Volunteers

Volunteer for the 2017 Philadelphia READS Reading Olympics!

“Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.”  ~Elizabeth Andrew

Click here to view a list of tentative event dates!

Click here to complete a volunteer application! 

Click here to view all Reading Olympics Resources!


Imagine getting children- even those who struggle- to enthusiastically read independently. Imagine motivating children to read multiple books. Imagine children working together to collaboratively compete academically. Imagine creating better readers who have a lifelong love of reading. Studies show that children who read independently have greater academic success.

Your donation to the Philadelphia Reading Olympics can help make these dreams a reality!

If you’ve ever watched Alex Trebek and thought, “Hey, I can do that!” then here is your chance.  We are inviting you to volunteer as a moderator or scorekeeper at the 2017 Philadelphia Reading Olympics. The competitions are held at Philadelphia colleges and universities during the month of May.

Each volunteer will attend a training session at the site at 8:30 am the morning of the event.  Refreshments will be provided.  You will be required to stay through the three rounds of competition which usually last until 11:30 am.  There is an award ceremony immediately following the competition that concludes by 12:30 pm that you are invited to attend.

As a volunteer you will either ask the questions (don’t worry, the answers are provided) or keep score.   We guarantee that you’ll have fun as you help to make this rewarding activity a success.

Above is a form with a list of tentative dates and locations. Please view this list and choose a date and place that works for you. One to two weeks prior to the event you will receive information specific to your site (parking, building location, etc.)

These events run on the power of volunteers!  Please honor your commitment to volunteer.  If any changes occur in your schedule that prevent you from volunteering on the date you registered, please email Philadelphia READS,  Readingolympics@philareads.org, or call 215-279-7450 ext 205.

Work for or own a local business? Consider being a sponsor for our 2017 Reading Olympics! Please click below for more information.

Sponsorship Information