Below are a list of annual events that we are constantly recruiting volunteers for to help with logistics and planning. Please email volunteer@826boston.org for more information!

Boston Book Festival (October)
You can often find Bigfoot and our orange table at Copley Square, selling student publications and running a youth-writing activity. If you’re interested in helping run the writing activity, please let us know! You can find more info here.

Books for Breakfast (November)
Our fall fundraiser highlights new initiatives and features student MCs and a keynote speaker (this past year, we invited Boston Globe’s Editor-in-Chief, Brian McGrory). Volunteers often help with registration and ushering, and are encouraged to register to attend if interested!

Volunteer Fundraiser (March)
We invite members of our volunteer community of nearly 2,000 to participate in an annual fundraiser to raise funds for our programs. This event is run by volunteers for volunteers. Past fundraisers include a Literary Heptathlon, Moustache-a-Thon, and a Write-a-Thon. This year, we are hosting a Half-haf-half-half-half (or .826) marathon.

Night of 1,000 Stories (May)
826 Boston’s annual gala is Night of 1,000 Stories hosted by the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. This is one of our biggest events and will showcase our accomplishments so far. This year, our keynote speaker is award-winning author Kwame Alexander.

After-School Publications (January & June)
We publish 2-3 publications per year through our After-School Programs, collections of short stories written by students ages 6-18. Each book release party is also an awards ceremony called The Tandy Awards, where students win for “Best Opening Line” and other categories. We often need volunteers to help with logistics so please let us know if you want to help!

Young Authors’ Book Projects (May/June)
We publish 2 professional books through our Young Authors’ Book Projects program. Our two book projects this year is a children’s picture book on Oceanography (we are looking at the Aquarium for our book release party) and a nonfiction piece on public transportation in Boston.

Every October, we host a college essay writing event at Northeastern University for over 100 high school students. We recruit volunteers to serve on logistics and to serve as tutors. To find out more about College Essay Boot Camp, click here.