WE WORK

How

THE PATH OF A PROJECT

RECEIVE PROJECT REQUEST

Our process begins when a community completes our online request form. We receive requests for help from communities in need from countries all over the world, including local requests from the Pacific Northwest.

PROJECT REVIEWED + ASSIGNED A VETTER

After we receive a request online, we bring it to the next Projects Committee meeting. This group of volunteers meets monthly on the 1st Wednesday of the month to review the progress of each active project. The request is given an initial review and then assigned a "vetter". A vetter is a volunteer who contacts the organization requesting help to learn more about the need, scope of work, funding capacity, and fit with our mission. 

PROJECT ACTIVATED + DESIGN BEGINS

After a project has been vetted by a volunteer, it can be recommended as an active AWB-Seattle project. At this point, we send out a Call for Volunteers to find a Project Lead to get the project started. From here, we will build a design team of volunteers with specific skills to meet each project's unique needs.

The volunteer design team works together with in-person meetings, by phone, and through email to create solutions to meet the project need. Our services include conceptual and schematic drawings, master planning for buildings and green spaces, and for small scale projects, construction documents.

Our approach strives to be as participatory as possible, engaging community partners to co-envision and design for diverse needs. At times, we will send the Project Lead to visit the community and project site so that we can put forward solutions to best meet their needs.

The entire design process ranges for each project from a couple months to a couple years. At times, we build such strong relationships with a community that we may work on multiple projects.

SOLUTION FOR A COMMUNITY

The volunteer design team works together to help community partners solve multiple challenges during the course of the project. Projects are considered complete when our teams put together design packages for our clients. Our clients then use these packages to raise funds for construction from donors and/or local governments. 

While AWB-Seattle does not provide funding for construction, if the project is local, we often recruit volunteers to support project implementation.

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