Supporter of the Month

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

ThursdayDecember 2016

students and their teacher pose in front of the DRF logo

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 in a few extra gears just before the start of the holiday season to help us complete the Detroit Robot Factory.

IMG_3148Eighty-seven stupendous supporters donated a whopping $28,274 to our 826 Hours Challenge Campaign via Indiegogo between October 5 and November 10! Those dollars have nearly the double the impact as the Richard C. and Barbara C. Van Dusen Family Fund matched gifts dollar for dollar up to $25,000. Even before the 826 Hours were up, eighty-seven people generously gave what they could, according to their ability, and helped us secure a grand total of $53,274 to open 826michigan’s second permanent writing center for students across the region.

We have certainly done our best to make great use of those funds, friends. Each week since November 18, we have welcomed entire public school classrooms into our writing lab to encounter our cantankerous publisher Dr. Blotch for a Storytelling and Bookmaking Field Trip. As our talented young writers always do, each class has blown Dr. Blotch away by writing story endings more engrossing than the ones before, soothing Dr. Blotch’s cranky temperament and saving the day. In January 2017, we will offer free on-site writing workshops and free after-school tutoring.students in the DRF hard at work

These dollars also ensured that the Detroit Robot Factory—our new Eastern Market retail shop—was ready to open on December 3rd. The DRF is finally in full operation mode, friends—and you’re invited to visit (often!) to experience some unique special additions to the Detroit Robot Factory store. We’re talking hard copy books on demand—at the push of a button! Cyborgs! Authorship at age nine for thousands of students in Detroit! Thanks to your support, when students step into 1351 Winder in the Eastern Market, the boundaries between reality and science fiction will be further expanded.

Thank you to each and every one of our 87 Indiegogo donors for believing in 826michigan, and thank you so much more for investing in our students. We exist for them and nothing we do can be done without you! Happy 2016!

students at the DRF show off their work


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,…

ThursdaySeptember 2016

The Detroit Public Library is an invaluable resource for the entire region, providing books, educational programs, and community events, to all who enter its doors. Of the twenty-two Branch locations across the city, 826michigan is privileged to have offered programs at five of them—Campbell, Franklin, Redford, Skillman, and the Main….

MondayAugust 2016

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…

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…

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