826NYC is always looking for volunteers to help out, from providing homework help for students after school, to creating weekend writing workshops, to working in the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
VOLUNTEER WITH 826NYC
Maybe you've found yourself shopping for a new cape at the Superhero Supply Co., or perhaps you've chatted with a volunteer or read about 826NYC's free student programs. Whatever has brought you to this point, you've decided you want to be a part of 826NYC. You'll be happy to hear that we've been waiting for this moment to arrive. Welcome to 826NYC's volunteer force. To begin, just take a look at the following student programs to choose a volunteer opportunity that best fits your schedule:
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, typists, and charismatic leaders to facilitate the writing process. Field trips take place most weekday mornings at our Park Slope center, from 10am to 12:30pm. 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 takes place here at 826NYC, Monday through Thursday from 3pm-5:30pm and 2:30pm-5:30pm on Sundays. We also have after-school tutoring shifts at our Williamsburg Library satellite location Monday through Thursday from 2:30pm-5:30pm. 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 commit to a consistent day each week and get to know a bunch of awesome students and volunteers.
If you have expertise in a field that involves writing, and some background working with young people, you might be a fit to teach or support an evening (6-8pm) or weekend workshop. The topics range from SAT-prep to jazz poetry to science writing to writing an entire novel in a month. Whatever your area of interest, our staff will work with you to perfect your curriculum and execute your workshop. Just want to support a workshop? No problem. Most of our workshops require 2-4 volunteers to help assist with activities.
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.
If you're disappointed by the lack of opportunities to flex your super-heroic muscles, then you might want to volunteer in our Superhero Supply Co. store selling capes, secret identity kits and cans of all kinds of superhero necessities--intelligence, invisibility, and gravity to name a few. You can assist shoppers as they use our Villain Containment facility, Cape Tester, and more. The store is open seven days a week, 11am-5pm, with morning and afternoon shifts available.
SIGN UP TO BECOME A VOLUNTEER
To become a volunteer, please email the Volunteer and Programs Coordinator Rebecca Darugar with your name, the program/s you are interested in volunteering for, and your daytime/weeknight availability. She will be in touch with upcoming orientation dates and next steps. *You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer with 826NYC