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New Volunteer Opportunities Announced

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 June, July, or August 2016. If you are not already a Collaborative volunteer, you’ll need to submit a volunteer application before volunteering with us.

Design Grant Candidates

Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery
Lower North Phila. – 3801 Ridge Avenue
Conceptual design for a visitor's center and archival facility
Volunteers needed: 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 

Parkside Association of Philadelphia
West Phila.- 4804-48 Parkside Avenue
Conceptual design for a community sports facility
Volunteers needed: architects, urban design/planner, landscape architect, civil engineer (stormwater consultant), cost estimator 

Vare-Washington Elementary School / United Communities Southeast Phila.
South Phila. - 1198 S. 5th Street
Conceptual design for schoolyard greening
Volunteers needed: landscape architect, cost estimator 

Special Initiatives 

Limited Consultation Services
Democratic National Convention Philadelphia 2016
Play Day | City Hall and Dilworth Park | July 27, 2016
Conceptual design for layout, branding, and wayfinding for an outdoor Play Day Event hosted by Philly Play in partnership with the DNC Host Committee, The Departments of Health and Parks and Recreation, and dozens of nonprofit partners.
Help design the space to look like the most playful space in Philly!
Volunteers needed: Playful design firms (volunteer firm preferred)

Design Charrette
West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution / Progressive Change CDC  
Creating an Ecodistrict | West Phila. | 4624 Lancaster Avenue +
Conceptual design for the Mill Creek Center for Arts and Innovation - a mixed-use community facility and neighborhood hub at the heart of a newly created ecodistrict
We are currently recruiting for the volunteer team that will produce the base documentation and facilitate the charrette which will be held on November 10th as part of AIA's Design on the Delaware annual conference. 
Volunteers needed: architects, urban designers/planners, landscape architects, sustainability consultants, civil engineer (stormwater consultant), cost estimator (volunteer firm preferred)

National AIA Convention in Philadelphia 2016
AEC CARES Blitz Build | May 18, 2016
The Collaborative has an integral role in AEC Cares' Project Philadelphia, a "blitz build" to improve Philadelphia Parks and Recreation's Athletic Recreation Center in Sharswood. A Collaborative team is providing preliminary design and project management to maximize the impact of the materials and labor donated via the work day. We now need volunteers to help with the Build on May 18!
Volunteers needed: Everyone!
Please sign up by Tuesday, May 10:

National AIA Convention in Philadelphia 2016
Play Space Exhibit | May 18, 2016 and May 21, 2016
We’re installing a small exhibit about Play Space and are seeking volunteers to assist with the set up and breakdown.
Volunteers needed: A few enthusiastic Collaborative volunteers that are already attending the Convention



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