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Would Works to Receive $10,000 Grant  from the National Endowment for the Arts

Would Works to Receive $10,000 Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

January 31, 2024

Would Works is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Challenge America award of $10,000. This grant will support our new Peoples’ Builders Program.

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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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Lee Valley x Would Works

Lee Valley x Would Works

April 24, 2023

The last few months have been really exciting because we were invited to be apart of Canadian company Lee Valley's ongoing series, Inspired to Make.

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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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New Young Makers Program @ WW

New Young Makers Program @ WW

September 30, 2022

Meet our our Fall 2022 cohort and our new Young Makers! WW partnered with Jovenes, an impactful youth homeless service organization. We are grateful to the California Arts Council for funding our new Young Makers Program so we can continue to uplift and support young people experiencing homelessness in LA.

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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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Exciting New Collaboration with People's Pottery Project

Exciting New Collaboration with People's Pottery Project

October 29, 2021

This holiday we are collaborating on a special edition product with People's Pottery Project (PPP).  PPP is another impactful LA social enterprise--providing formerly incarcerated women with paid vocational training, healing community, and skills in crafts and making. 

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Artisans take a tour of our creative partners around LA

Artisans take a tour of our creative partners around LA

October 02, 2021

Come along on our tour of local lumber yards, mills, and furniture shops! Program Director Michele Liu takes our Artisans to see the work of some of the great creative businesses that make our work possible. "As we transition into building a more robust training program we felt it was important for the Artisans to see the full picture what woodworking is like from beginning to end." says Liu.

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Sawdust + Stout Fundraiser with Nick Offerman!

Sawdust + Stout Fundraiser with Nick Offerman!

August 10, 2021

Thanks to our champion Board member Nick Offerman for hosting this super fun and successful fundraiser workshop. On July 31 2021, Nick taught a virtual woodworking workshop to over 100 people from across the US raising nearly $60k for Would Works August relaunch!

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