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Why Volunteer?

What our volunteers are saying about the Collaborative experience and the impact of engaging communities through design

“How did I know the client liked our idea? Because they were jumping up and down!”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Design has the opportunity to impact the entire fabric of a neighborhood or community.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Volunteer and leadership opportunities with the Collaborative teach you to work with people, and to give ideas and take ideas."

Haddon Township, New Jersey

"It is inspiring and rewarding to work with such passionate and committed volunteers and community members."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“The Collaborative is my chance to do a broader range of project types and work with different teams.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"It's rewarding to feel like you've provided something a document, drawing, idea, enthusiasm that the community can move forward with."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“The people who live in the community and use the site know best what works, what doesn't and what is needed. Their insights are vital to creating an effective design.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"Having the chance to give a client a new perspective on their site is a great feeling."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"All the design team members have great experiences and ideas, but it's the community that has the intimate experiences and ideas that are needed to develop the project concepts and designs."

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

In Philadelphia, you need to engage many different groups of people into what’s going to be the future of the city."

Newark, Delaware

“Working with people who are so grateful for the work that we do for them is very rewarding.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“It was amazing how everyone jumped in.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Community members understand best how to positively impact their neighborhoods.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“These are the places where I want to work as a design professional.”

Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania

“Sometimes it just takes one comment from a community member to help you think outside the box and change the course of the design for the better.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Thoughtful design doesn't take a lot of money to achieve big improvements.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“I encourage others to participate and connect with the greater community.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

"The most rewarding part is to be able to help nonprofits take their program in the direction they want to go.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Michael Spain

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D2CA Architects LLC

“Design gives people a tool to be active in the decisions of their community and see the impact it can have.”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

“Adding new materials can be done with sensitivity. Sometimes, you have to step outside your comfort zone and understand what materials will keep the historic feel.”

Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania
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