Our troops of dedicated, playful, and brilliant volunteers are the backbone of our organization. In addition to helping us run every single student program, volunteers serve as lead spies in our Secret Agent Supply Co, write a grant here and there, design posters and web sites, stuff 193 envelopes, and so much more. We're always seeking enthusiastic folks to join our family.

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We Can't Wait To Meet You!

We are thrilled to have your support whenever you are able to offer it. Some programs require a weekly, bi-weekly, or semester-long commitment, but we strive to honor whatever time you are able to give us—be that once a week, once a month, or once a year. Read on to learn about the application and orientation process...we hope to see you soon!

Application Process

  1. Apply now — volunteers must be 18+.
  2. Attend a New Volunteer Orientation. Learn all about volunteering at 826. Be amazed.
    Please note: We hold orientations monthly throughout the school year
  3. Go about your normal routine as 826CHI staff perform a standard background check. If all goes well, you can start volunteering right away.
  4. Receive volunteer opportunities through bi-weekly emails, which cover all of our current programming and organizational needs.
  5. Sign up for volunteer opportunities through our online calendar.
  6. Start changing lives! The students' and your own.