4041 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45223-2601
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Our mission Helping Cincinnati's young people fulfill their potential through reading, writing and storytelling.

WordPlay Cincy

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WordPlay Cincy is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2012 to provide free creative youth development programs to children and teens, helping them discover and share their personal narratives by blending the visual, performing and literary arts. In this era of remote learning and remote working, we find that now, more than ever, we need… See full description
  • Adults (18+)
  • One-time, Ongoing
  • Anytime
  • Skilled
  • Individuals
  • Virtual, In-person
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  • Adults (18+)
  • One-time
  • Anytime, Weekdays
  • Individuals
  • In-person, Tech Support, Skills-based, Project-based

Event & Outreach Volunteer

From open mic nights to Ride for Reading, WordPlay hosts several community events throughout the year. And the more people we have around to help, the better! Duties may include setting up/cleaning up; distributing flyers; greeting attendees and showing them where to go; serving food and drinks; and taking photos.
  • Occasional
  • Teens, 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Physical, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Learning Coach for WordPlay Programs

You don't need to be a writer or a teacher to join WordPlay's dedicated volunteer community. But we do need kind, positive individuals to assist with our K-12 programs, both in schools and at WordPlay's community writing center in Northside. Programs are typically 8 to 12 weeks long for 1-2 hours after school, on Saturdays and during the summer (summer programs tend to be longer). Duties may include working with students one-on-one on readings and/or writing prompts; facilitating small group discussions; assisting the program lead; and keeping the program space clean, tidy and stocked with supplies.
  • Weekly
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals
  • Indoor
  • On-site
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends

Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer

There is so much work to be done "behind the scenes" in order to make WordPlay's events and programs run smoothly. These opportunities cover a wide range of work, from physical to administrative. Volunteers may help us paint a new program space; print, fold and/or pack materials for an outreach event; or hang up flyers in local neighborhoods, advertising our free programs.
  • Occasional
  • 21+, 55+, Adults
  • Individuals, Groups (2-10), Corporate Teams, Families
  • Physical, Office work, Event support, Indoor, Outdoor
  • None
  • Weekdays, Evenings, Weekends
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Learning Coach

You don't need to be a writer or a teacher to join WordPlay's dedicated volunteer community. But we do need kind, positive individuals to assist with our K-12 programs, both in schools and at WordPlay's community writing center in Northside. Programs are typically 8 to 12 weeks long for 1-2 hours after school, on Saturdays and during the summer (summer programs tend to be longer). Duties may include working with students one-on-one on readings and/or writing prompts; facilitating small group discussions; assisting the program lead; and keeping the program space clean, tidy and stocked with supplies.
  • Enrichment (Arts)
  • Elementary (5-10), Middle School, High School
  • Same Small Group
  • Academically at Risk, Enrichment
  • Nonprofit, School
  • Individuals
  • 1 Semester
  • 2 Hours/Week
  • Weekday Afternoons, Weekends
  • Moderate
How you help Our volunteers provide support in programs, at events and behind the scenes. Since 2012, over 7,000 children and teens have participated in WordPlay's weekly programs. We continue to grow each year because of people like you: families, supporters, neighbors and an outstanding volunteer community.
About us Founded in 2012, WordPlay Cincy provides reading, writing and storytelling programs in three models: community-based, school-based and mobile programming. Our innovative programs are carefully designed to spark creativity and create self-efficacy, inspiring children and teens to become lifelong learners.
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