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!

Volunteers Needed to Help Build Portable Desks on Saturday, September 26, 2020!

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Volunteers are needed to help build more portable desks for students in need.

Join the DreamBuilders team as we work together to build desks and enable students to have a dedicated workspace during this time of Covid-19 and virtual learning!

The need is great, so register today to volunteer on Saturday, September 26, 2020 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This volunteer event will occur at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 12701 Hall Shop Road, Highland, MD.

REGISTER TODAY AT: https://dreambuildersmd.org/volunteer-registration/

For more information about the Portable Desk Project, follow this link: https://dreambuildersmd.org/dreamdesks/

Portable Desk Implementation and Construction Guide is available!

DreamBuilders Portable Desk Implementation and Construction Guide

DreamBuilders is pleased to announce the Portable Desk Construction and Implementation Guide has been completed and is now available.

Please visit our webpage at: https://dreambuildersmd.org/dreamdesks/ and complete the guide request form. A follow up email containing a downloadable link will be sent to you within the next couple of days.

Donations are also welcome, see our website for a safe and secure option to help provide desks to students.

DreamBuilders’ Desk Project Makes News!

credit: WJZ Baltimore Channel 13

Click the links to watch news coverage of our latest project:

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Good Morning America Giving Students a Safe Place to Learn 8/13/2020

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Throughout this pandemic, our community has come together in creative ways to help one another. DreamBuilders, an interfaith non-profit, usually builds and repairs homes after natural disasters, but COVID-19 has changed how they give back. Some of our students don’t have dedicated workspaces in their homes where they can study and learn virtually without distractions. Dreambuilders has responded by building small, foldable desks that allow students to open up the desk, work in an area and then close it up and store.This weekend, 50 volunteers are working to make 120 desks for Howard County students and they will continue to build desks to meet the demand for these innovative workspaces. Thank you to the leadership team and all the volunteers who help serve our students in need across the County. To learn more about DreamBuilders and how can get involved, please visit https://dreambuildersmd.org/

Posted by Howard County Executive Calvin Ball on Sunday, August 9, 2020
Howard County Executive Calvin Ball Visits DreamBuilders Work Day 8/8/2020

Howard County Times Maryland nonprofit builds portable desks for Howard County students to use during online learning 8/5/2020

WJZ Local Non-Profit Dreambuilders Is Making Desks For Howard County Students 8/2/2020

WBAL DreamBuilders Builds Desks To Help Howard County Homebound Students Amid Corornavirus Pandemic 7/30/2020

WJZ Volunteers To Build Desks For Howard County Students In Need 7/27/2020

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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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.