Volunteer Efforts

we believe in building community through volunteerism

Our Vision:

That all students experience the joyful and relevant education they deserve.  

Our Mission is to provide places of learning with the support and resources they need to give students the education they deserve.  In doing so, communities thrive, innovation happens everywhere and the world is a better place.

As a social enterprise, our company operates under a hybrid model.  We are truly a mission-driven business which seeks to address the challenges our educational system faces, especially in rural areas where access and opportunities are out of reach for many of our nations youth and educators.

We are invested in our community and region, and welcome opportunities to volunteer our time and expertise on projects which align with our mission and core values.

Current Volunteer Efforts and Causes:

Green Room Arts Studio

In the summer of 2015, we wrote grants which allowed the Tehama County Arts Council to offer free arts and maker workshops for families.  The “Maker Summer” was so successful for the Green Room, that we wrote another round of grants, allowing them to continue offering free and low cost workshops.  The program continues today, through volunteer efforts and the generous donations received from Dignity Health Foundation and Rolling Hills Community Development Foundation.

Leadership Team Expect More Tehama

Our CEO, Michelle Carlson, is a member of the Expect More Tehama leadership team, a grassroots movement focused on community improvement and collaboration across a diverse set of stakeholder groups.

Maker Educator Meetups

We’ve partnered with San Francisco’s Exploratorium and Redding’s Turtle Bay Exploration Park to offer Maker Educator Meetups (MEM) at Turtle Bay, beginning in February of 2016.

The MEMs are an all-volunteer effort to provide educators throughout the region with opportunities to meet and learn from each other. The goals of MEMs are support, networking, and equity — bringing design and making to all youth.

Thanks to support from Dignity Health Foundation, we will be able to offer food at these meetings, along with great activities and opportunities to learn and build community among rural educators.

#TheTestIsLifeWe are excited about the recent launch of #TheTestIsLife, a grassroots movement seeking to empower teachers to place focus on the real test we prepare kids for in education, which is life.  While data are an important piece of the education puzzle, all too often, we find teachers feeling pressure to focus all of their energy on preparing kids for tests, which leaves them unprepared for life as young adults.

The movement, which offers a positive and solution based approach that has no cost associated with it, has garnered some impressive and well-known support in it’s early days and we’re looking forward to growth and positive change as we move forward.

Past Board Memberships & Volunteering:

For more than a decade, Michelle Carlson has been active in her community, both as a volunteer and small business woman.  Building community is about finding the perfect harmony of economic development and volunteerism.  We need both to grow and prosper.

  • Tehama County Arts Council, past board member
  • State Theatre For The Arts , past board member
  • Downtown Red Bluff Business Association, past board member
  • Fundraisers for various community events and organizations, such as Cards For A Cause
Green Room Website Donation

In 2013, a board member from the Tehama County Arts Council (TCAC) approached us about their need for a website to allow the community to better access their community arts studio’s programming.

We donated time and resources to develop their website, which has helped the TCAC to promote upcoming art classes and workshops and to connect with the community in more ways.

Jim and Michelle Carlson volunteer

In 2015, Jim and Michelle Carlson donated nearly $20,000 in services to create custom made furniture, lighting and design elements to the Tehama County Department of Education’s (TCDE) new makerspace.

Maker Educator Convening

In May, 2015, Michelle Carlson volunteered to participate in a panel discussion on poverty and equity in making, led by the Maker Education Initiative.