Join DreamBuilders in the Health and Wellness Day for the MatzoBall Run on June 6th!

DreamBuilders invites you to participate in the 17th Annual Matzohball 5K on Sunday, June 6th. By participating in this event, your efforts will benefit DreamBuilders, Grassroots and Hopeworks.

The Matzohball 5k and Howard County Family Wellness Day are bringing our community together to make wellness a priority. COVID will not stop us on Sunday, June 6, 2021, from putting on our running shoes, stepping outside and being together in spirit for the 17th Annual Matzohball 5K! On that day, even though we are virtual, we will be together, running, walking, making our health and the health of our community a priority!

In addition to offering both the Matzohball 5K run/walk and 1 Mile run at no cost to participants, Temple Isaiah will be giving 100% of all donations made through the sign-up registration process on this website to the following three charities: Grass Roots, Dream Builders and Hope Works ($65,000 donated to date). You can walk or run your own personal 5K or 1 mile course anywhere; all we ask is that you continue to maintain safe physical distancing as you run.

To register, follow this link:…/Ellicot…/Matzohball5K1MileFunRun

Track your time using a FitBit, Apple Watch, running app, or any way you want, and even upload your results to be posted on our site! You can also use the RaceJoy app to enhance your experience with real time tracking and cheers! We hope that you will join us for all of the fun beginning with our opening ceremony, live on zoom, at 8:30am that morning. But you can choose to run or walk any day or time, starting with the 9am official start on Sunday, June 6th right up through the following Sunday, June 13th.

Beneficiaries include:

DreamBuilders is an all-volunteer, interfaith community of teens and adults building homes for those in need, locally, nationally, and internationally.

Grassroots is a multi-service crisis intervention center providing 24-hour crisis intervention services, emergency and transitional shelter, and community education.

HopeWorks provides support and advocacy for people in Howard County affected by sexual and intimate partner violence and engages the community in creating the change required for prevention.

Check out County Executive Ball’s invitation to join in the fun!

DreamBuilders’ Hosting another Desk Build this Saturday, May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

DreamBuilders’ will be hosting another Portable Desk Build Volunteer day this Saturday, May 8 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Highland, MD.

We can still use some experienced individuals that can help with the assembly of the desks using a screw gun. If you would like to help out, we would appreciate it.

Visit our Volunteer Registration page to review the Covid precautions and questionnaire and complete the registration form at the bottom of the page.

Thanks for making a difference in the life of a student, your help is greatly appreciated.

Join us and help build a few desks for students in need

Tired of sitting at home during this pandemic?

Get out and join the fun while helping others! We have the wood cut, so we can really make a great impact constructing the DreamBuilders Portable Desks.

These desks have been making history, teams from all over the U.S.A. are working together as a community to help build desks for students in need.

Learn More:

Register today to help on Saturday, April 24th:…/

Register today to help on Saturday, May 1st:…

We need your help!

Cut and stacked desk pieces ready for assembly

Special Thanks to Martin and Preston

Today, DreamBuilders was pleased to accept two newly built DreamBuilders Portable Desks from Martin Raabe and Preston Lauria.

Martin and Preston, juniors in high school, experienced the fun and satisfaction of participating in the DreamBuilders Portable Desk builds last year. Together with dozens of other volunteers, more than 200 Portable Desks have been constructed.

Martin and Preston turned their garage into a woodworking workshop and spent about 6 hours on each of the desks.

The young men enjoyed the opportunity, gaining the experience to construct these desks from raw materials, but more importantly, helping other students have dedicated work stations. They enjoy woodworking, robotics, engineering, architecture and music. You can read more about Martin and Preston on their website page at:

Keep up the great work and thank you! We look forward to having you join us on future desk builds.

Preston Lauria and Martin Raabe donate desks


Many hands make light work.

Our portable desks are helping students in need throughout Maryland, and across the US!
Learn about the DreamBuilders Desk Project:

Read more from the Baltimore Jewish Times, article on DreamBuilders build desks for remote learners. Article written by: Jesse Berman

Amy Levitt (Ben Levitt) of Temple Isaiah

Portable Desk Build Volunteer Upcoming Opportunities

DreamBuilders is pleased to announce new dates to volunteer for building portable desks. The new dates shall be November 21st and December 5th from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

To register, please visit our Volunteer Registration page on our website at:

Please keep in mind there may be unforeseen reasons for the changes of our volunteer builds due to circumstances beyond our control. We appreciate your patience and understanding and we will update you as quickly as information becomes available should a change be required.


DreamBuilders Exceeds Portable Desk Build Goal

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DreamBuilders’ Leadership team and volunteers anticipated building 120 portable desks for students in the community on September 26 and October 3rd and exceeded their desired goal.

These desks will be provided to students in need in the local area to enable them to have dedicated work spaces during this time of virtual learning. In August, 100 desks were distributed and the need increased as the mandate to personally attend public schools has been extended.

A very special “thank you” to all the organization and individuals that provided materials, food, music and labor to help us accomplish this major build event.

DreamBuilders finalizing the building of 120 portable desks tomorrow

The second organized portable desk build event will be completed tomorrow with a target of 120 portable desks for students in the community.

The first group of students that received the desks have enjoyed having their own dedicated workspace and are very thankful that the DreamBuilders’ Leadership Team and Volunteers took the time to help them in their educational endeavors.

The desks will be finished and distributed within the next few weeks.

Thanks to all the volunteers that graciously gave up their weekends to help and support the next generation of leaders!