One of the Guild’s primary objectives is to help charitable causes through our woodworking skills. With that in mind, listed below are some of the charitable causes that we have worked on. If you would like to get involved with working on a charitable project while learning from other Guild members, contact our .
2012 Second Prize Award: Minwax® Do Good With Wood
A $2,000 cash grant and a supply of Minwax® products was awarded to The Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia, based in Atlanta, GA. The guild members are being recognized for their work on behalf of the Life Legacy Box Project for patients in hospice care. Started by doctors, nurses, and caregivers, the Life Legacy Box project provides handcrafted wooden boxes for hospice patients to house special papers and mementos that they want to leave to their loved ones. Woodworkers, health professionals, and other volunteers work with the hospice patients and their families and friends to create and distribute the boxes as a means for honoring, preserving, and passing down one’s life legacy.
2000 Grand Prize Winner: Minwax® Do Good With Wood
The Woodworkers’ Guild of Georgia received a $5,000 cash grant and a supply of Minwax® products. The Guild members are seen here working on projects with boys from the Mountain Top Boys’ Home. Since it was founded in 1980, the Mountain Top Boys’ Home has provided education and social nurturing to boys ages 14 thru 17 that have been adjudicated by the courts. In 2000, a wood shop was completed with updated equipment, and an outstanding vocational education program was installed by volunteers from the Woodworkers Guild of Georgi Centa.
2019 Craddock Center Children’s Toy Donation
On December 4, 2019, the Woodworkers Guild of Georgia delivered to the Craddock Center in Cherry Log, Georgia, 50 wooden toy trucks, 44 hand cut puzzles, and crayons to color the puzzle parts. The presentation of the toy trucks and puzzles was made by Gary Fader, President of the Guild, and Nuane Neely, a Guild Board member. Ms. Pam Colvin represented The Craddock Center.
The Craddock Center provides support to preschool age children, typically 3 to 5 years of age, located in the mountains of North Georgia. It was noted by the Craddock Center that the toys presented by the Guild were very appropriate for the children served by that agency to be used as holiday gifts.
The toy truck and puzzle components were fabricated by several of the Guild members at their home workshops, with the final assembly occurring during the regular Guild September meeting at Woodcraft Supply, LLC, in Roswell, Georgia. The many members that were present assembled and glued the components for the toy trucks and puzzles. The Guild appreciates the help provided by Herman Clark, local resident of Ellijay and long-time Guild member, in arranging this donation to The Craddock Center. The Guild sincerely hopes that the trucks and puzzles will provide some measure of joy to the children that receive them and subsequently be passed on to other children.
2018 Scottish Rite Children’s Toy Donation
On Monday December 17, 2018, The Woodworkers Guild of Georgia delivered 50 wooden toy trucks and 60 wooden puzzles to The Children’s Hospital of Atlanta at their Scottish Rite facility. All trucks and puzzles bore a brand indicating they were crafted by the Guild. The Guild was represented by Gary Fader, Jim Wright and Nuane Neely in presenting the gifts.
The toy trucks were prepared during two work sessions at Woodcraft and by some individuals working at their home shops. The puzzles were cut out on the scroll saws of several members at their home shops. Final assembly and finish sanding of the puzzles was done at Woodcraft during a work session as part of our October meeting. The Guild is most grateful to all members who participated in crafting the trucks and puzzles. We will let you imagine the joy the children received when they were presented these gifts.
Life Legacy Projects
The Life Legacy Box Project is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide hand-crafted wooden “Life Legacy Boxes” to hospice patients and their families to acknowledge a life well spent, facilitate gathering, storing, and passing on their treasured mementos, messages, and to create and share stories for current and future generations.
In the fall of 2011 Jeff Slaton (Asst. Mgr. the Rockler Woodworking and Hardware in Sandy Springs) approached The Woodworkers Guild of Georgia to see if the guild would be interested in becoming a sponsor and contributor to this program. The Guild Board unanimously agreed to participate in the meaning full endeavor. Over the next two years guild members have built and donated over 100 hand-crafted wooden “Life Legacy Boxes” and continue to provide these hand-crafted boxes when needed.
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