In response to the coronavirus crisis, the Community Design Collaborative is leveraging the creativity and problem-solving skills of its volunteers to meet the critical needs of nonprofit organizations that are serving vulnerable populations.
The Community Design Collaborative's mission is to ensure that high-quality design is accessible to everyone. To do that, we match nonprofit organizations with volunteer design professionals to provide pro bono preliminary design services.
In March, the Collaborative put out the call for seasoned volunteer design professionals to join a Design SWATTeam to tackle the urgent needs of nonprofit organizations that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. The SWATTeam was configured to work quickly, with the goal of providing implementable designs in a week's time.
We piloted the program with the Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission to help them tackle critical and urgent challenges they are facing during the COVID-19 crisis. The team presented creative solutions to address issues related to safe social distancing, food access, beautifying spaces, and supporting the healthy well-being of those that they serve. The plans are now moving into implementation, which will be completed by volunteers and the residents of Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission.
The Collaborative hopes to use the Design SWATTeam model to provide quick-response services to other nonprofit organizations during this unprecedented time.
If you know of an organization in need, or if you would like to volunteer to be part of the Design SWATTeam, please contact the Collaborative’s Director of Design Services, Heidi Segall Levy.