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

Volunteer with 826DC

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, offer edits, provide homework help, bring student stories to life, and even levitate wands and design products in our storefront.

Note: *All 826DC volunteers must be 18 or older and fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Proof of vaccination is required before you can join us at an 826DC program.


  1. Fill out the 826DC volunteer application below.
  2. We’ll email you and invite you to a virtual volunteer orientation.
  3. Start the DCPS clearance process (don’t worry, we’ll explain this at your orientation).
  4. Either bring us a paper copy of your proof of vaccination or email it to
  5. Get ready to have your mind blown by some student poetry/prose.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers who have attended a training session, been cleared by DCPS, and who have submitted their proof of vaccination for COVID-19 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

Another Option: Become an 826DC Ambassador!

Don’t have time to volunteer right now? You can still help us and our students by spreading the love!

Become an 826DC Ambassador

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Intern Here

826DC is looking for enthusiastic and creative individuals to support all aspects of our organization! Gain experience in youth development, arts education, program design and implementation, development and fundraising, communications and marketing, and graphic design. Part-time and full-time positions are available.

Visit our Internship page to see current openings and apply.

Work Here

We love what we do. If 826DC’s mission, work, and community resonate with you and you’d like to join this staff, you can check out all open positions at 826DC here.

826DC is an equal opportunity employer. When hiring for any position, we strongly encourage persons of color, women-identifying persons, LGBTQIA persons, and persons with disabilities to apply.

Educators, Writers, and Orgs: Let's Make Magic Happen

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

Fulfill your DCPS Community Service Hours

DCPS students, you can do your community service hours here! Email us at to apply for our Student Volunteer Program.

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!