POV: Point of View

Sharefest’s Workday

June 2014

“Sharefest develops comprehensive programs and services that strengthen communities and meet the needs in the lives of children and families.”

One of the ways that the non-profit organization achieves its ambi- tious goals is by fostering volunteerism that provides opportunities for youth, families, businesses, churches and other local entities to invest themselves into their community. Sharefest’s annual Workday is a powerful catalyst for community building that is a vital part of its mission. Workday mobilizes thousands of volunteers of all ages to work on community projects designed to meet tangible needs. Sharefest volunteers paint, clean, plant, refurbish, and beautify schools, parks, and public facilities at no cost to recipients, thanks to donors and supporters.

This year Withee Malcolm participated in Sharefest’s Workday by transforming the teacher’s lounge at Broad Avenue Elementary. Recognizing the scope of the task, we rallied the support of like- minded industry colleagues and vendors to completely renovate the tired facility in just one day.

On the Monday after we completed the work, school Principal Sandra Winchell celebrated the event with a surprise ribbon cutting ceremony at the entrance of the teacher’s lounge, which also coincided with Teacher Appreciation week. All of the teachers were completely surprised by what we were able to do to their space and were truly appreciative.

Thank you everyone! It was a great team effort including Withee Malcolm staffers: Aram Barseghyan, Anthony Corbin, Sarah Fischer, Daniel Matola, Chris Pyter, Lorenz Quinley Guillermo Trujillo, Anibal Vargas, Dan Withee and Joseph Wu.

Special thanks goes to our colleagues, whose important contributions helped make the transformation possible:

Patio Furniture
BKM Office Environments
Racheal McCormick

Patio Landscape & Installation
MJS Design Group
Mark Schattinger
Nick, Alex Bradyn & Tolalf

Quick Crete Products Corp.
Mr. Brian Gotz

Kitchen Cabinets
AM Cabinets
Dane McKay / Travis McKay

Sink & Faucet
Modern Air
Jeremy Ralph

Demo of Original Cabinetry
Belyea Construction
Steve Belyea

Eds Plumbing
Edward Owens

Paint Supplies & Workday Management
River Church of the South Bay
Marc Daniel

Design & Implementation/Painting
Withee Malcolm Architects, LLP
Dan, Sarah, Guillermo, Anthony, Aram, Chris, Lorenz, Joseph, Anibal