Volunteer celebrations, 826 Boston events, and community gatherings
On March 25, 2018, we hosted The Interrobang?! (A Toast to Our Volunteers), a luncheon and appreciation event to recognize the amazing contributions of our volunteers across programs. To celebrate, we played some fill-in-the-blanks-style storytelling games, which you can read here: The Zoo of Superheroes; The Slime Town Mission. Congratulations to Jonathan Rowe and Barbara Sheffels, who were voted Volunteers of the Year for 2017–2018.
Below are a list of annual events that we are constantly recruiting volunteers for to help with logistics and planning. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Books for Breakfast (November)
Our fall fundraiser highlights new initiatives and features student MCs and a keynote speaker (this year, we invited author Walter Isaacson). Volunteers often help with registration and ushering. We also encourage you to register to attend, if interested!
Volunteer Fundraiser (March)
We invite members of our volunteer community of nearly 2,000 to participate in an annual fundraiser to raise funds for our programs. This event is run by volunteers for volunteers. Past fundraisers include a Literary Heptathlon, Moustache-a-Thon, and a Write-a-Thon. This year, we are bringing back the Half-half-half-half-half (or .826) marathon.
Night of 1,000 Stories (May)
826 Boston’s annual gala is Night of 1,000 Stories hosted by the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. This is one of our biggest events and will showcase our accomplishments so far.
826 Day (August 26)
826 Day, 8/26, is celebrated across all chapters. In 2017, we honored the day by partnering with six local independent bookshops: Harvard Book Store, Trident Booksellers and Cafe, Brookline Booksmith, Wellesley Books, Papercuts JP, and Tres Gatos. Each location featured a special 826 Day display with a number of our newest (and not-so-new) titles and, of course, a plush Bigfoot.
After-School Publications (January & June)
Through our After-School Program, we publish 2-3 collections of short stories written by students ages 6-18 per year. Each book release party is also an awards ceremony called The Tandy Awards, where students win for “Best Opening Line” among other categories. We often need volunteers to support with logistics, so please let us know if you want to help!
Young Authors’ Book Projects (May/June)
We publish professional books through our Young Authors’ Book Projects program. Our book projects this year include two cookbooks, a book of narrative essays, a book on food justice, and a book about history and social justice.
College Essay Bootcamp (October)
Every fall, we host a college essay writing event at Northeastern University for over 100 high school students. We recruit volunteers to serve on logistics and to serve as tutors. To read more about College Essay Boot Camp 2017, click here.
Boston Book Festival (October)
You can often find Bigfoot and our orange table at Copley Square selling student publications and running a youth-writing activity. If you’re interested in helping run the writing activity, please let us know! You can find more info here.