Volunteer of the Month

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TuesdayApril 2014

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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 of our Washington Street Tutoring Lab at Ypsilanti’s beezy’s cafe. As a twice-a-week tutor, Matt is a math guru and unflappable worker-with-students — often effortlessly helping several at once. Matt’s reliability and talent as a tutor has served as an anchor for that program in these first important months of its existence.

FACT: Matt Lauer is a Robotier extraordinaire who holds down our Saturday morning shift at Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair. (A lively shift for the robots of downtown Ann Arbor!) Matt has an admirable commitment to the robot side of what we do at 826michigan, probably due in part to his day job as an electrical engineer. He is also one of the few Robotiers in our current corps who wears a lab coat during his shift, which we think is a stylish touch.

FACT: Matt Lauer has what we could colloquially call “mad hustle”. As a participant in both of our recent peer-to-peer fundraisers, this fall’s The Great Write-Off and our recent Trivia for Cheaters, Matt put in admirable effort to raise money for 826michigan’s programs (the very programs, you will recall, in which he serves so steadfastly!). It touches our robot hearts to see a volunteer with such enthusiasm for helping 826michigan in such a wide variety of ways.

FACT: Matt Lauer (our Matt Lauer) is not on The Today Show. But we would definitely watch if he were!

Matt Lauer! Thank you so much for lending us your many skills and talents. With you around, 826michigan is a better place!

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…

SundaySeptember 2013

Grant Us Strength: September’s Volunteer of the Month is Jennifer Traig! Grants: love them or hate them, they’re a necessary part of the functioning of any nonprofit organization. Our philosophy toward getting grants out the door can be summed up as “the more, the better” — it’s the way things…

ThursdayAugust 2013

    Story No-Problems: August’s Volunteers of the Month are Julie Judkins and Audie Shushan! Every Wednesday, a secret society meets in the 826michigan basement. A cabal of highly-advanced writers, led by an elite team of three. It’s called. . .Story Problems. And, okay, it’s not secret. In fact, we’re…

MondayJuly 2013

  As you’ll see throughout this month of July (also known as the Month of the Designer ’round these parts), 826michigan basically could not function without the many talented people who have donated their design skills to us over the years. Nick Mitchell is just such a talented person. Nick…

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