“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 online 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. Thank you!

General Volunteer Information Session:

Please join us if you’re considering becoming a Carnegie Center volunteer at one of our upcoming general information sessions with Erica Cook, Carnegie’s Volunteer coordinator! You’ll learn about the many opportunities to get involved and how you can use your unique talents and skills to improve the lives of learners. The session will include:

• An overview of the Carnegie Center (mission, goals, and building tour)
• Insight into the ways literacy can bring positive change to our communities
• Volunteer opportunities with adults, teens, and children
• Available options for training and orientations, and how to begin volunteering
• Lunch or dinner
*This session is for informational purposes only and is not required to become a volunteer. To register, please visit our website or call 859-254-4175 ext. 21.

Choose a session below:

Register for the General Volunteer Information Session on Wednesday, June 5, 6–7 pm • FREE (includes dinner)

Register for the General Volunteer Information SessionFriday, June 14, noon–1 pm • FREE (includes lunch)

Opportunities at Carnegie:

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

Carnegie Clubs: Enthusiastic and dedicated tutors needed to share their love for learning with elementary age students. This after-school outreach tutoring program matches a tutor with a student in 1st or 2nd grade for one-on-one tutoring in reading, writing, and math. Tutoring pairs meet every Tuesday at Booker T. Washington Elementary from 3:00-4:00 pm and every Thursday at Arlington Elementary from 2:45-3:45 pm.

Family Fun & Learning Nights: Celebrate family, community, & imaginative learning by volunteering to be a helper at a Family Fun & Learning Night! Volunteers needed from 4:45-7:30 pm to help run kid-friendly crafts and activities, serve dinner to families, and help with clean-up.

Tutoring: Use an hour to empower! Carnegie Center hosts an on-site tutoring program supporting over 200 students and their dedicated tutors! Learn more about becoming part of the tutoring team by visiting http://carnegiecenterlex.org/tutoring/tutoring/.

Event Helpers: 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 on events held at Carnegie, please look above at the EVENTS header at the top of this page.

Classroom Assistants: 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.

Questions about volunteering? Email Erica Cook, Children’s Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator at erica@carnegiecenterlex.org. (Se habla español.)