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 below at our student programs to get an idea for which volunteer opportunities best fit your schedule and interests.
During field trips, enthusiastic volunteers work with the students 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. If that’s not your thing, or you’re just more of the shy type, we’d love for you to join our diligent behind-the-scenes printing and bookbinding team.
Field trips take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00am to 12:30pm at our Park Slope center.
After-School tutoring is a homework-help program where volunteers work with students to complete their homework and engage in enrichment writing activities, all while allowing you to flex your math, science, history, and writing muscles. Tutoring also offers you the chance to commit to a consistent day each week and get to know a bunch of awesome students and volunteers.
After-school tutoring takes place at our Park Slope center Sunday through Thursday from 3:00-5:30pm and at our Williamsburg Library Satellite location Monday through Thursday from 3:00-5:30pm.
If you have expertise in a field that involves writing, and some background working with young people, you might be a good fit to teach or support an evening 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.
Workshops take place at our Park Slope center on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00-8:00pm or Sunday afternoons from 12:00-2:00pm.
Design & 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 826NYC, 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.
Brooklyn Superhero Supply
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 De-Villainizer, Cape Tester, and more.
The store is open seven days a week from 11:00am-5:00pm, but volunteers are asked to come in three-hour shifts from 11:00am-2:00pm or 2:00pm-5:00pm.
Become a Volunteer
Ready to start volunteering? Great! We would love to have you join our team of super volunteers. Before you can begin working with 826NYC, we ask that you attend an orientation to learn about our programs and sign a volunteer contract. Once you attend the orientation and pass a background check, you’ll begin receiving our volunteer newsletter detailing all our upcoming opportunities!
As an added bonus, all 826NYC volunteers receive a 40% discount at the Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co.
To RSVP for an orientation and begin your volunteer application, just fill out this form! And if you have any questions in the meantime, feel free to email our Volunteer and Programs Coordinator, Cutter Wood, at firstname.lastname@example.org.