Building Beyond the Walls
Tax ID: 81-3804554
BASED: Bonney Lake, WA, United States
CHARITY WEBSITE: buildingbeyondthewalls.org
Educate, Empower, Engage
Building Beyond the Walls creates an experience through inclusive hands-on construction skills training that increases confidence and self-reliance. By focusing on projects that give back, we connect individuals more deeply in their communities. Building Beyond the Walls Construction Training provides skills to individuals who have a desire to help on volunteer construction sites but who otherwise would be limited to unskilled volunteer duties. Our free program provides the skills volunteers need to be, and feel competent on a job site. Graduates agree to give 50 volunteer hours back to the community upon completing the construction training course.
In the process of teaching the participants basic construction skills, a key component of the overall vision of Building Beyond the Walls is realized. Community can be built through efforts of a diverse group working in harmony to complete a complex goal; team/community building at its finest. By offering a program that teaches people skills that enables them to be a part of something bigger than themselves, we break down walls and build community.
Participants find a new self-awareness and empowerment. At the end of each session, participants are asked to complete a course reflection survey. Routinely participants’ comment that the Building Beyond the Wall program is a “safe” environment in which to learn new skills and meet people with like-minded goals. Marta, a 68 year old women stated "This program has given me more hope than I have ever had in my life!"
Last year alone we had over 7,500 hours of volunteer time. Based on the assigned value of $30.00 an hour we have added over $225,000 of time to our community. Building Beyond the Walls Construction Training participants represent a broad demographics including foreign exchange students, a college dean and faculty, students of construction and construction management, Habitat family partners, business owners, the homeless, city officials including a judge that worked side by side with an ex-con, as well as many other community members with diverse career paths.
Thank you for reading all the way through and considering our program as a way for you to make a difference. Our nonprofit has a very holistic approach to building and serving our community. We hope you agree! Our training model provides a program income to help offset costs but your donation will support the materials, time and supplies needed to to fill the gap and keep this proven opportunity available and growing!
Building Beyond the Walls Construction Training provides skills to individuals who have a desire to help on volunteer construction sites but who otherwise would be limited to unskilled volunteer duties. Our free program provides the skills volunteers need to be, and feel competent on a job site. Graduates agree to give 50 volunteer hours back to the community upon completing the construction training course.