Dear Reader,

Welcome to the W.A.T.E.R.I.N.G. H.O.L.E.

Where A (lot of) Tutoring (and) Educational Resources, Information, News, Guidance, Help, (and) Other Lessons Exist

This site is the official hub for volunteers serving at 826 Boston and the Greater Boston Bigfoot Research Institute. We encourage you to use the resources, information, and opportunities located here. You’ll find yourself better equipped in your tutoring sessions the more you visit this site!

We wish you the very best of luck in your volunteer expedition. Thank you for all your support, and we hope to see you at one of our centers soon!

Patti Wilder, Volunteer Manager


Please Follow These Steps!

  1. Sign-up to attend a Volunteer Info Session (sessions twice a month).
  2. Sign-up to attend a Tutor Training (sessions twice a month).
  3. Read the 826 Boston Volunteer Handbook.
  4. Sign-up for shifts on our Volunteer Calendar.

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Tutoring Guidelines and Requirements:

  • All volunteers must be at least 16 years old.
  • Please arrive promptly, or even a few minutes early, for your first session to check in and get settled.

Do I need to be experienced in working with youth? Experienced in writing? Publishing?
Nope! Anyone who believes in 826 Boston’s mission and is willing to learn can volunteer. We’ll work to pair you up with experienced volunteers, provide training, and support you in every way we can.

Can I get involved in other ways besides tutoring?
At the Volunteer Info Session you’ll attend, we’ll collect all of your information and start sending you In Tandem, our monthly volunteer newsletter in which we advertise all of our volunteer opportunities. We’ll make sure to reach out to you for any event or publishing opportunities, but if you see a need, please don’t hesitate to drop us a line!

I work 9­–5 and am busy during field trips and after-school tutoring. Can I still volunteer?
Of course! While a good amount of our programming does take place during the hours of 9–­5, we have plenty of other options. Some examples are Evening Tutoring from 6:00 – 8:00 PM on Mondays and Wednesdays, book release parties, fundraising, our publishing corps, editorial boards for our book projects, and more!

I’m sick or I’ve forgotten to tell you about my plans to backpack across the Alps to search for proof of Bigfoot. How can I cancel a volunteer shift?
Please email us as soon as you can so we have time to find a replacement. Also, good luck with your expedition!

Can I get community service hours by volunteering with 826 Boston?
Potentially. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old, and if you’re under 18 years old we’ll require two recommendations and your most recent progress report. If you’re under 16, feel free to email us to discuss other options we have available. We’re always happy to sign off on your hours if you’re willing to put in the work with us and our students.

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