Become a VOICEcorps Volunteer!
What do VOICEcorps volunteers do?
Read newspapers and magazines and other current print material over the air for people who are not able to read standard print. Readers who broadcast live must be here and ready to go on the air at a precise time. They follow formats and watch the clock carefully. Readers who tape record their assignments have a little more flexibility, but still must be prompt and dependable.
Assist with clerical duties such as data entry, answering phones or sorting mail.
Deliver receivers to new listeners.
Conduct interview programs.
How many volunteers do we need?
We broadcast twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. With this schedule, we keep our two hundred volunteers busy on a weekly basis. Because people have family obligations, demanding jobs, vacations, illnesses, car trouble and other reasons for being absent, we keep a long list of active substitutes. When you first begin reading at VOICEcorps, you will be on the substitute list until there is an opening for a regular assignment. Of course if you prefer to stay on the substitute list— and many people do—you will still be a valuable part of our volunteer staff. Counting board members, talk-show hosts, and clerical assistants, there are about two-hundred volunteers on our staff.
Our organization is unique because all of the services we offer are provided by volunteers. The paid staff are available to assist and enable, but the actual performance of service is carried out by volunteers.
Do readers need a radio background?
No. Our readers are teachers, doctors, secretaries, homemakers, students and retired people from all walks of life. They need not have a “broadcaster’s” voice, but they do need to have a clear, pleasant voice without a distracting accent or noticeable speech impediment. They read smoothly, with good expression and no editorial comments.
Make an appointment with the director of volunteers for your interview and audition by calling 614.274.7650. Our business hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays. Interviews take about an hour, so an appointment is necessary. An orientation and training session is provided for our new volunteers.
Free parking is available right outside the door of our studio facility.
Bus stops are within steps of the front door.
Our studios have the latest digital broadcast equipment.