826michigan volunteers provide one-on-one homework help, teach creative writing, and work the counter in Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair, among many other essential tasks.

Help shape the future: volunteer with 826michigan!

Remote Volunteering

In April 2020, 826michigan’s programs transitioned to a distance-learning format for the health and safety of our students, volunteers, and staff. We still need your engagement and look forward to having you join us virtually now and also when we are able to resume in-person programs. Click here for more information about what we’re doing in a distance environment.

About Volunteering at 826michigan

Volunteers are the heart and soul of what we do.

We are endlessly proud of our volunteers, who serve as ambassadors to the community, mentors to our students, and technicians to our robots. We hope that our organization benefits everyone involved. Not just students and teachers, but also our indispensable and unstoppable volunteer force. Join us, won’t you, in supporting the academic success and inspiring the imaginations of the young people in your community. Stepping forward to engage meaningfully with your community is awesome, and we believe that when we all work together, we can create lasting change.

826michigan offers a lot of opportunities for students, which means there are a lot of opportunities for volunteers. All of our programs require dedicated and responsible volunteers who can be available to students as the specific program requires. Thanks to our amazing, engaged, dedicated volunteer community, we are able to provide free, high-quality writing programming to over 3,000 students each year. 826michigan volunteers feed into the creation of a vibrant and wildly inspired safe place for young people. We build our creative writing and literacy programs to be actively anti-racist and trauma-informed, and we focus on creating humanizing settings for young people to explore the power of their voices. 

“826michigan is one of the few organizations you can volunteer with and see immediate results—because you see the excitement, joy, and relief on students’ faces when they finally get something they’ve been working so hard on in tutoring.”

–Tutor Kelly Mendenhall

Volunteer Onboarding Roadmap

*Volunteers must be at least 18 years of age.*


Join us: fill out a volunteer application!


You can also learn about our internship program, volunteer activities, and our esteemed volunteers of the month.

Are you representing a large group with interest in a day-long volunteer project? Because we aim to offer our students access to well-seasoned tutors whom our staff has had a chance to train and evaluate and to also offer them the great benefit of consistent support, 826michigan typically offers only long-term, individual volunteer opportunities. However, we can occasionally organize an opportunity for a group, especially if the group volunteer project is not student-centric. Opportunities like these are available sporadically so we can’t ensure that we’ll be ready with such a project when your group is ready to serve. If you’d like to explore whether your circumstances would be a fit for this kind of service, please email frances@826michigan.org.

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