Volunteer of the Month

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WednesdayOctober 2014
Barb MacKenzie
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 is JUST SO LOVELY.

In addition to her regular store shift, Barb always jumps in to help with special programs and events. She brings her poise, calm, and problem-solving skills to Family Writing Nights in Ypsilanti, in-school workshops, book releases, fundraisers, and community outreach events. Even with projects that are difficult for most volunteers to manage, we can count on Barb to get up early, stay late, or do whatever is necessary.

Barb has also been known to don a lab coat and help students roll giant die, interrogate suspects, and write wonderful poems and stories during field trips.

You know what else about Barb? Students LOVE her. They just do. She has that natural rapport and authenticity that causes everyone around her to fall for her.

One last thing: Barb once heard through the grapevine that Frances is a huge fan of lentil soup and she brought in a container of the most delicious lentil soup to share! This highlights one of our favorite attributes of Barb: she is so darn thoughtful. Barb is always checking in with other volunteers about their experiences and finding creative and generous ways to be supportive of her compatriots.

Thank you, Barb! We appreciate you!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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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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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…

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