Sign up for “Desks for Kids” Work Days: August 1st or 8th

Wood Burning Mark for Folding Desk Production

Help build at least 120 folding desks for local students in need, for the upcoming virtual school semester. When you sign up, we explain the workstations and ask about your skill level. Some manufacturing tasks require special skills, such as precision cutting with a chop saw or attention to detail in assembling components of the desk.

Most workstations involve a team of two or three individuals. Due to social distancing challenges, we ask people who are immediate family members or close friends to volunteer for the multi-person teams. Please commit to working the full day, from 8:30am until 4pm. This way, we don’t have to re-train volunteers mid-day.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST WEAR MASKS in the parking lot at St. Mark’s Church in Highland. DreamBuilders will take additional precautionary measures to minimize potential exposure to the CORONAVIRUS.

We’ll host a Zoom meeting on Friday evening before each workday to review team assignments, tasks, health, safety, and Q+A. Casey’s Crab Company will provide lunch. For more info: Doug at silversteinleung@yahoo.com

Update 7/28/2020: All volunteer openings have been filled for this workday. However, we fully expect that demand for these desks will be high, so look for announcements of additional production days!

32 volunteers needed Saturday, August 1 – (Raindate: Aug 8)
14 volunteers needed Saturday, August 8 – (Raindate: Aug 15)

Folding Desk Project-Save the Date: August 1st

DreamBuilders Folding Desk Prototype, designed and built by Jeff Kassman

DreamBuilders’ first work day for our new project is planned for Saturday, August 1st, 2020 from 8:30-4pm at St. Marks Church in Highland. We will arrange a variety of physically distanced work stations to build and assemble more than 100 desks for low-income families in need of our help. The finished product will be distributed to students for an improved learning environment while at home during the pandemic. Check back soon for additional details along with an online sign up for volunteers.

DreamBuilders 2020: Building for Those in Need

DreamBuilders plans to build folding desks and school supply organizer kits for home use for children in need. Our change in focus is the result of adjusted conditions during the COVID pandemic. We will ensure appropriate physical distancing for our volunteers’ safety during our local work days this summer and fall.

The project utilizes our building and technical skills to address a community need. We intend to provide these items to improve the study environment for elementary and high school students, particularly for those learning remotely from bedrooms. An organized learning environment not only affects concentration and productivity–it also promotes physical, emotional and social well-being.

We seek teen and adult involvement in planning, design, building, and distribution. If you want to help, or have questions, email Doug at silversteinleung@yahoo.com

DreamBuilders is Mobilizing! Young Adults and Teens: Join our Virtual “Town Hall” June 22

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Serving those in need Since 2002

Sign up for the Virtual Town Hall here

Please join us for a virtual meeting Monday, June 22, 2020 at 7PM. We need your ideas on how DreamBuilders can best serve those in need during this challenging time. Please spread the word and let’s show the community what DreamBuilders can accomplish! Adults are welcome too, but we will be soliciting ideas from the youth first. 

Sadly, the Coronavirus pandemic caused DreamBuilders to cancel our mission trips and local building projects this year. It’s not possible to undertake our significant construction projects while ensuring the safety of our volunteers. Social distancing isn’t feasible on construction sites. Rest assured, we will resume our mission of building homes for those in need as soon as it is safe to do so.

In the meantime, the leadership team is ready to apply our organization skills, significant volunteer base and our financial resources to help during this crisis. We have some ideas on how we can support the local communities with food drives, etc. and we want your input about other ways DreamBuilders can make a difference!

Please note: Participants must sign up in advance. You’ll receive an email with the Zoom link and password within 48 hours. Sign up closes at 3pm on June 22.

Lending a hand to ARC

Our Fall ARC project crew gets the job done. Photo Credit: Jan D.

We accomplished our goals in a single day: repairs to a group home in Ellicott City–with our ARC partners, in early October. Tasks included demolishing old kitchen cabinets, removing a load-bearing wall and another wall, and installing new cabinets. Thanks to Brian Rezac, Jay Raksin, and the ARC team for guiding us through the day!

Fall Local Project – ARC: Sign-up for October 5th Work Day

This Arc home is ready for a new kitchen this fall.

DreamBuilders has a long-standing partnership with The Arc of Howard County to improve homes, fostering community acceptance and inclusion for developmentally and cognitively challenged individuals. In October, we’ll renovate a group home in Ellicott City. The project involves renovating a kitchen at a group home. The kitchen cabinets need demolition and removal; two walls need removal, with a new header for the load bearing wall; and painting. This effort literally improves Arc residents’ quality of life at home!  We can use 12 volunteers each day. The workday will be 8:30 – 4pm. Lunch will be provided. Cost per volunteer is $10.  For more details, please see the sign-up  links.

Arc Work Day, October 5 Sign-up

Our ARC home project wraps-up

DreamBuilders worked with the Arc of Howard County on one of its group homes in Ellicott City this spring. In March, we improved the basement with newly framed walls, a handrail for the steps, and a custom door. In April, we worked outdoors, building a wheelchair accessible ramp with a handrail for entry to a screened porch. The residents now have better control over where they choose to spend their leisure time! Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped support this effort.

Measuring for footers to support the new ramp. More photos at: our facebook page

Spring Local Project – Sykesville: Sign-up for February 23 Work Day

The homeowner helps with interior paint

Help us finish repairs to a house in Sykesville in Howard Co. owned by a young military family. Remaining tasks include: insulating the basement; painting walls, ceilings, doors, and trim; flooring; and miscellaneous tasks (such as installing door knobs, venting, and a basement stair handrail.) Twenty volunteers are needed. The work day is 8:30am – 4pm. If you cannot work the entire day, just note your available hours on the form. Cost is $10 per missioner for materials. Lunch, water and snacks are provided. For more details, see the sign-up link.

Register for February 23 work day

Spring Local Project – ARC: Sign-up for Work Days

Interior and Exterior improvements are scheduled for Spring

DreamBuilders and The Arc of Howard County share a long-standing partnership to improve homes for developmentally and cognitively challenged individuals. Together, they foster community acceptance and inclusion for Arc clients. This spring, we’ll renovate a group home in Ellicott City. This two-part project involves improving a basement and a screen porch. On March 16 we will begin work on the basement area, which is in need of new 2 x 4 frame walls, a handrail for the steps, and a custom door. The screen porch requires wheelchair accessibility, to include a ramp with a handrail, along with removing panels to cut in new door openings, and reframing. Our follow on work day for this project is planned for Saturday, April 13. We will be completing all outstanding tasks left after the first work day. The house is located on Valley Road in Ellicott City. This effort literally improves Arc clients’ choice and control over where they live and spend their time! We can use 20 volunteers each day. The workday will be 8:30 – 4pm. Lunch will be provided. Cost per volunteer is $10. For more details, please see the sign-up links.

ARC Work Day, March 16 Sign-up

ARC Work Day, April 13 Sign-up