Volunteer of the Month

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WednesdaySeptember 2015

Alyssa Lopez

Alyssa Lopez asked us something during her internship in the summer of 2014 that stopped many a heart mid-beat: I love doing data entry–are there any other projects like this I can do? There are many important roles that 826michigan volunteers take on when it comes to our programs, and one of them is the behind-the-scenes work of registering, tabulating, and organizing information to keep things on track and safe. Alyssa has processed information tirelessly for 826, and she has done so with precision and glee, and in her characteristic relaxed way that makes us all feel that everything’s going to be just fine, as long as Alyssa is there to help.

Alyssa has been a volunteer with 826michigan since January 2013 and has helped a regular tutor on Liberty Street, a drop-in writing leader and summer intern, and of course, as a behind-the-scenes-data-entering-application-processing-background-checking- wizard and a dedicated Ambassador and supporter of all things 826. Because Alyssa has helped in so many ways, we developed a habit of calling on her for special needs that would pop up from time to time — substitute tutoring or workshops intern? End of year data entry crunch? Tabling at that event? Yes, yes, and yes, Alyssa jumps in always and anywhere she is needed. Even when she was working two jobs and taking a full load of classes at U of M, Alyssa found a way to help 826, by doing off-site data entry and typing of student work when she had free time.

Alyssa is a caring, creative, funny, and–you probably guessed this–incredibly organized teacher; she recently also found time to design and teach a wildly successful scary stories workshop for our students, showing them how writers build suspense using the clever model of cat videos from the internet. We know these attributes (and her knowledge of cat videoes) will serve her well in the future; a recent graduate of U of M, Alyssa just moved to a new location, joining City Year Detroit as a corps member. We are so proud of you, Alyssa, and so grateful for all that you have done and continue to do to keep 826michigan running!


SaturdayAugust 2015

Jeff is a scientist and a musician, but it’s impossible to label him with just a few words, or for that matter, with just a few 826michigan programs.  For example, while he has taught multiple STEM-based writing workshops for us (Busting Bat Myths, Do You Dig It, and Sound and…

WednesdayJuly 2015

Noelle Sciarini, Volunteer Extraordinaire We often have folks come to us, wondering if there are volunteer opportunities for those who work nine-to-five, full-time-style jobs. We show them a picture of Noelle Sciarini, our July Volunteer of the Month.Okay, we don’t actually do that, but we COULD, because Noelle has found so many…

TuesdayJune 2015

Sometimes we celebrate more than one volunteer in a month, and usually it is because they work closely together in a program, are related by blood, or are married. This month, we have paired two volunteers who don’t have any of these in common—but they DO happen to share a last…

MondayMay 2015

  There is the League of Superheroes and there is Dumbledore’s Army and there is the Dead Poet’s Society and then, above them all, is the special triumvirate of Liberty Street Tutoring Interns, Katie, Ricky, and Emma. Every day Monday through Thursday these three important people make our program run,…

WednesdayApril 2015

If you’ve been to Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, you have likely encountered—perhaps even interacted with—the art of Elaine Reed, April’s Volunteer of the Month. RightBot, our human-sized robot not only displays faces of our students and recites the digits of Pi every five minutes*, it also provides endless…

WednesdayMarch 2015

“I’ll be cold for you.” These five words effectively sum up the amount of dedication and eagerness to help that our Volunteer of the Month, Cat Batsios, offers to the Detroit team. When it was uncertain if there would be enough support during a volunteer orientation session on a treacherously…

WednesdayFebruary 2015

  While a lot of 826 volunteers participate in many different programs, it seems that most have a favorite program, that is near and dear to their hearts. I think it is safe to say that Abby Ruehlmann, February 2015′s Volunteer of the Month, has found her favorite program at…

WednesdayJanuary 2015

One of the magical things about Lucy Huber (and trust us, there are MANY) is that she first came to 826michigan by way of another incredible 826er, Katie Jones, who left Michigan to pursue her graduate degree in writing in North Carolina. We had no idea how we would carry…

FridayDecember 2014

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…

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