Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for celebrating our 50th Anniversary with us!

Thank you for volunteering this past Saturday at our Open House. Please fill out the attached form to give us feedback on how we did. Email the form back to volu...@wxxi.org or mail it to Carolyn Reynolds at 280 State Street, Rochester NY 14614.


Volunteers will help direct people, help with an activity, or act as a character handler. You will be on your feet most of your shift. If you cannot stand please email me at volunteer@wxxi.org and I will try to find a volunteer job for you where you can sit! It's a fun but crazy day with lots and lots of people but we really do need your help for our 50th anniversary Open House!

The event is from 10 am - 3 pm but we will have 2 shifts for volunteers: 9:00 - 12:15 and 12:00 - 3:15 pm. 

This event brings around 3,000 people to tour our station! Every floor has activities where the public can check out the sets, visit the radio studios, meet hosts and reporters, meet PBS characters, and take part in a lot of different fun and educational hands-on activities. 

Click here to sign up to volunteer!

Thank you to everyone that attended this year's Volunteer Appreciation Event on April 30. 

The Charles M. Wise Volunteer of the Year Award was awarded to Mary Holley, a Henrietta resident.

Click to read more about this year's winners! 

Why Volunteer at WXXI

Volunteers play a crucial role in the success of WXXI. Every part of WXXI’s many endeavors to present music, culture, education and special events benefits from the efforts of our volunteers. Folks like you who donate their skills, time and spirit to support public broadcasting in our community.

For more information and to indicate your availability to volunteer, please complete the Volunteer Registration Form.

Explore some of the volunteer opportunities available:

Pledge Drives

Answer telephones and take pledges when viewers and listeners call in their membership support. Radio campaigns are scheduled for February, May, and October; television drives are scheduled for March, September, and December.
If you are interested in bringing in a group of volunteers to answer phones during a TV drive, email volunteer@wxxi.org, or call (585) 258-0249 for information.

Docent/Tour Guide

When groups of visitors want to see the WXXI radio and television studios, you could be leading the way. We will train you and make sure you have all of the information you’ll need to answer our visitor’s questions and show off WXXI’s state of the art broadcast facilities.

Membership & Special Events

Lend your administration skills to a variety of mailings and data entry in our membership office. Help out at WXXI’s special events throughout the year. Event volunteers assist with set-up, decorations, greeting people and registration, and much more! WXXI events include Education Takes the Stage, Community Cinema screenings, Met at the Movies, festival booths, and station events.


  • Help generate auction donations through telemarketing and data entry
  • Assist in developing accurate descriptions and presentations of donated items through your expertise in photography or script writing
  • Deliver donated items to WXXI
  • Help successful bidders in picking up their merchandise
  • Mail awards or certificates to successful bidders

Reachout Radio

Be a reader for Reachout Radio, a 24-hour service, which provides access to printed materials to those who are visually impaired or print handicapped.  Click here to learn more about how to become a volunteer with Reachour Radio.

Little Theatre

Volunteers are needed to staff the membership table during high volume traffic evenings, which will include special screenings throughout the year and Friday or Saturday nights during the winter season. Event volunteers are needed to assist with ticket taking, greeting people and registration, and much more. Little Theatre events include the annual Celebration of the Little Theatre, festival booths, and membership events. Become more acquainted with Rochester’s only historic art house movie theatre by volunteering!

Please complete the Volunteer Registration Form and indicate your preferences. If you have further questions, please contact our Membership and Volunteer Manager, Carolyn Reynolds, at (585) 258-0249 or email volunteer@wxxi.org.


Become a Volunteer


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