Desks for Distance

Desks for Distance The mission of this page is to help students who are less fortunate obtain a free desk for distance learning.All donations go directly to material.
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Hey everyone! Leah, my brother and I made 5 more frames. We have 11 total now. These will be going to an elementary scho...
03/27/2021

Hey everyone! Leah, my brother and I made 5 more frames. We have 11 total now. These will be going to an elementary school in Herndon!

I am currently on spring break (beach time!) but can’t wait to get back and keep working! Have a great day everyone. 😀

Hey everyone! Leah, my brother and I made 5 more frames. We have 11 total now. These will be going to an elementary school in Herndon!

I am currently on spring break (beach time!) but can’t wait to get back and keep working! Have a great day everyone. 😀

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone for a bit, I’ve been busy! Today me and Leah Hegerich build 3 big desks and 6 of the ...
03/23/2021

Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been gone for a bit, I’ve been busy! Today me and Leah Hegerich build 3 big desks and 6 of the new design ones! They still need the tops to go on but they already look great!

On top of that, 5 desks were picked over Saturday and Sunday.

Hope everyone had a good weekend!

If you haven’t checked out Brayden's Buds , created by Luke Jenkins, please do! Luke is a friend of mine at Woodgrove. W...
02/26/2021

If you haven’t checked out Brayden's Buds , created by Luke Jenkins, please do! Luke is a friend of mine at Woodgrove. We teamed up to provide two desks to siblings and pediatric patients in palliative / hospice care. We will definitely be working together more in the future!

Brayden is Luke’s brother, and unfortunately he suffers from many health conditions. They have spent lots of time in the hospital and Luke wanted to give back. He created Brayden's Buds to collect goods and gifts for patients and their siblings. He’s an awesome dude, please check out his page!

Thanks to Capital Caring Kids for helping with pick up as well!

Photos from Brayden's Buds's post
02/26/2021

Photos from Brayden's Buds's post

02/09/2021

Hey everyone! If you wanted a desk, but the 2x4 feet desktop was too large for you, good news! I’m changing up my design for a bit! These two designs also have different heights, so you can choose which one is best for you!

I’ll be using @Nate Evans plans - he’s a teacher out of Iowa who’s built over 1000 desks! Please check out / like his page, Woodworking with a Purpose!

I’ll post a screenshot of his plans so you all can see the design. Please, reach out if you want one - I’m going to build a lot in the upcoming weeks. Thank you all!

01/22/2021

Hey everyone. If I haven’t gotten back to your message yet, I’ll get to it sometime today. Just needed a little break. This page can overwhelm me a bit sometimes but I’m glad to be back! 😀

**Please share / repost! *EDIT - I am in Purcellville VADo you need a desk and are unable to afford one? Please shoot me...
01/11/2021

**Please share / repost!

*EDIT - I am in Purcellville VA

Do you need a desk and are unable to afford one? Please shoot me a message! I am building desks, free of charge, for students that can’t afford them! I currently have 26 in my garage and they need homes! If you can pick up, that is perfect - but I can drop off if needed! 😀 Example picture included below

CORE Foundation is awesome! If you are interested in a silent auction, raffle, and more, please keep reading! My auction...
01/02/2021

CORE Foundation is awesome! If you are interested in a silent auction, raffle, and more, please keep reading! My auction item is a “Build-What-You-Want” where you can pick a wooden item (porch swing, bedside table, etc) and I’ll build it for you (as long as it is reasonable). I’ll post pictures of things I’ve built in the past as examples. Thank you!

We are pleased to announce the 2020 CORE Community Heroes. These volunteers, groups, and partners have gone above and beyond to #BeTheChange and help our community thrive during COVID-19.

Join us on January 16th virtually at the CORE Foundation MASKerade event to honor and celebrate them. An inspirational evening of art, entertainment, inspiration, and FUNraising has been planned for you.

Start 2021 off with positivity and reserve your ticket and swag bag today. Youth tickets with include a paint-and-sip (hot chocolate) are also available with a painting session led by our CORE Young Leaders. Adult swag bags include a DIY sip-and-paint kit, Nordic Knot personal charcuterie, champagne to toast, hand sanitizer from Patient First, a CORE mask, and more. All participants have access to the silent auction, raffle, and jewelry pull.

Purchase your ticket here: https://core.cbo.io See you on January 16th, and thank you for the wonderful nominations for our heroes program.

Restoration Church: Reston E 4 E: Essentials for Education Woodworking with a Purpose YMCA Fairfax County Reston Allison McCue Helping Hungry Kids of Northern Virginia Matteo Runs Off The Charts Club USA Triathlon Foundation USA Triathlon

Hey everyone! Today, we finished 18 desks!! Over this break, we’ve done 18 desks and 2 frames. I’m getting the tops for ...
12/31/2020

Hey everyone! Today, we finished 18 desks!! Over this break, we’ve done 18 desks and 2 frames. I’m getting the tops for those two frames tomorrow. Miscounted.

I am only going to built 20 for now. As you can see, there are actually 30 desks in there right now. I still have some from Thanksgiving break. I currently have 10 that are getting dropped off / picked up - so please message me if you or someone is in need of a desk and can not afford one.

Another huge thanks to Leah Hegerich and Carter Jenkins! Couldn’t have finished all of these without them. Thank you!

More work done! Ran out / very low on screws so going on another supply run tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great day!
12/29/2020

More work done! Ran out / very low on screws so going on another supply run tomorrow. Hope everyone had a great day!

Sorry for the late post! Ended up completing 11 frames. Huge shoutout to my girlfriend, Leah Hegerich, for helping assem...
12/28/2020

Sorry for the late post! Ended up completing 11 frames. Huge shoutout to my girlfriend, Leah Hegerich, for helping assemble.

We are going to Lowe’s now for more materials - Unfortunately I forgot to charge my drills today so progress was somewhat delayed. Hoping to get 25 frames done and start putting the tops on tomorrow!

12/27/2020

Hey everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

It’ll be 1 PM when this post goes out - I’m trying something new today. I’m going to try and do all of the frames done today, and put the desktops on tomorrow. I’ll put out another post at 7PM. Curious to see how many frames I can get done in this 6 hour time frame.

Thank you all!

12/23/2020

Hey everyone! Hope you are all well. I’m planning on doing 25 desks over break! I’ll send progress pictures as I go. Planning on doing them on the days after Christmas.

With the holidays here, I ask that if you can donate, please do. My nonprofit has enough to continue doing desks for a while. However, there are plenty of organizations that can do wonderful things with more funding. Please check out CORE Foundation if you are willing to donate, as they have lots of causes they support.

Also, please check out my facebook group, Desks for Distance Outreach. There are lots of groups creating donation desks and posting their progress, and many could use more funding (if you are having any trouble joining, please DM me).

Thank you all! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

Huge shoutout to Scout Troop 969 for helping sand these desks! Thank you all!
11/29/2020

Huge shoutout to Scout Troop 969 for helping sand these desks! Thank you all!

Progress update! 6 desks completely finished and 8 on the way! Again, huge thanks to my friend Carter Jenkins for helpin...
11/25/2020

Progress update! 6 desks completely finished and 8 on the way! Again, huge thanks to my friend Carter Jenkins for helping with assembly.

Hello all!I’m planning on doing another 12 desks today. Making a lowe’s run soon. Also, huge thank you to Carter Jenkins...
11/25/2020
Desks for Distance

Hello all!
I’m planning on doing another 12 desks today. Making a lowe’s run soon.

Also, huge thank you to Carter Jenkins who is helping me build today!

Also - If you wish to donate, CORE Foundation has set up a link for me! Here it is - https://www.flipcause.com/secure/cause_pdetails/MTAxNDg3

Happy Early Thanksgiving all!

Check out Desks for Distance by CORE Foundation!

It begins! This wood here will go into the legs of two desks. I’m planning on doing 25 desks over break. If you have rea...
11/22/2020

It begins! This wood here will go into the legs of two desks.

I’m planning on doing 25 desks over break. If you have reached out to me before, please reach out again. This app got updated and i’m having trouble keeping track of my list. Thank you!

10/26/2020

Hello all,
As many of you know I am taking a break from building - however if you have a desk that you don’t want / need anymore, please contact Sarah Zollman Smarrelli. She is an English teacher at Leesburg Elem with students who could use them. Or, you can contact me and I will distribute them to other students who need them. Thank you!

10/12/2020
My Guys Moving

Another huge shoutout to My Guys Moving for this awesome video!! They were super helpful and delivered 30 desks to schools in Loudoun. Thank you!!

Northern VA high schooler, Colby Samide, started a non-profit, Desks for Distance, to help less fortunate students with distance learning. Mara Bauserman at Moss Building & Design reached out with resources and connections to make 50 desks for students in need. Lowe's Home Improvement provided building materials & supplies. Johnny Rays Sultry Soul Food sponsored lunch with his kickin’ green beans. My Guys Moving provided wheels to deliver 30 desks to local schools, and sooo many volunteers brought their love, time & energy to this great cause... Colby da man!!

