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A Look Into Our Transformative 2023

A Look Into Our Transformative 2023

December 27, 2023

Dear Friends and Supporters of Would Works,

Winding down this year, we express deep gratitude for your support and engagement with Would Works. 2023 began expansively: WW Community Builders Program Artisans and our team took a field trip to the snow-covered Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains north of the city. Shirley is the Artisan Lead at Would Works and was born and raised in LA. She’s now in her mid-60’s, yet she’s never been up to the Angeles Forest. Our city is surrounded by abundant landscapes, but many residents who face barriers to employment also lack access to experiences in nature. This forest visit reflects the growth trajectory of Would Works, which we illuminate here.

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Community Builders Program Fabricates Bench for the Aster Apartments

Community Builders Program Fabricates Bench for the Aster Apartments

April 25, 2023

Recently, our Community Builders Program was tasked to fabricate a 12 foot long communal bench for the 56 unit Aster Apartments, an affordable housing site located in South LA.

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A Trip to the Snowy Angeles Forest

A Trip to the Snowy Angeles Forest

December 27, 2022

This winter Would Works staff and Artisans from our Community Builders Program accompanied our friends from Angel City Lumber (ACL) on a trip to the Angeles National Forest where we acquired large fire damaged pine logs that we'll be turning into outdoor furniture this Spring!

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We're helping 'Build UP' @LA Compost!

We're helping 'Build UP' @LA Compost!

August 17, 2022

Would Works Community Builders Program (CBP) recently partnered with the local non-profit LA Compost (LAC) to create wood structures and compost related objects for LAC hubs. Check out our first project--a set of 22 compost sifters!

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Our Benches @ Willowbrook Permanent Supportive Housing Site

Our Benches @ Willowbrook Permanent Supportive Housing Site

July 28, 2022

Our Community Builders just completed their first commission--a fleet of eight custom built entry-way benches for the Willowbrook, a permanent supportive housing site in South LA.

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2-Year Forest Service Grant Supports WW Furniture Program!

2-Year Forest Service Grant Supports WW Furniture Program!

May 27, 2022

In this unique new funding opportunity, Would Works Staff and Artisans will be working with the Angeles National Forest to acquire felled trees from wildfire prevention projects in the urban/rural interface around LA.  We will be releasing a line of outdoor furniture built by WW Artisans from this sustainably sourced material in 2023! 

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Community Builders Program Launches with Benches for RNLA

Community Builders Program Launches with Benches for RNLA

April 05, 2022

Would Works' new Community Builders Program is building outdoor furniture for the Willowbrook--a new permanent supportive housing site in South LA. Our first cohort of Builders is learning the fundamentals of designing, prototyping and building large scale furniture pieces for their community.

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Designing Furniture That Makes Waiting Not Feel Like Waiting

Designing Furniture That Makes Waiting Not Feel Like Waiting

July 20, 2021

For the last month, a team of Would Works staff members and community partners have been participating in an intensive design workshop at the Stanford d.school. Through interviews, co-design sessions, observations and prototypes, our team is helping to redesign the waiting area experience at the Skid Row Community Refresh Spot.

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Would Works @ Stanford d.school

Would Works @ Stanford d.school

June 01, 2021

Would Works won a generous scholarship to attend an intensive workshop called Designing for Social Systems (DSS) at Stanford's d.school this month! We put together a great team that will be helping to design the outdoor waiting room experience at the Skid Row Community ReFresh Spot

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Welcome all new Advanced Crew!

Welcome all new Advanced Crew!

January 15, 2020

We have just launched a new program called the Would Works Advanced Crew. Our first cohort includes four exceptional Artisans who have completed our beginner workshop and are hungry for more skills and time in the shop.  Advanced Crew members will be helping lead workshops, machine products and design and build outdoor furniture.

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Our outdoor furniture gives Skid Row residents a comfortable place to rest

Our outdoor furniture gives Skid Row residents a comfortable place to rest

October 15, 2018

Would Works was commissioned by a local architecture firm, Office 42, to build a large set of custom outdoor furniture for a public hygiene center in Skid Row called the Refresh Spot.  This furniture provides residents of Skid Row with a safe, clean and comfortable place to relax while using the invaluable services of the Refresh Spot such as toilets, showers and laundry.

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