Supporter of the Month

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

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, and our friends writing about it HERE and HERE, but we have to admit—it’s nothing we’ve done all by ourselves. A ton of amazing volunteers, stupendous donors, and superb community partners have made our second permanent center possible.

This outstanding October, we are delighted to acknowledge the fabulous folks of Google Ann Arbor for all they do to support 826michigan’s work across the region, and their significant contribution to the opening of the Detroit Robot Factory. The fact is, Google Ann Arbor has donated SO VERY MUCH FURNITURE to the Detroit Robot Factory. That’s tables and chairs and bookcases to get our staff offices set up, plus tables to start furnishing our student writing and tutoring lab, PLUS entire storage cabinets to hold the phenomenal writing of our students (as it waits for you to come and purchase copies of it for your at-home library). Their contribution has gotten us well on our way to get the Detroit Robot Factory ready for our students!

Google Ann Arbor Volunteers

But dear friends, Google Ann Arbor’s generosity doesn’t end there. Way before they cleared out an entire office for our Detroit students, they whisked down the road from their corporate suites in downtown Ann Arbor to Liberty Street Robot Supply and Repair for some direct volunteering in the writing lab! Our local Googlers cleaned and organized our beloved dungeon (where Dr. Blotch keeps all the best robot writing supplies), and prepped chapbook after chapbook for their student authors. Beyond that, several Google Ann Arbor employees have chosen to support 826michigan with regular monetary gifts that Google then matches, dollar for dollar, doubling the impact of each employee donation. Google’s investment in 826michigan’s work and the creative development of our students has made a true difference. We are grateful for their continuous sharing of time and treasures to support our students and their growth.

Thank you Google Ann Arbor, for your fantastic commitment to 826michigan. We appreciate all you do and celebrate your work as our October 2016 Supporter of the Month!



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…

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…

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