Attend a Volunteer Orientation & Training
Thursday, May 23rd, 6:30-8:30pm
Monday, July 8th, 6-8pm
If you're interested in tutoring, leading a workshop, or working with 826 Boston in any way, attend a new volunteer meeting! All volunteers are required to attend an orientation & training which lasts about two hours. We will go over all the programming we run, helpful tips & tricks, role-play our new tutoring skills, and talk about strategies for working with students of different ages, skills, and needs. The upcoming volunteer orientations & trainings are:
Sign up for an upcoming orientation and training here.
All trainings are located in the 826 Boston writing center, 3035 Washington Street in Roxbury. Click here
for directions. If you have any questions, shoot an email to our Volunteer Coordinator Raquel [at] 826boston.org
Now, You're Ready To Volunteer!
Once you attend a Volunteer Orientation & Training you can sign up for volunteer opportunities using our volunteer calendar. The email address you use to sign up for volunteer jobs must match the email address you provided to us on your online volunteer application. Also, if you are an after-school tutor there are three
tutoring shifts on the calendar each day. Be sure to choose the shift that works for your schedule - 3:00-4:30pm, 3:00-6:00pm, or 4:30-6:00pm. If you have any questions, shoot an email to our Volunteer Coordinator Raquel [at] 826boston.org
Click here to view the calendar and get involved.
826 Boston was voted Best Place to Volunteer
in the Boston Globe's Best of the New for 2008. Click on the logo to read more!
Here's what Benjamin, 826 Boston volunteer extraordinaire, has to say about why you should volunteer:
"The best part of volunteering at 826 Boston is the sense of 'possibility' that is always palpable. New worlds are being created constantly. Not only worlds of imagination and learning, but also a world where every student can realize their own gifts. I always leave with the feeling that things just might be alright."
826 Boston is always looking for volunteers to help out, from providing homework help for students after school, to creating Saturday writing workshops, to steering in-school publishing projects and working in the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute.
Teach a Workshop!
Our workshop calendar of exciting offerings for students depends entirely on our volunteers! From silly to serious, multi- or mono-media, we want to hear your idea! Take a look at the workshop guidelines and submit your proposal to alia [at] 826boston.org. We accept workshop proposals on an ongoing basis.
Download a workshop proposal. Download the workshop guidelines.
Donate Your Expertise!
We need the support of volunteers from a variety of backgrounds to make this project a success. Among anyone willing to lend a hand, we are in particular need of:
- Architects and builders, to help us improve our cryptozoology shop
- Carpenters, the mechanically inclined, and handy folks of all types
- Web designers, programmers, networking experts and techies of various sorts
- Graphic designers and artists
- Copy-editors and those with publishing experience
- Musicians, poets, and authors
- Event planners
- Those with marketing experience
- Those with management experience
- Those with budgeting and financial experience
- Those with retail experience to help develop the store
Volunteer of the Month: February and March 2013
It's a special field trip double Bigfoot trouble feature! Thomas McKeen
and Dylan Thomas
are students at Northeastern University. They volunteer as part of the Civic Engagement Program
and together completed over 120 hours of service with 826 Boston, holy cow!
joined us as an after-school tutor and as an enthusiastic field trip volunteer this school year. He hails from Framingham, MA and is currently a freshman majoring in international affairs with a focus on China. Thomas is a lifelong reader and writer, although the number of half-finished writing projects probably attest to his attention span in this regard. When not indulging his love of literature or typing up gradeschoolers' stories about catfish wearing skirts, he enjoys long-distance running and cooking. Or, at least attempting to cook - he's still learning.
has been volunteering twice a week during our field trip program since September 2012. He grew up in the woods of New Hampshire. He has only recently come to live in a city, or in fact anywhere with more people than trees. He says, "the best part about 826 is the enthusiasm the children have not just for writing, but also for ideas."
A profound insight indeed, Dylan.
Thank you Thomas and Dylan for all of your amazing support this school year. We'll miss you both immensely this summer! Thank you, Harvard Book Store
, for sponsoring our Volunteer of the Month program.
See our past Volunteers of the Month!