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.”

-Ben Sugar, 826 Boston volunteer extraordinaire

Our dedicated and enthusiastic army of volunteers fuels every facet of 826 Boston’s free programs. Join a troop of more than 600 teachers, students, and writers from across Boston and:

  • help a student read a book in our after-school program
  • tutor the burgeoning author of the next Great American Novel
  • guide the students on our Student Editorial Board
  • run the annual Half Half Half Half Half Marathon with a team of our book club members
  • staff the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute store

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, July 11 at 6:30 PM


Thursday, August 17 at 6:30 PM

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.

If you’re interested in tutoring, leading a workshop, or working with 826 Boston in any way, attend an info session! We will go over all the programming we run to find a good match for your volunteer experience.

Sign up today:

Questions? Email the volunteer team or call 617-442-5400. You can also read the volunteer FAQ here.

In-School Volunteering

(scroll down for out-of-school time opportunities!)

Out-of-School-Time Volunteering

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:

No more tutor trainings until College Essay Academy begins later in July.

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