In August of 2020, DreamBuilders pivoted from construction projects to building folding desks for school children. Since that time, DreamBuilders has constructed over 230 desks and distributed them to local schools in Howard County and other civic organizations that serve community residents in need.
Two volunteers, Martin Raabe and Preston Lauria participated in our last volunteer build and were so enthused about the project, they decided to build a couple of desks on their own time to help students in the community.
Martin Raabe is a Kelly Scholar and junior at Mount St. Joseph High School in Baltimore, where he is co-captain of the robotics team. He loves woodworking, 3-D printing, and has an interest in engineering and architecture. He has turned his garage into a workshop! Martin attends St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Annapolis, where he is an active member of the youth group and was recently named the youth representative to the church council.
In addition to volunteering with DreamBuilders, he enjoys volunteering for the Light House Shelter and the West Annapolis and Maryland Food Pantries. He currently lives in Annapolis with his parents and brother.
Preston Lauria is a junior at DeMatha Catholic High School, where he is an honor student. His many interests include rowing, robotics, music, travel, woodworking and team building. In his third year of crew Preston is a Coxswain on the DeMatha Varsity rowing team. He enjoys playing the piano and was named first chair for the French horn in the school band. He is currently studying robotics and loves participating in the Maryland State Education Association building challenges. Preston has volunteered in his community and through his church, Holy Family in Davidsonville. This includes projects at the Light House Shelter, participation with Dream Builders, and conservation work with the Tree-Mendous program in Annapolis.
On Saturday, February 6th, these two young men will be presenting their desks to DreamBuilders for them to be distributed to students.
DreamBuilders thanks Martin and Preston for setting an excellent example to help serve our community. Great job, gentlemen, keep up the excellent work!