Community Outreach

Women’s Advocates

IIDA is proud to partner with Women’s Advocates, a support and advocacy group for women and children of domestic abuse. Our last project challenge was to design a refresh to the shelter’s common lounge and meditation room in their St. Paul location. Donations were secured and volunteers were enlisted to design this space, remodel it, and install furniture. For more information about Women’s Advocates, please visit their website.

Special Spaces

IIDA was proud to partner with Special Spaces Twin Cities to design a new bedroom for a little girl who has gone through a tremendous illness. Our volunteers stepped up to transform this space with donated products from the commercial design industry. Nora came home to see her newly decorated room and was extremely excited. The parents were overwhelmed with emotion and were extremely pleased with the results. We are thrilled to have been chosen for this partnership!

Design School: School of Engineering and Arts

IIDA Northland has partnered for a few years running the School of Engineering and Arts (SEA) to conduct workshops that give elementary-aged children a peek into the world of design. Volunteers, including designers, architects, and contractors, interact with 4th grade students and educate them on the stages of the design process. Students are then presented with a design challenge of their own and participate in a series of activities to propose a solution. While they finalize their design concept using donated materials and images from the design industry, they also learn how to put together a scaled drawing. We receive great feedback from both the students and the volunteers for this energizing event.


About The School of Engineering and Arts:
“The School of Engineering and Arts, rooted in the STEAM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts + Math] philosophy, will provide a Stimulating and Engaging Atmosphere that fosters all students’ innate curiosity and joy of discovery to achieve high levels of success. Students will positively contribute as citizens in a diverse and global community.”  For more information, please visit their website.

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