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Potential Volunteer Opportunities - Winter 2016

Use your design skills to help local nonprofits! The Community Design Collaborative is currently reviewing Design Grant applications from nonprofits in need of pro bono preliminary design services. Your interest in volunteering will be a factor in selecting our Design Grant recipients.

Look at the list of prospective Design Grants and other opportunities to volunteer below. See a great volunteer opportunity for you?  Contact Heidi Segall Levy, Design Services Director, at as soon as possible. If you are interested in a specific project but your discipline is not listed, please let us know anyway...we may still be able to place you on the team.

Work with the nonprofits who receive Design Grants will begin in March, April, or April 2016. If you are not already a Collaborative volunteer, you’ll need to submit a volunteer application before volunteering with us.

Design Grant Candidates

Community Ventures
Lower NW Phila. – 2700 block of Germantown Avenue
Conceptual design for the renovation of the upper floors of mixed-use buildings along the Germantown and Lehigh Avenue commercial corridor for residential units
Volunteers needed: architects, historic preservationist, structural engineer, cost estimator 

East Falls Development Corporation/Friends of Mifflin School
Lower NW Phila. – 3624 Conrad Street
Conceptual design for open space improvements for Mifflin Elementary School
Volunteers needed: landscape architects, civil engineer (stormwater consultant), cost estimator

Germantown United
Lower NW Phila. - 5600-6100 blocks of Germantown Avenue/100 block of Chelten Avenue
Ltd. Consult: rStore storefront facade improvements
Volunteers needed: architects, historic preservationist, cost estimator

Glen Foerd on the Delaware
N. Delaware - 5001 Grant Avenue
Conceptual design for a children's play house
Volunteers needed: architects, landscape architect, historic preservationist, cost estimator 

J.R. Masterman School/J.R. Masterman Home & School Association
Lower N. Phila. - 1699 Spring Garden Street
Conceptual design for improvements and greening of the rooftop open space
Volunteers needed: landscape architects, structural engineer, historic preservationist,stormwater consultant, cost estimator 

Newbold Civic Association/Newbold Community Development Corporation
S. Phila. - 1800 Snyder Avenue
Conceptual design for schoolyard greening at Girard Elementary School
Volunteers needed: landscape architects, civil engineer (stormwater consultant), preservationist, cost estimator

Norris Square Community Alliance
Lower N. Phila. - 2200 blocks between N. 3rd and N. Leithgow Streets
Conceptual design for improvements and expansion of community sports fields
Volunteers needed: landscape architects, civil engineer (stormwater consultant), cost estimator

Our Mother of Consolation Parish School
Upper NW Phila. – 17 E. Chestnut Hill Avenue
Conceptual design for an outdoor learning and play space
Volunteers needed: landscape architects, civil engineer (stormwater consultant); cost estimator 

Vare-Washington Elementary School/United Communities Southeast Phila.
S. Phila. - 1198 S. 5th Street
Conceptual design for schoolyard greening
Volunteers needed: landscape architects, graphic designer, structural engineer, civil engineer (stormwater consultant); cost estimator  

Wynnefield Overbrook Revitalization Corporation
W. Phila. - 1900 block of N. 54th Street
Ltd. Consult: rStore storefront facade improvements
Volunteers needed: architects, cost estimator 

Infill Philadelphia: Play Space Design Awards
Wednesday, March 16, 6-9pm
Academy of Natural Sciences
The Play Space Design Awards mark the culmination of the Play Space design competition, which spurred designers, educators, and childcare providers to explore the untapped possibilities of urban play spaces. We are seeking volunteers to assist with set-up, registration, general event assistance, and breakdown from 4pm to 10pm.
Volunteers needed: A few enthusiastic Collaborative volunteers 

National AIA Convention in Philadelphia 2016
May 19 & 20
AIA Philadelphia will be showcasing the innovative use of Philadelphia's public realm through a pop-up design competition during the Convention.  The south side of Arch Street will host over a dozen architect-inspired parklets each day. Philadelphia-based design teams will design and install parklets that will remain in place for one full day. Top juried awards will be given. Join the Collaborative's design team to create a winning parklet!
Volunteers needed (for the Collaborative spot): Parklet enthusiasts



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