Volunteer of the Month

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SaturdayDecember 2018

Hatt Merlino has been such a welcome part of the Detroit After-School Tutoring volunteer roster. Their calm demeanor has helped set such a good tone in our tutoring space in Detroit this year. They have a unique way of engaging students in a warm and attentive way, with a sensitivity for encouraging students to complete one more math problem and also for when it’s just time to take a break and relax with a book, writing activity, or snack. You can often find Hatt writing or joking right along with the students they are working with and can often hear their laughter clearly above the tutoring lab noise. If you listen closely, you may even overhear a question to help students process through their own thinking and feelings.

 

Hatt also enjoys bridging connections within their personal network in order to help in other areas at 826michigan. Their background in music and event planning has already brought a boost to the ethos around this year’s Mittenfest planning. Their willingness to jump in where needed has been such a refreshing and welcome spirit in our spaces and their thoughtful consideration and introspection has provided so much great feedback to our programs and students directly.

 

Hatt immediately left their mark in the hearts of our staff and students. They have a contagious energy and genuine interest in each person’s well being. Hatt is so amazing, that they first heard about 826 in another state, and though they never got a chance to volunteer there, made every effort to volunteer here. They are so warm and generous in spirit; it shows from the first smile they share upon meeting you and in every interaction with students. We are beyond ecstatic to see how Hatt continues to contribute to 826michigan’s work and impact the lives of our students.

 

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ThursdayNovember 2018

Sandy Karolak is a retired teacher that spends much of her time working with various schools around the city and their students, Sandy is one of the most caring people we’ve ever met. Last year, when it came to her attention that students who needed glasses in Ms. Lowe’s class…

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MondayOctober 2018

Ben Schneedecker is the swiss army knife of volunteers. He magically seems to have all the little tools we need to keep 826michigan up and running. By day he is a coder, debunking and navigating problems into solutions and questions into answers. By night, or rather evening–and even more specifically,…

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SaturdaySeptember 2018

  Charlotte Moore began volunteering at 826michigan at the beginning of last school year. Throughout the year, Charlotte has been an all-around MVP for our 826michigan In-residence program at Estabrook Elementary. Over the course of the fall and winter semesters, she worked 1:1 and in small groups with students in…

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WednesdayAugust 2018

  Safiya Merchant joined the 826michigan volunteer team in August of 2017 and has been a non-stop force of enthusiasm, humor, and support ever since. She has helped in nearly every program in Washtenaw County (in-schools, workshops and drop-in writing, after-school tutoring, family writing laboratories), making time to work with…

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ThursdayJune 2018

“Oh, don’t tell me that. Now, I’m nervous.” This was Suzanne’s response when we let her know that our illustrator for a recent Storytelling and Bookmaking field trip was to be our good friend and 826 founder, Dave Eggers. While she has long admired Dave’s work, it is now us…

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FridayJune 2018

In the world of volunteering at 826michigan, there is sprinting and there is long-distance volunteering. Some folks are sprinters, and can volunteer for a couple of months, several times a week—but—because of other commitments in the world, or new jobs, have to reorganize their schedule and can no longer volunteer….

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FridayMay 2018

Can’t you just hear the sweeping, melodic rhythms of Pomp and Circumstance ringing out in the spring air? What a time of reflection, achievement, and completion. With graduations looming and graduates dashing around to finish credits and find gowns, it’s a bittersweet time at 826michigan–this is when we reflect on…

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WednesdayApril 2018

Once in a blue moon are we graced with volunteers like Maria Garcia. The University of Minnesota graduate is a chemist and chemical engineer. She’s also multi-faceted–she balanced her engineering course work with singing soprano in the campus choir and found time to master both French and Spanish. Maria walked…

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WednesdayFebruary 2018

Omari Baruti joined 826michigan in the fall of 2016 with the goal of leading STEM workshops in Detroit schools. To get started, he made it his mission to learn about 826 by volunteering as an after-school tutor on Liberty Street. There he has continuously helped students in all subject areas—from…

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