don't need to be a writer or a teacher to join the ranks—just someone with a desire to make a difference in the lives of Cincinnati's young people.


Please note:

All volunteer opportunities require a background check and a brief orientation.

Program volunteers must be at least 16 years old.

If you are younger than 16, or if you have questions about volunteering, contact Desirae Hosley at

Though our volunteer needs are always evolving. it is very important to provide consistent support wherever possible. We ask that volunteers make every effort to commit for the duration of each program or event. WordPlay currently has volunteer needs in four main areas:


Each week, WordPlay offers community writing workshops out of our writing center in Northside for a range of ages, from kindergarten all the way up to young adults. Learn more about our program offerings here.


Events take place less frequently than programs, but we always need extra sets of hands around to help with setting up and tearing down, distributing food, taking photos and showing guests where to go. Our annual Ride for Reading and bimonthly open mic nights are two events that are great for corporate or school groups of volunteers.


WordPlay partners with local schools to bring programs directly to students. These programs can range from creative writing workshops to reading labs, and they're held both during the school day and after school. We are currently seeking volunteers to help with WORDlab, an after-school reading program at Chase Elementary.


Want to help, but prefer to work behind the scenes? Let us know! Maybe you're an executive, salesperson, lawyer, graphic designer, human resources representative or accountant. Whatever your talents, we encourage volunteers to donate their time in a variety of ways. Contact us to learn more.


4234 Hamilton Avenue

Cincinnati, OH 45223

p: 513-996-0010

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WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.