Our Events

Everybody Builds hosted and attended a series of events throughout 2023. Connecting through these events strengthened and grew our partnerships and created real connections and opportunities for members of our community and industry. Here’s a sampling of what the year had to offer!

During the Eastern Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters’ Open House, Everybody Builds hosted informational sessions to introduce Everybody Builds and the Carpenters Apprenticeship Ready Program (CARP). Outreach was targeted to contractor partners. During the open house, construction management company LF Driscoll committed to interviewing pre-apprentices and apprentices to consider for hire. 

This open house was the second in a series. Everybody Builds is continuing to host outreach events for contractors to learn more about pre-apprenticeship and apprenticeship programs and workforce hiring opportunities.

Everybody Builds hosted “Building Bridges“, an Awareness & Employment Connections event in partnership with Wexford Science and Technology. Nearly 100 attendees, including contractors, developers, pre-apprentices and apprentices, and trades & city representatives were in attendance. 

As a direct result of the “Building Bridges“ event, at least two CARP graduates were sponsored within 2 weeks. Since then, two Journeypersons who graduated from the CARP program have been elevated to management roles. 

Thank you to our event sponsors Wexford Science and Technology, Intech, Turner, Perryman, CCT, CARP. Maven Inc., and the Eastern Atlantic States Carpenters Technical College.

Andreina Perez Hein speaks to “Building Bridges” attendees.

Everybody Builds was pleased to support the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC)’s 2023 MyWIC Camp and Block Kids Competition by serving as part of the planning committee, a top-level sponsor, and volunteering time.

The MyWIC Camp is a free, Philadelphia area construction industry day camp for 7th through 12th grade girls designed to provide hands-on experience and knowledge of the industry and the multiple trades. Our sponsorship was able to cover the cost of boots, work belts, work gloves, and backpacks for 38 girls. 

Along with other industry partners, Everybody Builds’ Executive Director Andreina Perez Hein also served as a judge for Block Kids, a construction trade careers awareness competition for first through sixth graders. More than 100 students participated in the competition includingAndreina’s daughter, who won 2nd place among the 1st graders. Everybody Builds’ Manager of Operations & Strategy, Dorothy Smith, volunteered as a planning committee member on the day of the event to ensure the event’s success. 

Everybody Builds’ Dorothy Smith (right) and Andreina Perez Hein (center) with Mary Gaffney, NAWIC Board President/ President GEM Mechanical (left).

Everybody Builds hosted a Construction Trades Fair at CCP’s West Philadelphia Career & Advanced Technology Center. The event brought together more than 13 trade and workforce development partners, including IBEW Local 98, the Finishing Trades Institute of the Mid-Atlantic Region (FTI-MAR), Women in Nontraditional Careers (WINC), CARP, and the Samuel Staten Sr. Pre-Apprenticeship Program, among others. 

This event raised awareness of Everybody Builds’ Trade and workforce partners, introduced community members to career pathways into the trades, and highlighted how contractors can tap into these programs to find new talent. 

Team members from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and their contractor partners highlighted construction projects in West Philadelphia. Third District Councilmember Jamie Gauthier expressed her support for developing workforce opportunities for her constituents through careers in the trades. Also in attendance were Philadelphia City Councilmembers At-Large Katherine Gilmore Richardson and Isaiah Thomas. 

Of the nearly 100 attendees at the sold-out event, 54 identified as job seekers, with the remainder comprising construction managers, general contractors, subcontractors, developers, service providers, and city representatives. 

Programs were able to connect directly with community members and were successful in recruiting applicants for upcoming cohorts. 

Thank you to our event sponsors; CHOP, LF Driscoll, Gilbane, Pride Enterprises, Interior Finish Contractors Association, and the Carpenter Contractor Trust.

Student participants at the Construction Trades Fair Event.