Volunteer with 826CHI!

Personal Info, part 1


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Personal Info, Part 2

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How You Can Get Involved

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  • After-School Tutoring & Writing: Help students one-on-one with their homework and writing. At 826CHI, Mondays-Thursdays, 3:30pm-6:30pm.
  • In-Schools Projects: Work with classes in local schools. Various schools (times vary).
  • Field Trips: Lead or assist with our creative field trips. At 826CHI, Monday-Thursdays, mornings.
  • Workshops: Assist in writing workshops all over the city.
  • Event & Outreach: Help plan readings, fundraisers, volunteer gatherings, and other 826CHI events. On- and off-site, ongoing.
  • Store: 826CHI Ambassadorship through shifts in The Wicker Park Secret Agent Supply Co. At 826CHI, ongoing.
What Is Your Availability? 

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Like our students do, it's time to put pencil to paper or fingertips to keyboards:

What follows is a question that we ask for our students' protection

And now, in small font, some words of great importance!

As a condition of volunteering, I give permission for 826CHI to conduct background checks on me, which may include (but are not necessarily limited to) reviews of sex offender registries, child abuse, and criminal history records. If I no longer wish to submit to background checks, I agree to withdraw my application from consideration (or resign my volunteer position, if already accepted). I understand that false or misleading information on this application, or the discovery of inappropriate information through my background checks, may result in 826CHI declining my volunteer application (or the termination of my volunteer position, if already accepted). I hereby release and agree to hold harmless from liability to 826CHI, the employees and volunteers thereof, or any person or organization that may provide such information. I also understand that, regardless of previous appointments, 826CHI is not obligated to appoint me to a volunteer position. If appointed, I understand that, prior to the expiration of my term, I am subject to suspension by the Staff and Board of Directors of 826CHI for violation of 826CHI policies.

Note: 826CHI will not discriminate against any person based on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Media release

While you are engage in volunteering at 826CHI, you may appear in photographs, video, or audio footage that  826CHI or 826 National may wish to use in its promotional materials (which include the  826CHI and 826 National fact books, websites, and social or online media platforms) or on the radio, or that may appear in press articles or other media about  826CHI or 826 National. These materials help provide the public with information about programs at  826CHI and are used to help  826CHI raise money to support the writing center and its programs.  Please note that although permission for use of photographs, video, or audio footage of you is voluntary, once consent is provided by signing this form, it cannot be withdrawn. Also,  826CHI is a nonprofit organization and will not be able to provide monetary compensation for the use of any photographs, video or audio footage of you. Please sign below to grant permission to use the material as follows: I hereby grant permission to  826CHI or 826 National to use my photograph, video, and/or audio footage without payment or further consideration. I acknowledge the organization’s right to crop, treat, or edit the photograph, audio, or video footage at its discretion. I acknowledge that  826CHI may choose not to use the photo or material at this time, but may do so at its own discretion at a later date. I acknowledge  826CHI will not provide monetary compensation for the photographs or material.