Community Workshops teach reuse skills to students and community groups like Youth Homes, Girl Scouts, and Mountain Home Montana. These workshops teach shop safety, reuse, and job training skills to groups. Students have the option to build something they keep – like a coat rack or birdhouse made out of reclaimed wood – or they can build larger items for other nonprofits around town (such as raised garden beds for the Missoula Food Bank).
Groups leave our shop with lifelong skills and a sense of accomplishment and empowerment. Recently, the YWCA GRIT (Girls Representing in Trades) group visited us over spring break to build benches for the future YWCA shelter. A group of 12 rad teens spent the day with Steve learning how to use the chop saw, power tools, and how to measure twice and cut once. They ended the workshop with four amazing benches and a sense of accomplishment as they added one more skill to their toolbelts.