Volunteer of the Month

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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 this article, so can report for sure that it means “brisk and cheerful readiness”. And that’s Robyn all over!

Robyn is an accomplished and wonderful lady who has taken on two weekly shifts in our Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair, two weekly rotations in our Liberty Street Tutoring Lab, and the task of reconciling our receipts in the robot store weekly. This all means that we’ve been seeing a lot of Robyn this winter and spring, and we couldn’t be happier. As a store volunteer, she is friendly, reliable, knowledgeable, and precise. As a tutor, she is kind, wise, and has a remarkable rapport with students — particularly with some of our older students (late middle and early high school) and particularly in math and math-related subjects (something we always appreciate!).

But Robyn’s many talents don’t end there!  A skilled graphic designer, she has donated her time for projects of that nature, including our contribution to 826 National’s serial fiction project. She has also volunteered to take on the (ENORMOUS) task of type-setting our next OMNIBUS. This lady is fearless! (And we love it!)

Oh Robyn. What a pleasure it has been for us to get know you this year, and we look forward to working with you for many months to come. Thank you so much for all your contributions to 826michigan! With you around, we are a better place.

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.

TuesdayOctober 2013

  Power Tutors: October’s Volunteers of the Month are Terra Reed and Cole Grisham! There’s a lot to love about summer, but as an organization based on education, it’s hard for us not to prefer fall. Fall! Not only do all the regular causes for celebration apply — there are…

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