Seattle-area Boettcher Scholars help local community

Seattle-area Boettcher Scholars help local community

In an effort to connect Boettcher Scholars across the country, both with each other and their communities, we’ve started organizing Scholar service days in a variety of U.S. cities outside Colorado.

Most recently, a small but mighty crew of Alumni volunteered at a “community build” with Sawhorse Revolution, a Seattle-based nonprofit that provides free, yearlong carpentry and design programs for diverse youth.

McKenna Asakawa, a 2012 Scholar, now works for Sawhorse Revolution and helped to organize the service project.

“Despite heavy rain, our community build on Saturday was a big success! Volunteers helped us make progress on the ‘Parabay Homes,’ a tiny house duplex designed for a homeless family,” said McKenna. “In mid-April, we’ll deliver it to a new, city-sanctioned tiny house village in Georgetown. The Parabay Homes are generating significant excitement, since they are the only homes designed specifically for a family experiencing homelessness.”

Volunteers spent the day measuring, cutting, and installing interior and exterior paneling. 

Michael Estrada, a 2010 Scholar, drove all the way from Bellingham (near the Canadian border) to participate in the service day.

“His building prowess, collaboration, and commitment really helped us move forward with the interior of the duplex half designed for kids,” McKenna noted. “I was blown away by his dedication and so enjoyed connecting with him!”



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