Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, DreamBuilders pivoted from construction projects to building folding desks for school children. Given that upcoming semesters will be done virtually, the need for a dedicated workspace is even greater. Many of these students live in close quarters with several other family members. Sometimes the entire family lives in a single room.
DreamBuilders designed the desk, developed a manufacturing process and recruited volunteers to build desks. The first “production run” was held on August 1 and 8, resulting in 118 folding desks. DreamBuilders is in the process of distributing these desks through our local public schools.
We obtained phenomenal local press coverage for our project (see links below) which led to Good Morning America discovering us. After our segment aired on GMA, we have received many requests from across the country. Apparently we identified a critical need.
If you are:
- Interested in building a desk yourself or organizing a build of desks for your local community, please register below.
- Interested in volunteering on one of our upcoming manufacturing days. The Registration links will be added when dates are finalized.
We have also received a large number of requests for desks. The need in our area is great and we are only able to manufacture and distribute the desks we build to our local Maryland school system. If you live in Maryland, contact your school. If you are outside of Maryland, we recommend you contact a local non-profit that might be able to organize a local build in your area.
DreamBuilders is an Outreach Ministry of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church located at 12700 Hall Shop Road, Highland MD 20777, a non-profit organization as designated by the United States Internal Revenue Code (26 U.S.C. § 501(c)).
UPCOMING PORTABLE DESK BUILD OPPORTUNITIES:
Please note that due to unforeseen reasons, it may be necessary to postpone a volunteer build date, please keep posted on our Facebook account and in your email inbox for immediate details. We appreciate those volunteers that are flexible and can volunteer on the newly scheduled volunteer dates.
DreamBuilders’ Portable Desk Construction Guide Details
WARNING: These desks require technical skills to construct.
We recommend identifying a local organization that would be interested in hosting their own “Construct a DreamBuilders Portable Desk Event” for building desks for local students.
If you are an individual and possess the necessary skills to build your own desk, please complete the guide request below to receive your DreamBuilders Portable Desk Construction and Implementation Guide:
DreamBuilders’ Portable Desk Construction and Implementation Guide Request:
DreamBuilders Desk Project Press Coverage
Baltimore Jewish Times – https://www.jewishtimes.com/114247/temple-isaiah-builds-desks-for-remote-learners/news/local-news/ – 12/7/2020
Good Morning America – Giving Students a Safe Place to Learn – 8/13/2020
Howard County Times – Maryland non-profit 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 Coronavirus Pandemic – 7/30/2020
WJZ – Volunteers To Build Desks For Howard County Students in Need – 7/27/2020
We want to hear about your portable desk build and/or event. Please follow this link to complete our survey – Portable Desk Survey link
A special “THANK YOU” to all the individuals and the following organizations for their in-kind contributions to the building of the DreamBuilders Desks! We couldn’t have done it without you.
KasCon Managers + Builders
American Cedar & Millwork
Kendall Hardware Inc.
Casey’s Crab Co.
To make a donation for the DreamBuilders Portable Desk Project, please use our secure PayPal account by pressing the donate button below: