Volunteer of the Month: Nathaniel Bisson


February 4, 2015


Four years ago, Nathaniel Bisson went through volunteer orientation at 826NYC and was promptly sucked into the “volunteer trifecta”: field trips in Park Slope, tutoring in Williamsburg, and Summer Filmmaking on the mean streets all over Brooklyn. A regular presence at the Williamsburg satellite center, he can also be spotted by film buffs making appearances in some of the 826NYC’s most celebrated productions. 
 
1. How did you first get involved with 826NYC and why did you decide to volunteer?
 
I first became aware of Project826 as Creative Director at Scholastic, when we collaborated with the national chapter. After leaving Scholastic, and a stint in LA, I returned to New York to discover that 826NYC had launched, and I inquired about volunteer opportunities. I realized that the essential combination of kids & books was too ingrained in me to leave behind completely.
 
2. What’s your favorite part of volunteering at 826NYC?
 
My absolute favorite part has been watching & helping the Williamsburg drop-in tutoring center grow. We now see the younger siblings and cousins of the first kids who showed up five years ago, and we’ve gotten to know their parents, too. It’s like a large semi-well-behaved extended family.
 
3. What do you do when you’re not at 826NYC?
 
I manage and sing with the Grace Church Choral Society, and I am studying spanish at the Instituto Cervantes. I think being a student of music and language keeps me grounded when it comes to helping kids with homework.
 
4. What advice would you give a new volunteer?
 
If you can, try all of the volunteer opportunities that 826NYC has going on. Each offers a different experience and requires a different set of skills. You’ll find your niche.
 
5. What are your super powers?
 
I’ve always modeled my powers on the Toad: remaining calm, blending in, being persistent, and projecting a humbleness that is belied by a secret wish to be elevated to full-blown Prince.