“Be the change that you wish to see in the world.”
Mahatma Gandhi

Carnegie Center volunteers are the change. Tutors inspire a love for learning in their students. Classroom assistants are wholeheartedly present as a child reads aloud her first short story. Event and Family Fun & Learning helpers take part in creating memorable evenings that cultivate connections between artists and Kentuckians, parents and children, and foster an appreciation and love for the community. Be part of the Carnegie Center and make a difference in the Lexington community by learning about volunteer opportunities listed below.

After finding your volunteer fit, please fill out and submit the volunteer application. We accept students and adults of all academic backgrounds because the most important thing is the passion and commitment a volunteer brings to Carnegie! Once submitted, our volunteer and/or tutoring directors will email you to discuss additional information about your volunteer experience.

Meet The Staff

Children's Outreach &
Volunteer Director

Jamari Turner is a Lexington native and a recent graduate of the University of Kentucky, where she studied history. Jamari became the Children's Outreach & Volunteer Coordinator in January 2022. She coordinates many of Carnegie's youth programs such as Family Fun & Learning Nights, Young Black Voices Contest, and Kentucky's first Youth Poet Laureate chapter. jamari@carnegiecenterlex.org  |  (859) 254-4175 ext. 28

Volunteer Opportunities at Carnegie:

Fill out the Volunteer Application Form and start using your hours to empower today!

From Gallery Hops to readings by Kentucky authors, Carnegie hosts a variety of different events throughout the year. Work “backstage” by helping event coordinators make sure the event runs smoothly and successfully! For more information about events held at Carnegie, click HERE.

Celebrate family, community, & imaginative learning by volunteering to be a helper at a Family Fun & Learning Night! Volunteers needed from 4:30-7:30 pm to help run kid-friendly crafts and activities, serve dinner to families, and help with clean-up.

Use an hour to empower! Carnegie Center hosts an on-site tutoring program supporting over 200 students and their dedicated tutors! Click HERE to learn more about the tutoring program and how to apply to become a tutor. 

Be part of the early learning process by volunteering with our pre-school & elementary reading and math groups! Volunteers needed to be assistants to the lead instructor, helping with executing lesson plans and classroom management.

Email Jamari Turner, Children’s Outreach and Volunteer Director, at jamari@carnegiecenterlex.org

We hope to see you soon at the Carnegie Center, home to the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame and writers and readers of all levels.

Join Us

251 West Second Street
Lexington, KY 40507


(859) 254-4175

Monday – Thursday: 10:00am – 7:30pm
Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Sunday: CLOSED

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