Get Involved


A group of volunteers at 826's five-year anniversary celebration

A group of volunteers at 8/26 Day 2007, a community festival celebrating our fifth anniversary

Not sure whether we want you? Let’s clear up those doubts right now: We do. Because we work with more teachers, more schools, and more students every year to support our ever-increasing output of books, magazines, and newspapers, we truly need you. We have a variety of unique programs at various times of the weekday (8:00 AM to 6:30 PM) — all of which need tutors — and the good news is that you get to help out with any program that fits your schedule! If you have more time and are looking for an extensive volunteer experience, consider an 826 Valencia internship.

Please note, the vast majority of our volunteer opportunities occur during the school day or immediately after school, Monday through Friday. Right now, we are primarily looking for volunteers who are available during the weekday.

Here’s where we need your help:

(Already a registered volunteer? Log in and visit the calendar to sign up for projects.)

Field Trips 

Monday through Thursday
9:30 AM to 12:00 AM

Field trips are always in need of enthusiastic volunteers up-front and behind the scenes to make the storytelling and bookmaking experience come to life. We are always looking for new artists to live-illustrate our field trips, and typists and charismatic leaders to facilitate the writing process. If that’s not your thing, or you’re just more of the shy type, we’d love you to join our diligent behind-the-scenes printing and bookbinding team.

After-School Tutoring

2:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Monday through Thursday
2:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Tutoring takes place in the afternoons here at 826, Sunday through Thursday. Because it is a homework-help program, you will sometimes get to flex your math and science skills, as well as your writing muscles. Tutoring also offers the chance to work at regular times and get to know a bunch of awesome students and volunteers.

Buena Vista Horace Mann Writing Project

Monday through Friday
4:05 PM to 6:30 PM

As an organization dedicated to improving the writing skills of our students, 826 Valencia is excited to be offering focused writing support to fourth and third graders at Buena Vista Horace Mann, a bilingual K-8 school in the Mission District. If you enjoy writing and want to help get kids build essential skills, the BVHM Annex might just be the program for you!

In-School Projects

Monday through Friday
8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

If you’re looking to provide writing help to teachers and students in the classroom, and have a flexible schedule, our in-school projects may be the best place for you to help out. In this program, volunteers work with students on a diverse range of writing projects at schools around the city. We partner with teachers in San Francisco to craft unique writing projects, all of which are designed to teach specific journalistic, expository, or creative writing skills to students, and most result in a publication that we sell in our Pirate Store.


Evenings and Weekends

If you have expertise in a field that involves writing, and some background working with young people, you might be a fit to teach an evening or weekend workshop. The topics range from SAT-prep to jazz poetry to science writing. Whatever your area of interest, our staff will work with you to perfect your lesson plan and execute your workshop.

Design and photography

The vast majority of our chapbooks, flyers, event materials, invitations, and posters are designed by volunteers. If you’re a professional graphic designer interested in doing some volunteer design work for 826, we would love to meet you. We also frequently need professional photographers to offer their skills to document our events, which include everything from student book release parties to major fundraisers. We’ve been fortunate to have talented help in the past, but we always need more.

Your exciting new life as an 826 volunteer awaits.

Sign up to get started.

Once you’ve gone through our orientation process and training, you’ll be an official part of our team and can sign up online for whatever projects pique your interest.