If you know anything about the foster care system, you’ll know that it provides comfort and stability to children who come from abusive or neglectful homes.
I want to use this woodworking event to help out in a small way.
I’m asking you to dedicate a little shop time to create a toy, game or puzzle, and donate it. We’ve teamed up with an organization that places foster children in Arizona called Southwest Human Development (website). The non-profit is the largest of its kind in Arizona, and provides a vast number of early childhood development programs in literacy, disability, education, and child welfare.
One of the things they do is place children in foster homes, and to help make the transition each child gets a toy. In this case, the kids will get a handcrafted wood toy that you make.
So, it’s not really a toy. It’s a symbol of support you can provide to an abused or neglected child.
Want some inspiration? By all means, please check out the gallery of ideas at bottom. I’ve assembled them on Pinterest the bottom.
$500 Credit to Woodworkers Source
$300 Credit to Woodworkers Source
$100 Credit to Woodworkers Source
We’re going to exhibit all the projects for the public to view! Come see for yourself, and send your friends and family.
When: November 6 – 11, 2017
Where: Woodworkers Source
18115 N. Black Canyon Hwy
Phoenix, AZ 85023
November 11, 2017, 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
We’ll host an awards ceremony with hors d’oeuvres and a casual atmosphere and live music.
Frequently Asked Questions & Details
No, you can keep it.
We only have so much space, so we’re asking for small projects.
It’s not judged.
Instead, we have a public vote system. This contest is more or less for fun, so we simply gather votes from anyone who comes to view the projects. That also means we encourage you to invite your friends and family to come down to browse the projects and log a vote.
Historically, the projects that win prizes are very creative or include dazzling details. Take a look at our past contests to get a feel for what wins:
Your project can look like anything you want, it’s your project. But if you’re interested in winning, it will need to stand out from the crowd.
Because we want to encourage you to build a project, and contribute to a good cause and fun event.
Woodworkers Source is a different kind of woodworking shop, and this event is one of the things we do to say thanks to our customers.
We view this as a two-way street:
We love to see the projects you make. This contest is also a cool way to celebrate art, and gives us a fun and different way to say thank you to our esteemed customers.
Additionally, Woodworkers Source will match each donated project with a $25 donation to Southwest Human Development to help fund foster care, literacy and early childhood programs.
Yes, make as many as you like.
But pick one for the entry into the contest portion of the show.
Sure. Send it here:
3200 N. Hayden Road, Suite 280
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Vice President of Operations – Woodworkers Source
We’re a family-owned lumber & woodworking supply retailer with 3 delightful stores in Arizona, and 35 friendly employees.
Mark oversees the company and creates tutorials on wood finishing and woodworking tips for hardwood lumber.