Supporter of the Month

Care to meet the generous people and businesses whom we’ve honored as 826michigan Supporters of the Month?

FridayJuly 2017

826michigan serves thousands of students across the region. Last year, we reached nearly 4,000 young writers in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit—before the Detroit Robot Factory even opened. Having now completed five months of full-time service across TWO 826michigan centers—–Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair and the Detroit Robot Factory—–it feels safe to assume that hundreds more students have benefited from our programming this year, with many more to come.

Importantly though, 826michigan does not make such wide-reaching impact by ourselves. There are hundreds of volunteers who work alongside our students, so many donors who give generously to ensure that our programs remain free for every student and teacher who experiences them, and some fabulous community partners that help introduce 826michigan and our work to friends we may not have met without their support.

826michigan water bottle at Literati Coffee. Designed by Natalie Marion.

This month, we celebrate three of those fantastic community partners. They also happen to be outstanding Ann Arbor-based businesses. Literati Bookstore sells a number of our student titles, often providing prime display space for the books. Incredibly, the support doesn’t just end there. Most recently, Literati Coffee worked with our staff and the incredible illustrator/graphic designer Natalie Marion to create custom water bottles to sell in their bookstore coffeeshop. 100 entire percent of the profits from these water sales will go to 826michigan! You can even go buy a bottle at this very moment. Outstanding, right?

lunch at spencer


Now consider our next door neighbor, Spencer. It’s a fantastic restaurant worth writing about even if they didn’t dream up ways to also help our students. Still, just a couple of months ago, they donated all wine profits from a pretty awesome wine tasting event to our work and programs! It was a delicious evening, all for the benefit of our students. And the cheeses—superb!


Lucky's Market Logo

Finally—but certainly not least–—Lucky’s Market spent the FIRST FIVE MONTHS OF 2017 encouraging their shoppers to donate to us at every aisle in their checkout. It’s a super cool honor we shared with two other fabulous nonprofits. Most incredibly, the opportunity is one that Lucky’s Market imagined first. The store even had regional staff from as far as Ohio come in to visit LSRS&R to better understand our work, our students, and how Lucky’s Market can continue to invest in our 826michigan community. What additional terrific reasons to shop in an already great store!

We are so fortunate to reach students in three different, amazing, Michigan cities where the businesses that surround our spaces and students are just as awesome as the families we serve. Thank you, Literati Bookstore, Spencer, and Lucky’s Market for being such enthusiastic partners in our work. We are thrilled to honor you each as our July 2017 Supporters of the Month!

ThursdayJune 2017

  One of the best things about running an 826 chapter in southeast Michigan is our proximity to the wonderful Zingerman’s Community of Businesses. In addition to fresh, locally-sourced, endlessly mouthwatering foods, Zingerman’s offers top-notch professional development through ZingTrain, and regularly gives back to the local community through community partnerships….

SaturdayMay 2017

Love and light—those are the two words that come to mind when we think of Juan Martinez. His art is magical and his spirit overflows with warmth and kindness. We’re super fans. In our estimation, Juan is quite simply, a hero. With some specifics, our Executive Director Amanda Uhle would…

TuesdayApril 2017

This April, we celebrate the Galens Medical Society for its much needed and substantial contribution to transportation funds in support of our Field Trips program. The Galens Medical Society has existed for more than a century to not only bridge the gap between medical students and medical faculty, but to…

ThursdayMarch 2017

Friends, we are overjoyed to honor the Michigan Masonic Charitable Foundation as this month’s Supporter of the Month. There are several reasons why of course, but it is especially timely to recognize their contribution to our work in the heart of winter tutoring season. Most notably, the Michigan Masonic Charitable…

WednesdayFebruary 2017

It may be easy to assume that 826michigan’s community is filled with fans of literary journals. That assumption is totally correct. There are several this writer reads frequently, particularly because literary journals are the keepers of incredible writing by many authors who are mere steps from hitting the NYT bestsellers…

MondayJanuary 2017

There are few better ways to begin a new year than to say THANKS SO MUCH to those who offer us their invaluable support. To kick off 2017, we want to send out a rousing cheer to the Yelp Foundation for its gift of $3,000 to 826michigan! It’s a gift…

ThursdayDecember 2016

So much of 2016 has been a celebration of the outstanding growth into which 826michigan has expanded—thanks in part to the consistent and enthusiastic support of friends like you. To end this action-packed year, we could think of no better Supporter(s) of the Month to honor than all who pitched…

TuesdayNovember 2016

We’ve been talking about it a lot lately, but we’re so thrilled to have finally opened the Detroit Robot Factory!e It’s been eleven years in the making and we are bursting at the seams in anticipation of the many students who will join us soon to craft the next generation…

SaturdayOctober 2016

October 2016 will forever stand as one of our favorite months in the entire history of 826michigan because it’s the month when we FINALLY got to cut the ribbon to the Detroit Robot Factory! It’s no secret that we’re thrilled about it, as evidenced by our talking about it HERE,…

Liberty Street Robot
Supply & Repair
115 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 761-3463
Detroit Robot Factory
1351 Winder
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 818-0255