— Josh Jackson, volunteer at 826LA
Each year, approximately 5,000 active volunteers make our work possible and keep our programs free of charge. These passionate individuals are found at our centers and neighboring schools each day — supporting morning field trips, sitting side-by-side with our students after school, and helping entire classrooms learn the art of writing.
Who can volunteer?
You! 826 National’s volunteers are local community members from a wide range of professions and backgrounds — writers, teachers, artists, college students, parents, bankers, lawyers, and retirees. Whatever your skills, as a volunteer, you’ll positively impact youth in your community.
Volunteers help teachers inspire their students to write during one of our many in-school programs, which provide students with individualized support on writing projects, including news articles, oral histories, college entrance essays, and more.
Volunteers encourage students to explore their creativity and strengthen their writing skills through 826’s imaginative, project-based workshops program.