Volunteer of the Month

Care to meet the elite team of supervolunteers whom we’ve honored over the years?

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WednesdayJanuary 2020

Over the past year, JaVaughn Perkins has spent over 80 hours engaging and connecting with our students in Detroit in our After-school Tutoring. He is a volunteer who truly shares the values that we hold here at 826michigan when working with students. JaVaughn always walks into the doors of the Detroit Robot Factory to greet everyone with a warm, welcoming demeanor, whether you’re a student, another volunteer, or a staff member. Genuinely curious and keen to learn, when he is not tutoring a student, he’s engaged in a conversation to learn more about them, getting to know the person rather than just a student. While he isn’t one for too many games, students respect his willingness to jump in wherever needed and how he keeps them on task. 

Though we’re an organization that’s centered on developing creative writing skills, our tutoring services expand beyond that. Many students come to us with homework from many subjects, from understanding the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, to collaborating on a robotics project to figure out how to make a robot move. To what shouldn’t come as a surprise by now, JaVaughn has actually done both during our after-school tutoring. It’s just another skill set that he encompasses, the ability to seamlessly move from one subject to another. 

When he’s not in the writing lab tutoring our students, he’s out keeping an eye on the Great Lakes’ water levels for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (FYI, these water levels have reached a level high this past year).

Thank you, JaVaughn, for all that you contribute to here at 826michigan. Without volunteers like JaVaughn, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do.

 

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WednesdayDecember 2019

  “Where’s Chase?” “Can I work with Chase?” These were questions that were heard frequently during our summer program, Words On Our Street. Chase Wade, one of our youngest volunteers, quickly became popular among the students there. With much calmness and patience, Chase persistently worked with the students, keeping them…

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ThursdayOctober 2019

Ninad Ahmed is a spectacular volunteer! For about 18 months, Ninad has been the most consistent retail support in our Detroit Robot Factory (other than our very own retail manager, of course). EVERY SATURDAY, Ninad drives to the Eastern Market from Sterling Heights to run his three hour shift. He…

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SundaySeptember 2019

Summer 2019 graced us with the most incredible interns ever! Here’s what makes them special. Olivia Grantham Olivia sought us out from the start. She started volunteering with our field trips program and was a strong presence for the classes of young people visiting here to write fantastic and wonderous…

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FridayJuly 2019

If you have ever talked with Lara Zielin, then you know how enthusiastic she is about writing, about Ypsilanti, about 826michigan, and about living! We are so lucky to have Lara as a long-time volunteer and board member. Many of you will recognize Lara from her recent stint as a…

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MondayJune 2019

“Can I work with Chris?!”   In our Ann Arbor After-school Tutoring Program, this is a common greeting shortly after students sign in for the day. Our June 2019 Volunteer of the Month, Chris Engers, is a beloved student favorite. Since January 2017, Chris has been an after-school tutor at…

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SaturdayMay 2019

Elizabeth Bihary is one of our newest volunteers. She has jumped right into building wonderful relationships with weE-Bots at the Detroit Public Library’s Redford branch. Although she’s not studying anything connected to education at Oakland University , she has an amazing knack for releasing our young authors from writer’s block….

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TuesdayApril 2019

Genevieve Jones is a long-time roboteer, having started volunteering with 826michigan in Ann Arbor, she has continued to bring her passion for working with young people to our Detroit space this year. Her consistency and calm has been anchoring to our tutoring space at the Detroit Robot Factory. As we…

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TuesdayMarch 2019

Josi Ezinga was an essential and indefatigable part of a small team of volunteers that hosted two classes of Erickson Writers Club in the fall. She is a super-volunteer for five classes of Writers Club this winter—two at Erickson Elementary and three at Estabrook Elementary. That’s a lot of work!…

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FridayFebruary 2019

Tom Arata is a tutoring all-star! Such a bright and caring beacon in the after-school universe that we couldn’t believe he had not yet been named VOTM (or, as we thought more about it, VoTOM!). Tom has been tutoring with our program in Ypsilanti since mid-academic year 2018, when he…

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