A Nearer Have a look at ConstructConnect’s Help of #AECCaresProjectDC


What when you may make a distinction in somebody’s life by remodeling their dwelling area? 

Since 2011, members of the structure, engineering, and development (AEC) group have rallied for an annual day of service with that purpose in thoughts. Organized by 501(c)(3) not-for-profit group AEC Cares and led by founding accomplice ConstructConnect, every annual day of service advantages a distinct group group in the identical metropolis as that 12 months’s AIA Convention on Structure & Design.  

We just lately spoke with ConstructConnect Chief Product Officer Jennifer Johnson, who additionally serves as President of the AEC Cares Board of Administrators, about this 12 months’s occasion. Held in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, June 5, the primary day of AIA24, #AECCaresProjectDC will profit Sasha Bruce Youthwork, a number one supplier of companies for youth within the metropolis. 

 “We at all times say AEC Cares is someday that’s a 12 months within the making,” says Johnson. “We host what we name a ‘blitz construct’ to assist a neighborhood nonprofit group, mobilizing volunteers, donors, and sponsors throughout the group, with a specific deal with supporting teams that help veterans, girls, or youngsters in want.”  

For 2024, AEC Cares will renovate Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s Residential Empowerment Adolescent Neighborhood Dwelling (REACH) in Capitol Hill’s historic Barracks Row. That is the second time that AEC Cares has partnered with Sasha Bruce Youthwork, with the primary mission occurring in 2012 to revitalize two of the group’s different properties for youth within the nation’s capital.  

Earlier AEC Cares areas additionally embody Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Houston, New Orleans, Orlando, Philadelphia, and San Francisco – with the latest mission, in San Francisco, receiving trade recognition for its impression. The IIDA Northern California Honor Awards just lately bestowed the 2024 Summit Award for Achievement in Partnership on AEC Cares 2023 #projectSanFrancisco benefiting The Lark-Inn in San Francisco. Says Johnson, “Such recognition highlights how AEC Cares initiatives maximize donations to deal with essential group wants.”

“When you have got nearly 100 volunteers onsite, you will get so much executed in a day,” explains Johnson. “That’s what we consider: bringing a radical transformation to an area for a group, like Sasha Bruce Youthwork’s REACH house.” 

The location of this 12 months’s mission, REACH, is a community-based house for youth ages 12 to 17 awaiting trial and who would profit from further group and social assist. Renovation efforts will deal with enhancing a homelike atmosphere for the younger residents who name REACH house, whereas additionally creating areas to assist the house’s mission to offer particular person, group, and household counseling, academic remediation, life expertise teaching, and vanity constructing. 

“We’re concentrating on issues to make it far more of a heat atmosphere, the place its younger residents can really feel secure and supported,” says Johnson. “Once they return on the finish of the blitz construct, the intent is for REACH residents to come across a very renovated area. This contains extra welcoming entrances, enhanced assembly and gathering areas, and refreshed sleeping quarters.”  

Whereas AEC Cares is primarily pushed by ConstructConnect, it’s also made doable by a bunch of sponsors, donors, and volunteers – together with a professional bono design workforce and constructing product producers who generously contribute their merchandise.  

“Actually, we couldn’t pull this mission off with out all of our sponsors, donors, and companions,” says Johnson. “It actually is a 365-day effort that unfolds in a single 24-hour interval.” 

To be taught how one can become involved, together with as a sponsor or donor, go to AECCares.com.    

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