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3 - 4+ hrs


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How Often Is This Offered?


Age Range

  • 6th - 8th
  • High School

Help Required



Desk Mates, a program of Volunteer Ventures MA Inc., was developed to provide volunteer- built wooden desks and bookshelves at no cost to students who lack a personal study and learning space at home. Volunteer builders are supplied with a 'build-it-yourself kit' that contains all the materials, components and instructions necessary to construct, sand and finish a desk. The kit materials are all pre-cut and pre-drilled so builders are able to build without needing to purchase, measure or cut any materials. 

What's Needed To Complete

An instructional video and written directions are available.

Whose Help Is Required

Teams of 2-3 builders is recommended.

Special Requirements


How It Makes A Difference

Where to Serve

From Home/Anywhere*


Plan ahead to assemble and sand a desk and/or bookshelf. Do you have a group or will you be on your own? Will you do it at your home, a separate location or on-site at Volunteer Ventures? Contact to schedule a mutually beneficial time for the event.

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