Supporter of the Month

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

MondayAugust 2016

the lunch room logo

Inside 826michigan’s writing and tutoring lab on Liberty Street, The Lunch Room makes mouths and hearts water. It’s because the inviting eatery serves up a bountiful portion of community giving along with its delectable vegan fare. Last month, for five Saturday night dinner services in a row, restaurateurs Phillis Engelbert and Joel Panozzo donated a whopping ten percent of their night’s proceeds to 826michigan. That’s an outstanding show of generosity from any business, but especially a restaurant that just celebrated its third birthday. Impressively, The Lunch Room’s commitment to giving doesn’t just stop with the students and robots at 826michigan, it’s embedded into the fabric of the restaurant’s operational makeup. Our 3,600 students are simply the latest beneficiaries of a business that in its own words, “embraces freedom, creativity, fun, egalitarianism, social justice, and community.

food at the lunch roomThat said, The Lunch Room’s generosity to our students alone is reason enough to eat there, but we can enthusiastically report that our entire staff regularly gathers in The Lunch Room because we like it! With 826michigan’s omnivorous staff still slightly outnumbering those fully committed to vegetarian and vegan consumption, that’s a big deal. Once again, you don’t have to simply take our word for it–the proof is in the expanded offerings of The Lunch Room’s vegan delights. There’s the restaurant and bar that 826michigan typically visits just around the way in Kerrytown, and a bakery and cafe located inside Ann Arbor’s Huron Towers.

Whenever you give them a visit, (which we hope is really soon), let them know 826michigan sent you. We’re so grateful for all they do for our students and community and look for many different ways to tell them so.

Cheers and more cheers to The Lunch Room, 826michigan’s August 2016 Supporter of the Month!



FridayJuly 2016

Stroh’s. For most, the name calls to mind the spectacular beer dynasty that was founded in Detroit in 1850 and operated for more than 100 years. For 826michigan though, it invokes thoughts of an artist and author who has decided to use her creative gifts to make a tangible impact…

FridayJune 2016

With great joy, we celebrate and acknowledge the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs! Their grant programs and awards to 826michigan have helped make our free writing and publishing programs possible for school-aged students in Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit. The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA)…

SundayMay 2016

  826michigan is able to offer free writing and tutoring programs to more than 3,200 students across Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti, and Detroit because of the tremendous generosity of individuals and the enthusiastic support of businesses throughout all three communities. Alley Bar is one such business. This year, Alley Bar has…

FridayApril 2016

Choosing only one Supporter of the Month–every single month–is super difficult in the best possible way. Every three weeks or so, 826michigan staff wrestle over which business or community champion to single out for their tremendous contribution to our students. You might imagine that we’ve amassed a huge circle of…

MondayFebruary 2016

The Ann Arbor District Library provides access to incredible resources and programs in Washtenaw County, and they just happen to be our neighbor, community partner, and friend. This month, we are delighted to recognize the outstanding work of the AADL and how their partnership with us has helped so many…

FridayFebruary 2016

It’s a balmy evening at the end of January in Detroit, Michigan—40 degrees at 6:00 pm. For locals, it’s a refreshing break from the Michigan mid-winter frost. One bold soul walks down the street in shorts and without a coat as children trickle into an old storefront to write stories….

TuesdayFebruary 2016

We are bursting with pride to be a 2015 Knight Arts Challenge Detroit grant winner and honor the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation for their support of our students. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation has been a tremendous partner in helping 826michigan complete our expansion…

WednesdayJanuary 2016

Art education and public engagement are the center of life in the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit. This becomes apparent in the “living canvas” that is MOCAD’s ever-changing facade and the tremendous public programs led by museum staff, local artists, and teens from the Detroit community. The Museum of Contemporary…

SundayDecember 2015

Tyler Weston, Ypsilanti Real Estate Guy Standing 6 feet 7 inches tall in a city that’s only 4.26 square miles makes it difficult not to notice Tyler Weston –a community-minded residential and commercial realtor, captain of the Ypsilicious basketball team, founder of the Washington Street (Cleanup) Club, and creator of…

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