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.

All 826LA volunteers must complete a background check via Live Scan fingerprinting service (you can learn more about our Live Scan process here). We now offer the Live Scan background check service at the Volunteering 101 orientation for $20. If you would prefer to complete your Live Scan off-site, it can cost anywhere from $20-25.

If you would like to complete your Live Scan at the Volunteering 101, please bring a valid photo ID and a form of payment for $20. We highly recommend that you pay with cash or check. There will be an additional 2.75% processing fee for credit card payments.

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 in:
Echo Park 213-413-3388 or Mar Vista  310-915-0200


Apr 06

Volunteering 101 – Echo Park

April 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Apr 14

Volunteering 101 – Mar Vista

April 14 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Apr 20

Volunteering 101 – Mar Vista

April 20 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
May 04

Volunteering 101 – Echo Park

May 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
May 18

Volunteering 101 – Mar Vista

May 18 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Sign up for an orientation by filling out this form:

Volunteer Orientation

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


High school students ages 16+ are invited to volunteer for some of our programs. For details, including volunteering as part of an externship or community service program offered by your high school, please contact Jennie Najarro in Mar Vista or Mariesa Arrañaga Kubasek in Echo Park.


To learn more about our seasonal internships, click here.