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“I Would Work if I Could”
Would Works is an LA based social enterprise that trains and employs people experiencing homelessness in the craft of woodworking.
During this fundraiser, join us and help us add fifty more paid workshops to the calendar year, expand our reach to transitional aged youth experiencing homelessness, build out more accessible community spaces and offer more employment opportunities, job training, and community building than ever before!
Would Works hosts over 200 woodworking workshops annually providing paid employment, healing community, and hands on woodworking training for people experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty in Los Angeles.
In the Beginner Builder Program, Artisans with no previous experience in woodworking receive paid training in sanding, finishing, branding and packaging our line of wood homewares available for purchase on our website, wholesale, at pop-up events, and through partner vendors.
In the Community Builder Program, Artisans who have completed the beginner program receive paid advanced training in woodworking and furniture design. These Community Builders design and build accessible outdoor furniture for permanent supportive housing sites, shelters, and homeless service centers throughout LA.
While working at a homeless shelter in Skid Row in 2012, Would Works founder Connor Johnson began running weekend wood-finishing workshops in church basements and housing site rec rooms throughout Skid Row. In 2016 he partnered with actor Nick Offerman and his collective shop, Offerman Woodshop, to scale up this program and product line into the thriving social enterprise it is today. Offerman now sits on the Board of Directors and his shop continues to support Would Works by providing product machining ongoing job opportunities to our Artisans.
Hear more of our Artisans' stories in their own voices on our Artisan Profiles page
Due to a history of redlining, employment discrimination, and housing discrimination, BIPOC communities are disproportionately represented among people experiencing homelessness in LA. At WW we strive to address racism and sexism by offering workforce development and financial support to this community.
Would Works thanks the following funders for their financial support:
Would Works thanks the following community partners for their in-kind support: