Volunteer of the Month

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MondayAugust 2014

Megan Gilson

A Force of Goodness: August’s Volunteer of the Month is Megan Gilson!

We have so much to say about Megan Gilson.

When Megan began her undergraduate journey at the University of Michigan, she planned to study neuroscience. Very quickly, however,  she realized that the way she most wanted to help people was to teach! She is currently in her final year of studies at the University of Michigan in the School of Education.

Megan has interned at 826michigan four semesters, helping two summers in Detroit, Ypsilanti, and Ann Arbor. She has been an all-star workshops intern for two semesters, and compiled hundreds of pieces of student writing for publication with delight. She finds true joy in reviewing student work. Her genuine love of learning and working with young people is evident in everything she does for 826michigan–which, by the way, is everything.

In addition to interning, Megan has helped us as a: field trips volunteer, Liberty Street tutor, in-school residency volunteer (where she was an integral part of the Adams Writing Club), workshops leader (designing STEM classes for young students and college prep classes for older students), Camp Michitanki Story Studio Coordinator and workshops leader (leading on-site workshops for one full week and then preparing student work for publication), and regular events volunteer and participant. Meanwhile, she balances a full schedule of classes and work. Whew! Megan does all of this and makes it look so easy.

Megan Gilson is an awesome force teaching us how to have an awesome impact in the world.

Thanks, Megan, for your supportive and generous ways with students and volunteers alike. We are grateful for your service and look forward to welcoming your students one day on a field trip!

TuesdayJuly 2014

A Weekly Wonder: July’s Volunteer of the Month is Robyn Charles! Since Robyn Charles joined our volunteer corps last December, she’s been consistently amazing us by jumping into a wide variety of tasks with remarkable alacrity. This reporter had to Google what that meant for sure before putting it into…

SundayJune 2014

A Student and a Teacher: June’s Volunteer of the Month is Ariana Orozco! One of the many (many) great things about working at 826michigan is how many truly good people you get to meet.  People who freely give of themselves and their talents. People who make commitments and follow through….

ThursdayMay 2014

A Star Behind The Scenes: May’s Volunteer of the Month is Dane Larsen! We’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about this thing a nonprofit calls “capacity building”, aka what happens behind the scenes and how that contributes to our ability to make things happen in front of the…

TuesdayApril 2014

Just the Facts: April’s Volunteer of the Month is Matt Lauer! We hear our new Volunteer of the Month, Matt Lauer, likes facts. So we thought we’d give you a few facts about Matt Lauer. FACT: Matt Lauer has been a major player in the success of the first year…

SaturdayMarch 2014

  Ruby Tuesday: March’s Volunteer of the Month is Vicky Henry! If you’ve visited our robot store, the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair in downtown Ann Arbor, you may know that the desk is staffed by a rotating cast of friendly volunteers — an elite crew known as “Robotiers”…

SaturdayFebruary 2014

In the Field: February’s Volunteer of the Month is Tom Bianchi! Tom Bianchi — also known as AT Bianchi, and as probably at least one or two more aliases — is 826michigan’s current Field Trips Intern. In this capacity, Tom coordinates two field trips a week from schools all over…

ThursdayJanuary 2014

  Our Favorite Mitten: January’s Volunteer of the Month is Autumn Maison! So. Mittenfest. Mittenfest VIII. You probably heard a fair amount about it this past month, and there’s still more to hear! Mittenfest VIII took place at Woodruff’s Bar in Depot Town Ypsilanti from December 27-31, featured donated performances…

MondayDecember 2013

  No Bull: December’s Volunteer of the Month is Ed Marsh! Ed Marsh is a volunteer who makes our whole tutoring lab light up when he walks in. Multi-talented, kind, funny, and full of intriguing stories to share, Ed has done many things since he started volunteering with us this…

FridayNovember 2013

Congratulations and thank you to our November Volunteer of the Month, Aneesha Badrinarayan! Click here to read more about her.

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