This week, the ToolBank is highlighting a project done by Living Paradigm CDC. During May, they had a group of volunteers come from Wisconsin and Prairie View A & M University to help with Harvey recovery efforts. They also had help from their sister organization, PVAMU Women in architecture. The students, who were all part of the American Institute of Architecture, took the opportunity to help a recovering family by applying their skillset of architectural design.
After the event, the volunteers from PVAMU AIAS wrote about their experience saying
“We would like to thank all the members and or students who came out to help. This family was given this house from an older family member and it was destroyed because of Hurricane Harvey. We took the challenge to come out and apply some of our architectural design skills on many different tasks. There is nothing we can’t do without each other and we still have more to go, but we are excited to keep it rolling!”
It really builds the capacity our volunteers can make!”
April Ward, who has been the Volunteer Director at Living Paradigm CDC since she was inspired to help following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, helped to oversee the project. She is a regular the ToolBank, and Living Paradigm CDC is one of our most frequent borrowers.
Living Paradigm CDC uses blue tools to help achieve their mission of empowering “people to participate in the American Dream of home ownership and healthy lifestyles through the creation of homes that are environmentally responsible, locally sourced and built, and contribute to the culture, spirit, and individuality of the community.”