HeroWork builds community, literally and figuratively.
We are an innovative organization that harnesses the power of community to uplift essential charitable agencies in our society. We inspire, engage and organize community members to donate their time, resources and spirit to charities that need better buildings to deliver services to the vulnerable among us.
When recipients partner with HeroWork to respond to this basic need for refuge, the result is increased engagement of the community, increased awareness of the recipient charity, and the development of leadership and volunteer capacity that ripples out to touch other parts of society.
We create events called Radical Renovations – imagine a modern-day barn raising – where dozens of companies and hundreds of volunteers come together with exceptional cooperation and common vision. Events kick off with an opening ceremony and block party, and then continue for anywhere from two days to four weekends. Everyone stops work for lunch and dinner, which is donated and catered for volunteers by local restaurants and hotels. At the end of the project, we put on a “Big Reveal” during which the building is unveiled to a select group from the charity. This reveal is streamed live on to monitors so all the volunteers can see the amazed look of gratitude on recipients’ faces.
The short timelines, close quarters, and cooperative atmosphere bind people together. There is constant excitement and camaraderie. We use social media to tell the story of the people and businesses who rise up to make it happen. Radical Renovations ripple out goodwill into the community by providing an example of what can be done when people work together with common vision and good planning.
But before the magic of a Radical Renovation event can be realized, HeroWork spends many months with each recipient. With HeroWork’s experience and guidance from the experts who volunteer their services, we help recipients maximize the potential impact of their renovation.
During the planning stage, HeroWork staff and volunteers guide the recipient charity through needs analysis, scope definition, and detailed planning of every aspect of the renovation. From this work, HeroWork develops a budget and timeline and identifies the necessary supplies, trades and construction experts, and other volunteers that will make the Radical Renovation a reality.
Also during the planning stage, HeroWork utilizes its social networks to bring together the many volunteers who will make the project succeed. Volunteers are invited to participate in a series of workshops designed to build a strong, cohesive team, and increase the leadership capacity of every participant.
We spend time and resources to layout and plan the available space to meet the long-term vision for future program delivery, to identify and mitigate risks associated with major renovations and to provide professionals who develop the engineering and architectural plans that are essential for a successful project.
Between 2011 and 2016, we have delivered seven projects, valued at nearly $1.9 million. Each one has been delivered on (or below) budget and on schedule. After each project, we spend significant time reviewing the details of the Radical Renovation and adjust to make the next project even better.