Volunteer of the Month

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

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ThursdayMarch 2017

In the organized chaos and logistical back-flips of a field trip, one of the most frantic aspects is the actual putting together of books written by the class. Checking of page order, orientation, not messing up the binding strip, unjamming the binding machine. But most importantly, letting students see the process. Demystifying the fact that a book is being created, and it’s not actually that difficult for students to do.
Stephanie Camilleri has become the resident publishing liaison for the Detroit Robot Factory Field Trip program, making sure students are proud of, and a part of, their finished book. For nearly every field trip in Detroit, she has walked students through the process of ordering their pages, explained how the binding machine works, and encouraged students to press the all-powerful giant green button. And the only thing more exciting than becoming a published author, is pressing a huge green button.
Stephanie also brings a thoughtful energy to the field trip program, taking note of student reactions and issues that come up, and working to address them. When students she was working with seemed fidgety, she suggested more brain breaks, acting out scenes from the story or just moving to a different part of the room. Her kindness and support of students has been a welcome and reliable force during Detroit field trips.
When she’s not helping young people press buttons, she is studying at Elementary Education and Math at Eastern Michigan University, where she learned about 826michigan through a partnership course (although she has continued to volunteer after satisfying her service learning hours). She also spends time with her beautiful pup, Kensi, (currently incapable of pressing green buttons, but hopefully soon) and training for marathons. If you see her running outside your window, be sure to say thank you from us, and congratulate her on her new Volunteer of the Month status!

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FridayFebruary 2017

When we think about what Rachel and Brad are able to do each week in our programs, with their powers combined, we simply couldn’t imagine splitting them apart — they are an incredible force for good in Washtenaw County and we couldn’t do what we do without them.

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FridayJanuary 2017

A Jill of all trades with a degree in Psychology from Ohio State University, Ani has jumped into our first semester of programming from the Detroit Robot Factory with outstretched arms and legs, like those slow-motion videos of frogs jumping from tree limb to tree limb. She has worked with students at our Wee-Bots Writing Club at the Redford Library, Boggs School After-School Writing Club, and several field trips at the Detroit Robot Factory (wearing her hard hat of course).

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ThursdayDecember 2016

If there was ever someone who embodied the concept of “whistle while you work” it is our December 2016 Volunteer of the Month Eric Anderson. Eric is a robotier, (the esteemed title reserved for our store volunteers), during the Friday evening shift at Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair. Not…

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TuesdayNovember 2016

Every literary organization and periodical has a style guide that they use to make grammar and editorial decisions. For instance, here at 826michigan, our style guide is the Chicago Manual of Style, which we all feel very loyal to. However, for this month, we are going to temporarily declare our…

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SaturdayOctober 2016

Do you ever have an enormous, looming project in front of you, the kind you can’t even believe you dreamed up, much less have plunged into? At moments, that’s what it’s felt like to be shepherding forward 826michigan’s plan to open our Detroit center. The plan was big. The plan…

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ThursdaySeptember 2016

Sometimes 826michigan feels like a magical place and it is tempting to chalk the amazing transformations that happen here up to an intangible, indefinable “magic.” The truth is that we DO know what makes magic real at 826michigan, and that is human connection (no offense, bots). This connection is made…

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MondayAugust 2016

Imagine a person with superhuman skills in an astounding array of fields, a person with an enormous heart, an ever-attuned and immensely strategic brain, and a deep well of generosity. What if this extraordinary human was a parent of two intelligent and hard-working 826michigan students? And what if she chose…

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FridayJuly 2016

A short detour here to set the stage for our July 2016 Volunteer of the Month, Cintia Huitzil, 826michigan MSW intern and Ph.D. candidate at the UM School of Social Work: Every year the 826 chapters from around the country get together for a staff development conference. As part of…

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FridayJune 2016

How could we possibly pick just ONE volunteer of the month when showcasing our Young Author’s Book Project? WE CAN’T! All five of these people were so critical to the first ever Young Author’s Book Project in Detroit that they all deserve this honor. And don’t all of the best…

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