The Community Design Collaborative gives design professionals a unique way to volunteer.

Become part of a Community Design Collaborative project team and give nonprofit organizations the preliminary design assistance they need to create stronger organizations, projects, and neighborhoods. To be eligible to volunteer, you must be:

  • Located in the greater Philadelphia area, which includes Philadelphia, Bucks, Camden, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.

  • A professional in a design or design-related field. There are occasional opportunities for post-secondary design students to shadow a team.

  • Able to attend one mid-day project review meeting at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture before being placed on a project team.

  • Available to donate at at least 20 hours in pro bono design services over a six-month period.

  • Able to attend four mid-day project meetings (kickoff, midreview, final review, and wrap-up) at the Philadelphia Center for Architecture over a six-month period.

To support the management and placement of our growing corps of volunteers, the Community Design Collaborative charges a one-time volunteer application fee of $40, which was recently increased for the first time.

In return, you'll receive:

  • Design Matters, a monthly digest of community design news, events, and opportunities

  • Quarterly alerts about volunteer opportunities

  • Opportunities to work with multidisciplinary teams of design professionals

  • Opportunities to work directly with nonprofit clients and communities

  • Opportunities to advise on other projects at biweekly project review meetings

  • Documentation of your in-kind contributions

  • Public recognition for your volunteer service

  • IDP and continuing education credits

Apply to volunteer!

Not eligible to volunteer? Sign up to receive Design Matters, a monthly digest of community design news, events, and opportunities.

You can also "meet" some of our volunteers by watching interviews with them on our YouTube channel.


Volunteers survey a project site in Germantown.

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