Get Involved


A group of volunteers at 826's five-year anniversary celebration

A group of volunteers at 8/26 Day 2007, a community festival celebrating our fifth anniversary

Volunteers are the heart and soul of our programs. Because we offer more than 4,000 hours of programming every year and produce an ever-increasing volume of books, magazines, and newspapers, we truly need you. The good news is that you can help out with any program that fits your schedule! If you have more time and are looking for an extensive volunteer experience, consider an 826 Valencia internship. If tutoring is not your thing, we are always looking for volunteers to work behind-the-scenes. See below for more information.

Requirements for working with youth

Prospective 826 tutors must be:

  • Available between  8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday
  • Eighteen years of age or older*
  • Able to provide or obtain proof of a negative TB test from within the past four years
  • Willing to submit to a background check
  • Excited about supporting the development of young learners!

If you answered yes to all of the questions above, it sounds like volunteering your time and skills as an 826 tutor would be a great fit for you!

*High school students between the ages of 16 and 18: If you are interested in working with 826 Valencia as part of an externship or community service program offered by your school, please contact Volunteer and Internship Manager Olivia White Lopez at for more information.

Professional services: Please feel free to skip to the bottom of the page for more information about design or photography volunteer opportunities at 826 Valencia.

Corporate Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteering as a group is great — not only because it’s a fun way of getting involved, but also because it provides a great team-building opportunity for coworkers to interact outside their usual environment. If your company offers opportunities for its employees to take a few hours out of their working day to give back to the community, we’d love to host you! Volunteer groups of 5–20 people can assist in 826 Valencia’s programs: Field Trips, After-School Tutoring, and at Buena Vista Horace Mann Annex. Please contact Programs and Volunteer Coordinator Claudia Sanchez at if you’d like to learn more about group volunteering opportunities at 826 Valencia.

Tutoring Opportunities

(Already a registered volunteer? Log in and visit the calendar to sign up for projects.)

Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trips

Monday through Thursday
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Classes from public schools around San Francisco visit us for a morning of high energy learning about the craft of storytelling. Field trips always need enthusiastic volunteers up-front and behind-the-scenes to make the experience come to life. We need artists to live-illustrate, typists, and leaders to facilitate the writing process. We also need printing and bookbinding support.

After-School Tutoring

2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday through Thursday
2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

After-School Tutoring is a homework-help program, so you will get to flex your math, science, and writing muscles. Tutoring allows you to work a regular schedule and get to know a bunch of awesome students and volunteers.

Buena Vista Horace Mann Annex

Monday through Thursday
4:05 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

826 Valencia is excited to be offering focused writing support to 3rd, 4th & 5th graders at Buena Vista Horace Mann, a bilingual K–8 school in the Mission District. If you enjoy writing and want to help kids build essential skills, the BVHM Annex might be the program for you!

In-School Projects

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

If you’re looking to provide writing support to teachers and students in the classroom, and have a flexible schedule, our in-schools programs may be the place for you. We partner with teachers in San Francisco to craft unique writing projects designed to teach specific journalistic, expository, or creative writing skills to students, and most result in a publication that we sell in our Pirate Store.

Leading Workshops

Evenings and Weekends

If you have expertise in a field that involves writing, and some background working with young people, you might be a fit to teach an evening or weekend workshop. The topics range from SAT-prep to jazz poetry to science writing. Whatever your area of interest, our staff will work with you to perfect your lesson plan and execute your workshop. To propose a workshop you would like to host, please email with details, ideas, and questions.

Behind-the-Scenes Volunteer Opportunities

Design, Illustration, and Photography

We are always in need of experienced creative professionals to help with publications, marketing materials, window displays, and Pirate Store products. We also frequently need professional photographers to document our events and programming. To help with publishing, marketing and photography, please email To volunteer with the Pirate Store for product design or window display artistry, please email Be sure to include your résumé and a link to your portfolio.

Editing and Translation

We take our students’ writing seriously, so we give it the full treatment of professional publishing. A handful of books and projects throughout the year pass by the eyes of professional copyeditors before hitting the presses, and many of our student publications and marketing materials are published in both English and Spanish to most effectively reach our community. To volunteer as a copyeditor or translator, please email your résumé to

Your exciting new life as an 826 volunteer awaits.

Sign up to get started.

Once you’ve gone through our orientation process and training, you’ll be an official part of our team and can sign up online for whatever projects pique your interest.