Building Bright Futures with the Fall/Winter Young Makers Cohort
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.
A Trip to the Snowy Angeles Forest
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!
Would Works Celebrates 10 Years!
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.
Tweet Tweet! Check out Our Wood Safety Whistle Workshop in Skid Row!
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.
Young Makers Outreach @ Project Impact Reentry Job Fair
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.
New Young Makers Program @ WW
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.
We're helping 'Build UP' @LA Compost!
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!
Our Benches @ Willowbrook Permanent Supportive Housing Site
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.
WW is awarded 2022 California Arts Council Grant
The California Arts Council has announced a grant award of $30,000 to Would Works as part of its 2022 Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief Awards program in its first round of funding for 2022.
2-Year Forest Service Grant Supports WW Furniture Program!
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!
WW Volunteers Help Build Out Our New Expanded Shop
Our monthly volunteer days bring together our Artisans, staff and volunteer woodworkers from around LA to work on various projects around the shop. This month, our volunteers helped build lumber racks and rolling carts for our benchtop machines.
Community Builders Program Launches with Benches for RNLA
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.