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Community Builders Program - Official Press Release

Community Builders Program - Official Press Release

June 15, 2024

Los Angeles -- In 2020, the Bobcat fire burned more than 100,000 acres in and around Southern California’s Angeles National Forest, laying waste to countless old-growth coniferous trees. Thanks to Would Works, Angel City Lumber, and a Wood Innovations Grant from the USDA Forest Service, some of these trees are getting a new life -- and creating new opportunities for people facing barriers to employment.

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Sarah Watlington Spotlights Community Builders Program in Fine Woodworking Magazine

Sarah Watlington Spotlights Community Builders Program in Fine Woodworking Magazine

March 04, 2024

As we dive into a new year, it's inspiring to see our work with Angel City Lumber gaining recognition. Sarah Watlington recently penned a piece in Fine Woodworking, shining a spotlight on our collaboration and the impact it's having on our community.

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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. 

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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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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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Building Bright Futures with the Fall/Winter Young Makers Cohort

Building Bright Futures with the Fall/Winter Young Makers Cohort

January 18, 2023

As we wrap up our Young Makers Fall/Winter cohort, we wanted to take a moment to celebrate all the inspiring youth that came through the program from our referral partner Jovenes last year.

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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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Would Works Celebrates 10 Years!

Would Works Celebrates 10 Years!

December 12, 2022

We enjoyed hosting our community of Board members, volunteers, case workers, past and present Artisans, customers, vendors, supporters and friends for the Sawdust Soiree--a celebration of 10 years of Would Works. We hope this is the first of many in-person public events we will host in our new, light-filled workshop space in LA's bustling garment district.

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Tweet Tweet! Check out Our Wood Safety Whistle Workshop in Skid Row!

Tweet Tweet! Check out Our Wood Safety Whistle Workshop in Skid Row!

November 04, 2022

Last weekend Would Works joined the Los Angeles Poverty Department's 13th annual Festival for All Skid Row Artists with a pop-up wood safety whistle making workshop.

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Young Makers Outreach @ Project Impact Reentry Job Fair

Young Makers Outreach @ Project Impact Reentry Job Fair

November 01, 2022

Would Works Artisans from the Young Makers Program represented last week at Project Impact’s Reentry Resource Fair at Los Angeles Mission College. Our Artisans connected with other systems impacted individuals and provided information about our employment programs and application process.  

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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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