Get Involved

At the heart of 826DC is the District’s great spirit of volunteerism, and this is the force that fuels our work. From revising sonnets and illustrating centaurs to playing Ping-Pong, we have so many ways for you to help make magic happen here.


Give Time

Want to Volunteer with 826DC? We’d LOVE that.

Volunteers help us support 2,500 DC students each year! Volunteers craft and lead original writing adventures both in our space and in classrooms across DC. They support publishing projects and book releases, provide homework help, bring student stories to life, and levitate wands in our storefront.

How do I get started?

  1. Fill out the 826DC volunteer application below.*
  2. Attend a volunteer training session! We’ll get in touch with you about our upcoming training dates. This will be your opportunity to meet our staff, learn about our specific programs, and consider the various ways to work with young writers.
  3. Start the DCPS clearance process (don’t worry, we’ll explain this at the training session).
  4. Get ready to have your mind blown by some student poetry/prose.

Please note that with most of our programming happening remotely, we currently have limited capacity for new volunteers. We recommend signing up for the 826DC newsletter or following us on social media for updates as more opportunities open up! 

Note: *All 826DC volunteers must be 18 or older.

DCPS Students

Looking to fulfill your community service hours? Email us at to apply for our Student Volunteer Program.

Become an Intern at 826DC!

826DC is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals to support all aspects of our organization. Gain hands-on experience in youth development, arts education, program design and implementation, development and fundraising, communications and marketing, graphic design, and nonprofit management. Part-time and full-time positions are available. PS — We can’t wait to meet you! Visit our Internship page to see current openings and apply.

Teachers and Writers

Interested in participating in our programs? Visit our programs page to learn more about partnering with 826DC.

Become an 826DC Ambassador!

Help us and our students by spreading the love!

Become an 826DC Ambassador

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Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers who have attended a training session and have been cleared by DCPS are invited to sign up for writing adventures below.

To sign up for your first shift in Tivoli's Astounding Magic Supply Co. email

Volunteer Sign Up Calendar

Questions About Volunteering?

We're committed to helping you find the right opportunity to support our students. If you've got special circumstances or run into any issues signing up for programs, we're here to help.

Questions about volunteering?

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Just Ask

Want to work with us?

Our team of magic-makers is growing! Check out all open positions at 826DC here.

Give Money

Donate to 826DC Today!

Our impact is made possible thanks to generous supporters who believe that great leaps in learning happen with individualized attention, and that strong writing skills and creativity are fundamental to future success. A gift of any amount helps make our creative writing programs free for all students in DC. To maximize your impact, please consider making your contribution a monthly recurring gift.

Join Page Turners - Our Monthly Giving Program

Why not make yours the gift that keeps on giving? Becoming a monthly donor is the easiest and most effective way of supporting what we do. Benefits include a welcome package and an annual statement to assist in tax preparation. Plus, you'll feel great knowing that you're providing a reliable stream of funding, maximizing your impact on 826DC and our free writing programs.

Give Monthly

Matching Gifts

You may be able to double or triple the number of students you help. No, it’s not an illusion. Ask your company if they have a matching grant program and let us know when you make your gift.

Shop at Tivoli's

Find all of the magic supplies you need to become a passable illusionist or a nearly impressive mentalist. Visit us on-line OR in person. Yes. We’d especially love that. Tivoli’s Astounding Magic Supply is a critical part of our outreach and all proceeds from the store support 826DC programs.

Your support is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for helping us continue our work!