When the Professional Women in Building Council of the Upstate (PWB) brainstormed ways to generate funds for enriching opportunities for both their members and the community, they aimed for innovation. Being integral to the building community, they sought an endeavor that would unite community members in a constructive project. Crafting a She Shed emerged as the perfect endeavor.
By leveraging their connections within the Home Builders Association of Greenville (HBA of Greenville), the PWB secured materials from GBS Building Supply, architectural expertise from The Roof Depot, shutters and window boxes from Southern Crafted Shutters, flooring from Clayton Tile, lighting from Ferguson Kitchen & Bath Showroom, paint from Sherwin Williams on Butler Rd, and even enlisted 3D renderings from Beyond the Blueprint. This collaborative effort marked the completion of Step One.
The subsequent challenge was to assemble the shed. While PWB members were eager participants, the council sought to elevate the experience. They enlisted custom builders from the HBA of Greenville—Coln Construction, Fairview Custom Homes, and CarsonSpeer—to provide skilled labor and guidance. Additionally, they engaged students from the Golden Strip Career Center (GSCC), including those in Building Construction and Automotive Collision programs, expanding the project's impact.
On January 23rd, high school students collaborated with master carpenters, learning essential techniques and gaining insights into potential career paths. Bryson Lewis, one such student, expressed his gratitude for the valuable lessons learned. Coln Construction's John praised the opportunity to mentor future professionals, even discussing potential hires through GSCC's Work-Based Learning program.
In subsequent sessions, GSCC Automotive Collision students joined PWB members in priming and painting the shed, fostering meaningful dialogue and connections between generations. Kristin Meyer, a PWB member, highlighted the mutual benefits of such collaborations, emphasizing the value of mentorship and shared experiences.
Ultimately, the She Shed project proved immensely successful, uniting HBA members and students alike. Its unveiling at the Southern Home and Garden Show from February 23rd to 25th marks a culmination of collaborative efforts and serves as a testament to the power of community engagement.
If you’d like to learn more about the Greenville County Career Centers, visit https://www.greenville.k12.sc.us/Schools/special/
To learn more about the HBA or PWB visit https://hbaofgreenville.com/
To purchase raffle tickets to win the She Shed (drawing will take place on 2/25) visit https://www.zeffy.com/en-US/ticketing/888ed108-949f-4f78-bb0b-4a8658958322
To learn more about the Southern Home and Garden Show and see the She Shed in person, visit https://southernhomeandgardenshow.com/
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