10/12/2020
Moss Building & Design

Huge thank you to MOSS for putting together this incredible video. They have been incredible to work with and I’m so glad they reached out to me and offered all this support. Thank you beyond words!!

To say we had goosebumps as we watched Colby Samide on Ellen DeGeneres this week is an understatement. This young man and his organization, Desks for Distance, made a huge impact on not only our team, but our community here in Northern Virginia and now throughout the US!! You can check out his episode here as was given a few special gifts! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B04FeuCpchs

To learn more about our "Buildapalooza" with Colby, check out our video and learn more about his plans and all the hands that came together to build 50+ desks for students in the region. Very special thanks to some quick-acting sponsors including Lowe's Home Improvement for materials and volunteers, My Guys Moving for transporting the desks to area schools for distribution and Sultry Soul Food for keeping our volunteers fed so they could keep on building! And one more BIG thank you to ALL of our teammates and volunteers at MOSS who came out to prep, construct and sand each desk. It was a great day to safely gather for good deeds! Thank you, Colby!!

10/08/2020

Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know I am slowly getting to everyone’s messages. Sorry for the delay - been swamped lately. Thank you for understanding!

Also - I am taking a building desks break as I need to focus on my junior year. Sorry! I’ll let you know when production begins again, most likely a long weekend or christmas break. Then summer! Thank you!

If you are here from Ellen - welcome to my page! Please click the link below to find out more about my page. Thank you s...
10/07/2020
@DesksforDistance

If you are here from Ellen - welcome to my page! Please click the link below to find out more about my page. Thank you so much for stopping by - it means so much to me! Have a great day!
https://linktr.ee/DesksforDistance

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10/07/2020

Hello all! Big news! Yesterday I had a Zoom call with the Ellen DeGeneres show!! I’m so grateful to be able to spread my message on her platform. It’ll air today from 3-4 PM on NBC (For NoVa). If you’re somewhere else you may have to check your local listings. It’ll most likely be at the end of the segment but I’m not sure. Thank you all!! I couldn’t have done it without you. :)

Today’s build day at MOSS Building and Design was an enormous success!! Over 50 desks were built. I would like to thank ...
09/29/2020

Today’s build day at MOSS Building and Design was an enormous success!! Over 50 desks were built. I would like to thank the following;
• Moss Building & Design, for providing their workspace as well as people power
• Chantilly Lowe's Home Improvement , especially Michael and Josh, for donating materials and tools for this build. Also, thanks to employees who came from Chantilly and Stafford locations to help assemble
• My Guys Moving, for delivering the desks to schools in Loudoun County
• Sultry Soul Food for providing meals for workers and volunteers for breakfast and lunch
• To all volunteers! People who helped assemble, sand and drop off desks. Thank you!
• To Fox5, WUSA9, Voice of America, and Dominion HS press, for coming out and getting video of the event
• To you all! This page and project would have never have gotten to where it is today if it wasn’t for you. Thank you!!

09/28/2020

*Drivers needed*
Hello! I need drivers for my build day with MOSS Building and Design tomorrow. If you have an SUV or truck and want to deliver it would be greatly appreciated. The address is 4125 Lafayette Center Drive, Suite 100 Chantilly Va. Please come from 2-6 PM. 2 need to go to Ashburn, 3 to Manassas, and 5 to Leesburg.
Please shoot me a PM if you want to help - thank you!
**I know this is a late notice, I'm sorry. I had previous plans but they fell through.

09/24/2020

Hello all! If you are free Saturday from 1-2, have a truck / SUV, and want to help with dropoffs, please shoot me a message! I have 11 desks that need to be delivered, some Ashburn / Leesburg, some farther like Aldie. Let me know, thank you all!

Hello everyone. Many people have reached out to me asking how I started this because they want to recreate it in their t...
09/21/2020

Hello everyone. Many people have reached out to me asking how I started this because they want to recreate it in their towns / counties. I created a group called Desks for Distance Outreach. This group will tell you everything you need to get started! You can also post progress updates in the group to encourage other people to start this project too. It’s an awesome project for Eagle Scouts, community service groups, or anyone with any woodworking experience.

Let me know if you can join the page - it should be public, but I’m not entirely sure. Facebook groups are somewhat new to me.

Have a great one everyone!

