Maybe you’ve found yourself lost in time at The Time Travel Mart. Or perhaps you’ve chatted with a volunteer or read about 826LA’s free programs. Whatever has brought you to this point, you’ve decided you want to be a part of 826LA. You’ll be happy to hear that we’ve been waiting for this moment to arrive. Welcome to 826LA’s volunteer force.

“I first heard about the amazing work 826LA was doing through a dear friend. I signed up immediately when I learned about the wonderful opportunity to share my passion for writing, social justice, and working with youth. I am thrilled to be a part of such a dedicated and caring team of folks doing transformative and necessary work in so many communities.”
—Sophia, 826LA volunteer


If you want to become a volunteer with 826LA, our Volunteering 101 orientation is the first place to start! During Volunteering 101 you’ll get information about the history and mission of 826LA, hear about our programs, learn tips for being an effective 826LA volunteer, watch a fun and informative video, receive our Volunteer Handbook, get registered as a volunteer, and of course be able to ask us any and every question you might have about 826LA, our programs, working with students, and the space-time continuum.

After Volunteering 101, you’ll complete an off-site background check (you can learn more about our Live Scan process here and access the form here), and once everything is clear, you’ll receive a welcome email and a link to our online Projects Calendar, where all 826LA volunteers can sign up for upcoming projects.

To find a Volunteering 101 session, just check out our calendar and sign up below!

You can also call us at 213.413.3388 (Echo Park) or 310.915.0200 (Mar Vista).


Sat 21

Volunteering 101 – Echo Park – CLOSED

January 21 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Thu 26

Volunteering 101 – Manual Arts

January 26 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Sat 28

Volunteering 101 – Mar Vista — CLOSED

January 28 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Wed 01

Volunteering 101 – Manual Arts

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sat 04

Volunteering 101 – Echo Park – CLOSED

February 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Sign up for an orientation by filling out this form:

Volunteer Orientation

    This Volunteering 101 is not restricted to, but highly encouraged for, individuals interested in volunteering in the 826LA Writers’ Room at Manual Arts High School.

Make sure to bring a valid photo ID and any questions you may have.

To learn more about volunteering at our Writers’ Room at Manual Arts High School, please contact T Sarmina (tsarmina@826LA.org or 559.544.0265).


To volunteer at 826LA, you must be at least 16 years of age. Volunteers who are still in high school, or who are under 18, can only volunteer for after-school tutoring (offered throughout the school year) and our English Language Learner Summer Camp. If you are interested in working with 826LA as part of an externship or community service program offered by your high school, please contact Lauren Humphrey (lauren@826LA.org) in Mar Vista or Mariesa Arrañaga Kubasek (mariesa@826LA.org) in Echo Park.


To learn more about our seasonal internships, click here.