Attend a Volunteer Orientation & Training
Thursday, March 20th 6:30-8:30pm
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 Guillermo [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 Guillermo [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 Christine [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: January 2014
Congratulations to Victor Arellano, our January Volunteer of the Month! Victor provided steadfast tutoring and editing support in our latest Young Authors' Book Project, an upcoming collection of bilingual poems by 5th graders at the Rafael Hernandez School.
Of his experiences volunteering at 826 Boston, Victor said, “The two things that surprised me the most were the training I received prior to working with the children and the level of enthusiasm of the children throughout the process.”
When Victor's not helping students write poetry, he works part-time as a server at a restaurant and acts in community theater. If he were hunting for Bigfoot, Victor would head into the wild armed with a camera--that way he could prove Bigfoot’s existence without having to harm or capture him (or her!).
Thanks, Victor, for all your hard work here at 826. Thanks also to our Volunteer of the Month sponsor, Harvard Book Store, for donating a gift certificate to our very best of the best.
Volunteer of the Month: December 2013
Volunteer of the Month: December 2013
Congratulations to LEVI RUBECK
, our December volunteer of the month! Levi regularly serves as an after-school tutor, and has helped us with numerous projects, including summer camp and a fantastic appearance in last year's after-school CD, BOOM: An Ocean of Benjamins
Before moving to the Boston area, he worked as a Teaching Artist with the Community Word Project,
traveling to public schools all over New York City to teach poetry and creative writing.
When he moved here he decided to continue in this line of work and stay connected to
the community by volunteering at 826 while working an 8-4 job.
See our past Volunteers of the Month!
Levi says, “[It’s] such a well-oiled machine over there [at 826], it's no surprise that the
kids are able to tap into their talent and love 826 Boston as much as they do.”
On a hunt for Bigfoot, Levi would bring an assortment of hamburger condiments,
because “he may be wild, but that doesn't mean he's an uncivilized monster who eats
hamburgers without the appropriate sauces.”
Thank you, Levi, for all the creativity and time you’ve contributed to 826 so far. Thanks
also to Harvard Book Store for sponsoring our Volunteer of the