Catch this awesome story by Jay Korff tomorrow at 8 AM on ABC7 local! Huge thank you to Mr. Korff for this. Hope everyon...
09/19/2020

Catch this awesome story by Jay Korff tomorrow at 8 AM on ABC7 local! Huge thank you to Mr. Korff for this. Hope everyone had a good day!

09/18/2020

Just wanted to give two shoutouts. First - HUGE thank you to Chantilly Lowe's Home Improvement!! They have donated around $3k in materials to the MOSS build day on the 28th. Thank you so so much!! Lowe’s has been where I’ve gotten majority of my materials and they’ve been incredible!

Also, another huge thank you to Desks by Dads in Maryland! For those who don’t know, they are where I got the inspiration for this idea. They are doing great work as well, go check out their page!!

09/16/2020

Hello everyone! Thank you all so, so much for the positive messages and comments! I’m currently swamped with school / orders (working through math homework as I speak) but I will be answering all of them as soon as I’m able. Thank you for understanding and have a great night!

Hello everyone! I’m beyond flattered and humbled to be featured on NBC tonight. Thank you everyone for tuning in and for...
09/15/2020
Virginia teen builds free desks for kids learning at home

Hello everyone! I’m beyond flattered and humbled to be featured on NBC tonight. Thank you everyone for tuning in and for the continued support!

This is a community effort and I’m just here to help. If you want to continue this project, please reach out! I would love to for this to expand to other counties and states!!

If you missed it, here’s the link - https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/virginia-teen-builds-free-desks-for-kids-learning-at-home-91729477657

Also! If you wish to support this project, my venmo is @colbysamide04. Thank you so much everyone! I’ve enjoyed this project immensely and it wouldn’t be possible without all your kindness and support. Have a great night!

Colby Samide created “Desks for Distance” to help kids who may not be able to afford their own workspace while learning remotely. He raised $4,000 in under two weeks and built 100 desks with help from volunteers.

09/14/2020

Hey all! I’ll be featured on NBC Late Night with Lester Holt sometime tonight from 7-7:30 tonight. Feel free to tune in if you want!
Thanks!!

Hello again everyone! I’ve created a YouTube video on my desk process. If you’re interested in building one, give it a w...
09/13/2020
DIY Simple and Modern Desk Tutorial

Hello again everyone! I’ve created a YouTube video on my desk process. If you’re interested in building one, give it a watch! Leave any questions in the comments or message me personally. Thanks!

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=O6VHsm8b4MI

Hello! My name is Colby Samide, and I run a non-profit called Desks for Distance. My mission is to provide desks for needy students who cannot afford a desk ...

Awesome day at Makersmith yesterday!! Thank you for everyone that came out to help. We built 20 desks!! Everyone was rea...
09/13/2020

Awesome day at Makersmith yesterday!! Thank you for everyone that came out to help. We built 20 desks!! Everyone was really helpful and I appreciate the support.

If you are still waiting for your desk and haven’t heard from me yet, it will be built on the 28th with MOSS. More details to come.

Thanks,
Colby Samide

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I'm an online teacher in a very economically disadvantaged area. I myself am responsible for teaching 50 second-graders. I know that there is a need for desks among many of my students, and I think I can find individuals and groups in the area who will build some. My concern is about donations. What is the best way to ask for donations and handle them? Would you recommend Go Fund Me? I've never formed a Go Fund Me page, but I'm nervous about handling the money myself. Suggestions?
Do you have blueprints for making these? I'm in Idaho, teaching 50 second-graders online, and asking folks to make desks for my students.
There are some chairs available in Ashburn if someone wants to get them.
Colby that was a FANTASTIC segment! way to go, I cannot wait to see what happens in the future, you are a truly inspiring young man.
Look at all these lids, Colby!! Lowe's Home Improvement in Chantilly just finished all of our desk tops for the "Buildapalooza" next week! You have inspired so many!! We are going to have so much fun getting these 50 desks built with you!
Awesome!
Saw your story on NBC Nightly News just now - wonderful work!
Just read your story on msn! I am impressed and inspired by your story. You're a great kid and will go far! Just want to say THANK YOU for helping the less fortunate. And thank you for posting the desk design. My family might try to join in your efforts to help those fortunate around us.
Aloha Colby - We live in Hawaii (used to live in Centreville, VA) and read your story. You are AWESOME! You are what America and being a good neighbor is all about. Mahalo Colby ♾☮️
I saw this posted and thought of you!
Do you have a pattern you could share? Maybe people in other communities could join your efforts for their own area.
I’ll buy 2!