Attend a Volunteer Orientation & Training
Wednesday, September 17th 6:30-8:30 PM
Thursday, September 25th 6:30-8:30 PM
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 Anusha [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 Anusha [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: March 2014
Congratulations to our March volunteer of the month, SIMON AXTEN! Among his contributions to 826 Boston's in-school writing sessions and creative writing workshops, Simon volunteered throughout our Young Authors' Book Project at the O'Bryant School, where he helped 11th grade AP English students write and edit their own personal and cultural myths.
Of his experiences working at the O'Bryant, Simon says, "I was inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of the students over the course of the project and by the personal stories they chose to share, which focused on everything from personal struggles to the loss of family members to the challenges of moving to a new country."
An avid runner and traveler, Simon has run five marathons, including the 2012 Boston Marathon, and has also spent time backpacking in South America, Central America, Southern Africa, and Southeast Asia. If he were on a hunt for Bigfoot, Simon would bring a pair of scissors, so he could snip off a lock of hair for testing back at the lab.
We appreciate your hard work, Simon! A big thanks goes out to Harvard Book Store as well for their donation of a gift certificate to our Volunteer of the Month.
See our past Volunteers of the Month!