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Community Service Opportunities for Architects

The MW Network welcomed representatives from several local non-profit organization to discuss community service opportunities for Architects.

Here is the link to the Room to Dream video which I hope you will all have an opportunity to watch. It is very inspiring! 
Learning By Design:MA – a statewide, K-12 education program, that engages children in architecture and design projects with professionals, in addition to providing design-centric curriculums for educators.
Polly Carpenter,Program Director
Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester – Simple, decent, and affordable housing has a profound impact on stabilizing a family, and providing for long-term security. The Habitat program is one of self-empowerment: ”a hand up, not a hand out.” Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.
Jyothi Grama, Board of Directors
Room o Dream Foundation – creates healing environments for chronically ill children. These children are often house-bound and the bedroom becomes the center of their life. Usually full of medical supplies and often not very accessible, these rooms begin to resemble the hospital rooms that they recently left. The families are so overwhelmed with doctor's appointments and treatments that they just don't have time or realization that the room is an important place for the child to heal. With the help of professional volunteer designers, builders, and product vendors, Room to Dream designs and remodels a child's bedroom over a weekend.
Michael Collins, co-founder
Wellesley ABC – The mission of the Wellesley ABC program is to provide academically talented and promising young women of color from underserved communities A Better Chance through enrollment at Wellesley High School and participation in a residential program. Wellesley ABC is committed to fostering the achievement of each student’s academic, personal and community-oriented goals through year-round support.
Debora White, Board of Directors
Community Design Resource Center

the only organization in Greater Boston that provides services and resources that assist communities to envision, advocate, and implement high quality design solutions that ensure equal access to healthy, sustainable built environments. CDRC-Boston achieves its mission through education, technical assistance, collaborative design and community service.

Gretchen Schneider, Executive Director
The AIA allows up to 2 CEU credits for doing volunteer work:
Professional Community service for time spent on community boards, panels, commissions,
volunteer work. Members can self-report at most 2 hours total/calendar year for professional
community service. This time is not eligible for health safety welfare or sustainable design credit.
To receive credit, file a self-reporting form online at