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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 Our New Program Director Michele Liu!

Welcome Our New Program Director Michele Liu!

April 02, 2021

In addition to leading the relaunch of Would Works existing programs this Spring, Michele will be developing the new "Outdoor Workshop" model as we pivot our program to include the design and fabrication of outdoor furniture for public spaces around LA.

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Where to Buy Would Works Products this Holiday Season

Where to Buy Would Works Products this Holiday Season

November 17, 2020

Our Workshop and store is still closed due to Covid-19 precautions, but some of our most popular products are still available this Holiday season through other impactful vendors.  See links to where to buy here and continue to support Would Works this Holiday season.

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Would Works Relaunches with Award from USC Social Enterprise Grant!

Would Works Relaunches with Award from USC Social Enterprise Grant!

November 13, 2020

After closing for Covid in March 2020, Would Works has just received a grant from the USC Social Enterprise Lab to relaunch a new outdoor program! We will kick off by building outdoor furniture for the new ReFresh Spot in Skid Row and various supportive housing sites throughout LA.

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Without a home in a pandemic: a Would Works Artisan shares her story in this podcast

Without a home in a pandemic: a Would Works Artisan shares her story in this podcast

July 01, 2020

The pandemic has been scary, disruptive, and challenging for everyone, but for the unhoused community it has been downright traumatizing.  This episode The Uncertain Hour, a Marketplace podcast, explores the story of one of our outstanding Artisans as she navigates life in Skid Row during Covid.

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Would Works Partners with the National Association of Women in Construction

Would Works Partners with the National Association of Women in Construction

February 13, 2020

This year NAWIC LA is hosting a series of LA based events in conjunction with Women in Construction Week.  Would Works is thrilled to be the featured non-profit at the center of the LA Chapter's annual fundraiser.  Get your tickets here--all proceeds go to Would Works!

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Would Works wins the 2019-2020 ChangeMaker Challenge!

Would Works wins the 2019-2020 ChangeMaker Challenge!

February 12, 2020

We are proud winners of the 2019-2020 ChangeMaker Challenge, awarded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. 

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60 Lions on the Prowl!

60 Lions on the Prowl!

January 21, 2020

Our first international craft collaboration--Would Works made engraved desk plaques for lions which were hand-carved by artisans in Ghana.

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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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Would Works on Spectrum News: "Inside the Issues" with Alex Cohen

Would Works on Spectrum News: "Inside the Issues" with Alex Cohen

December 24, 2019

Program Director Lee Buchanan and Would Works Artisan Marella DuRee had a blast talking with Alex Cohen on Spectrum News' TV show, "Inside the Issues with Alex Cohen".

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Our Custom Cocktail Boards Included in The Los Angeles Impact Box

Our Custom Cocktail Boards Included in The Los Angeles Impact Box

December 16, 2019

We are busy making 300 custom branded oak cocktail boards for the The Los Angeles Impact Box this holiday season.  This unique gift box is put out by our friends at Gifts for Good, in partnership with LA Original and the City Of Los Angeles.

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