Reach Out and Read Group Volunteering :: Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Group Volunteering

Group volunteer opportunities are ideal for student, corporate and organizations to collectively participate and provide and essential service needed by our program. These are one-time volunteer opportunity that do not require a long-term commitment.  Group volunteers are not are not required to go through the hospital’s volunteer vetting process because there is no direct patient care during the volunteer event.  Please click on the following information listed below if you would like to volunteer as a group. 

Please note that we have a limited number of group volunteer opportunities each year; requests are taken on a first-come, first-served basis, with a running waiting list.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Volunteer groups help sort through gently used books and help to pack these books for delivery to our clinics.



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  • Groups size cannot be larger than 20 participants, minimum of 10

  • Must be over age 18 (Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a waiver form signed by their parent or guardian prior to the sorting and may only participate at our Reach Out and Read warehouse.)

  • Must be able to commit to 2-3 hours

  • Must be able to lift at least 50lbs

  • Must be able to stand for 2-3 hours

  • Must have a designated Point of Contact who will communicate with the Reach Out and Read Team any schedule changes or events that would interrupt the book sort.

  • All volunteers must sign a waiver form prior to participating in a book sorting.

  • Volunteers should wear closed-toed shoes and should dress appropriately for the weather. Please note: We recommend wearing clothes that could get dirty.



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  • Goodwill Columbus Distribution – 2660 Fisher Rd., Columbus, OH*
  • Reach Out and Read Warehouse; All American Moving and Storage – 3890 Twin Creeks Dr., Columbus, OH*

* All of our book sortings occur in warehouse space and weather can be unpredictable. Because of this volunteers should be prepared for hot and cold extremes



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  • Typically groups will schedule during M-F 8-4p for a 2-3 hour period of time to volunteer. Groups should make requests at least 4 weeks prior to the date desired.  This allows us to coordinate with our retail partners to accommodate the book sort event.

  • All groups interested in the participating in a Book Sorting must submit a request. 

  • Click HERE to make a request today!



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  • This is dependent on the need of the program as well as the availability of our partner site where the event is hosted.

  • Request should be made at least 4 weeks prior to the date desired.  This allows us to coordinate with our community partners where are books are stored. 



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Yes. We can provide a letter on letter head depicting the time, date and even number of books that your group sorted after the event.



Submit your request today!

Fill out the Group Volunteer Request Form.

Group Volunteer Request Form

Contact Volunteering

To learn more about Reach Out and Read Volunteering contact:

Robbie Conrad
Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: (614) 355-0520.

Email Robbie »

Nationwide Children's Hospital
700 Children's Drive Columbus, Ohio 43205 614.722.2000