June Volunteer of the Month: Orli Matlow

News —— June 3, 2024

We’re excited to introduce you to our June Volunteer of the Month, Orli Matlow! Orli started volunteering with us at the beginning of the 2023-2024 school year with our middle schoolers, and brings her excitement into the classroom every week. Learn more about Orli by reading her interview below:

826NYC: How did you first get involved with 826NYC and why did you decide to volunteer?

Orli: I began volunteering during the 2023 Writers Guild of America strike. Looking for inspiration and a way to engage with creativity, I found the community and was reminded of why I love writing in the first place!

826NYC: What’s your favorite part of 826NYC?

Orli: The students’ enthusiasm! I am inspired by the students’ lack of hesitation when diving into a new project or prompt. They brainstorm ideas during the allotted time, but when it’s time to write, they dive right in, and it’s a quality I try to channel when I am doing my own writing and faced with a blinking cursor.

826NYC: What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?

Orli: I’m a comedy writer and performer whose work spans standup, commercials, and even a docuseries about the Cold War. I also host trivia, teach standup workshops to teens and older adults, and try my best to keep up with Marvel movies and Broadway shows.

826NYC: What advice would you give a new volunteer?

Orli: Ask the students questions! More often than not, they’re happy to share what they’re looking at on their phones before class, and I’ve learned a lot about hairstyling and soccer moves!

826NYC: What are your superpowers?

Orli: Puns, trivia, and song lyric retention, including “We Didn’t Start the Fire.”

Want to support our students this summer? Sign up for a volunteer orientation today!