Volunteer of the Month

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FridayDecember 2014

miguel and pat

All sources agree: Pat Gold is PURE GOLD. True to her name, she really does seem to have the Midas Touch (in the good sense); everything she touches turns to sparkles and magic.

For the past two school years, Pat has been a fixture at our Creative Writing Club at Adams STEM Academy in Ypsilanti. In fact, we have been able to start offering the club TWICE a week this year, in large part due to her consistent support and dedication.

A retired Detroit Public Schools teacher, Pat has educating coded into her DNA. Everyone who has the chance to work side-by-side with her marvels at the way she is able to encourage even the most reluctant writers and pull amazing ideas out of students who had been previously stumped.

Our AmeriCorps Vista, Hannah Rose, has been volunteering with Pat this fall. She notes: Pat is the most patient while working with really challenging students. She has a steadfast coolness and manages to ask just the right questions to spark creativity. For example, one student, Dakota, who was completely resistant and all over the place, actually wrote several pieces by the end of the period after working with Pat.

Pat also helps at other events and programs, including helping as a Traveling Editor for our Young Authors Book Project last year. She bonded so well with one of our writers, Miguel, that he specifically invited her to attend the release party, which she of course did. In fact, you can see the photogenic Pat and Miguel duo featured on the front of our annual appeal.

Pat also has an adorable dog named Dalai (for good karma), makes up wonderful nicknames, and consciously sends her good energy out into the world every single day. We could not be more grateful to have Pat Gold in the 826 community. She makes our lives . . . more golden!


WednesdayOctober 2014

Since October 2013, Barb has been a model Robotier in our store on weekday mornings. She brings the words reliable, friendly, and helpful to new heights. Sometimes staff pause what we are doing on the other side of the curtain to listen to Barb greet customers and families, because it…

ThursdayOctober 2014

Sarah is a rock star student in the School of Education at the University of Michigan. Last spring, she held a store shift and served students in the Adams Creative Writing Club as a volunteer. This summer, she took her commitment to 826michigan to the next level, as an intern. This…

MondaySeptember 2014

Christopher Ankney is a phenomenal part of the 826michigan volunteer team. For nearly two years, he has served in our robot shop as a robotier, treating the store as if it were his very own–during his TWO separate store shifts. He is so dedicated in fact, that he spent his…

MondayAugust 2014

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…

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”…

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