Calling all new volunteers!

We are currently seeking both dedicated tutors and behind-the-scenes creatives for the 2015-2016 school year. By committing to a full year of tutoring, you will reap the benefits of developing personal connections with our students and experience immeasurable joy, energy from enthusiastic kids, and the awesome feeling of knowing that you made a difference in a child’s development as a young writer and thinker. Design, videography, and photography volunteers are contracted on a per-project basis, and most projects last one to two months.

Volunteering as a Tutor

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our programs, and are the primary way we’re able to offer our support to all students completely free of charge. We’re looking for people who are able to be relentlessly positive, see all students as having potential, and are interested in promoting a love of learning. Folks with an average of 1–3 hours per week to volunteer are encouraged to apply to become tutors, our shorthand for referring to all those who do the important work of supporting our students one-on-one. The majority of our tutoring opportunities occur weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., though we also have evening and weekend opportunities. Get the inside scoop on how you can get involved as a volunteer and discover the dazzling possibilities that await you! Be sure to register if you’d like to receive more information on how to get started. We’ll be holding orientations throughout the fall semester—sign up early so you can join in all the tutoring fun!

Volunteering Behind the Scenes

We’re also seeking experienced creative professionals to help with designing publications (check out past examples here!), marketing materials, window displays, and Pirate Store products. We also frequently need professional photographers and videographers to document our events and programming. If you’re interested in volunteering creative skills like these, please contact Design Director María Inés Montes at

Get to Know Us!

Wherever your interest in getting involved with 826 Valencia lies, we’d love for you to join us on Saturday, August 22nd for a community volunteer event to learn more about our volunteer opportunities and meet and mingle with new and seasoned 826 volunteers.

You can also discover some of our stellar volunteers’ stories by visiting our Volunteer of the Month gallery and checking out our newly launched #charactersof826 series, which showcases the incredible array of humans and things that happen around 826.

Finally, if you have any questions about how to become a volunteer or how to best get involved, we’d love to chat with you about your availability and what program might be the best fit. You can call us at (415) 642-5905 ext. 204 or shoot us an email at to get started.