Volunteer of the Month

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TuesdayJanuary 2018

mittenfest xii artwork by jen harley

Putting together a music festival is no easy task. Putting together a music festival where the artists donate their talents and performances for a local nonprofit organization, well that’s just plain tough. Enter the Mittenfest Booking Team. While it has seen many faces over the years, one thing is consistent: it is a group of folks donating their time, effort, and connections to create a robust and well-curated music festival that annually brings in between $15,000-$25,000 a year to support 826michigan’s programming in Ypsilanti. We are endlessly thankful for everyone that has helped book Mittenfest, including this years crew of Linda Jordan, Annie Palmer, and Davey Jones.
image of best exes by Noah Elliott MorrisonLinda Jordan, singer and guitarist for Best-Exes, has basically always been involved with Mittenfest in some way. From audience, to advocate, to artist, she now leads the team in the booking and running of the festival, though 2017 will be her final year on the booking team. We want to thank Linda for so many years of arranging the festival, and happily invite her back to be able to relax and just enjoy the show from now on. (Best-Exes photo by: Noah Elliott Morrison).

photo of little traps at mittenfest xiiAnnie Palmer, singer and guitarist of Little Traps (and many other projects past, present, and future), joined the booking committee last year and has done a marvelous job in spreading the good word of Mittenfest. Her flyering, posting daily on social media, and sending LOADS of emails from the Mittenfest team has helped remind southeast Michigan just how awesome this festival is. When not booking, she can be found handling so many cute animals at the Ann Arbor Creature Conservancy!

Photo of frontier ruckus by Noah Elliott MorrisonDavey Jones, founding member of the TEN time Mittenfest performing Frontier Ruckus, joined the booking team for the first year in 2017. Along with booking this year, he played guitar in Shuttershop and with Matt Milia. It is possible that Davey has spent more time on the Mittenfest stage than any other performer, though we’ll have to crunch the numbers to verify it. Davey also helps to energize a new cohort of banjo players as a personalized instructor through his company, Michigan Banjo.

Thank you team! As always, you did a marvelous job curating an enjoyable, eclectic, and entertaining three days of music.

FridayDecember 2017

Every month, we seek out a volunteer to highlight for their outstanding contributions to 826michigan, and each year that we grow, it becomes so much harder. Annually, we can only recognize twelve of the more than five hundred dedicated, outstanding humans who support our students each year. Closing out a…

WednesdayNovember 2017

Shiraz Ahmed is a top-notch journalist, world traveler, and outstanding volunteer. He hails from the Lone Star State’s biggest city—Houston, Texas—and has made it a point to become an active part of the Detroit community ever since he made this city his home. Shiraz began volunteering with 826michigan in 2015, consistently…

SundayOctober 2017

  Have you walked into the Liberty Street Robot Supply & Repair recently and gasped? Have you exclaimed with delight and slight confusion, “This place looks different!”? Thanks to a team of super volunteers, you can now browse 826michigan shirts and sweatshirts on a special built-in rack, try out a…

FridaySeptember 2017

If we were to make a graph to plot the points of Lillie’s contributions to 826michigan this summer, those points would be off the charts (ha!). Lillie Schneyer isn’t new to 826michigan — she’s been working with us for years, starting as an elementary school student who participated in workshops…

FridayAugust 2017

Our August 2017 Volunteer of the Month, Maggie McGuire, began volunteering in our Detroit programs this past school year and we are so thrilled she has joined our crew. We fell in love with Maggie immediately and the more we find out about her, the deeper we fall. She is…

FridayJuly 2017

Tammy Nguyen, our July 2017 Volunteer of the Month, came to us by way of our northern neighbor, Canada.* After moving to Ann Arbor with her husband, Tammy was determined to become deeply engaged in the community and build a vibrant network. We have been one of the lucky recipients…

ThursdayJune 2017

We are SO pleased to announce Bridget Gibbons as our June 2017 Volunteer of the Month! June is a month of culmination at 826michigan—so many projects are coming together into a fantastic grand finale for the end of the school year. This year is even more special as we are…

TuesdayMay 2017

A funny thing happened to Jean Leverich this week as she walked into 826michigan for the field trip: she started pondering the depths of Dr. Blotch’s complex psyche. She thought: Although Dr. Blotch often misplaces their diary during our Strange Mysteries! field trip, is there something else of equal or…

WednesdayApril 2017

There’s so much to love about the communities where we run our programs, and one of our favorite things is the partnerships we build with the academic institutions in these cities. This month we’re excited to celebrate the Academic Service Learning (ASL) students of Eastern Michigan University and the University…

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