Our dedicated and enthusiastic army of volunteers fuels every facet of 826 Boston’s free programs. Join a community of more than 600 volunteers as writing coaches, tutors, mentors, storytellers, editors, illustrators, workshop leaders, and more!

If you’re interested in learning more about volunteering, attend one of our upcoming Volunteer Info Sessions at the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute in Egleston Square:

Tuesday, October 16 at 7:00 PM

Tuesday, October 30 at 7:00 PM

Sign up for an info session today:

826 Boston is setting up new programs and is seeking volunteers in the Dorchester and Mattapan neighborhoods. If you are available to attend a Dorchester or Mattapan neighborhood information session, please complete the interest form below. A member of our volunteer team will follow up to confirm the date and your attendance.

Neighborhood Info Session Interest Form

If you have any questions about volunteering with us, please contact our volunteer team or call 617-442-5400.

More questions? Read the volunteer FAQ here.

“Volunteering at 826 Boston is a circle of giving where ambitious, bright, creative students grasp their potential and run with their accomplishments. From completing homework to publishing books—it’s rewarding for them, so it’s rewarding for us—and I learn something every time I’m here. Just as reading and writing enrich our lives, volunteering at 826 does too.” 

—Karen Lake, 826 Boston volunteer extraordinaire

The first step of applying to become a volunteer is to attend one of our upcoming Volunteer Info Sessions. After you’ve attended an Info Session, you can sign up for one of our Tutor Trainings below. Tutor Trainings are mandatory in order to volunteer at one of our tutoring programs.

Upcoming Tutor Trainings:

K-8 Training:
Friday, October 12, 2018, from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Friday, November 9, 2018, from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM

High School Training:
Monday, October 15, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Monday, November 19, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM

RSVP to a Tutor Training Session here!


If you have any questions, please email the volunteer team. Or read the volunteer FAQ here.

In-School Volunteering Calendar

Out-of-School-Time Volunteering Calendar


volunteers contribute to 826 Boston’s program every year.