B::Engaged is a community engagement group at Ballinger that connects with and impacts the Philadelphia community through long-term commitments and short-term volunteer work. With a focus on design, B::Engaged is an opportunity for staff members to lend their skills to the surrounding community and gain a broader perspective.
Ballinger makes an annual monetary contribution to the Community Design Collaborative, a Philadelphia organization that strengthens neighborhoods by pairing design professionals with non-profits to revitalize communities. Currently 12 Ballinger volunteers are working with community non-profits through the Community Design Collaborative. B::Engaged is also participating in Spark, an apprenticeship program, and a mentorship program for students at Philadelphia’s Charter High School of Architecture and Design.
Recent short-term service projects include Cradle to Crayons, Philabundance and Love Your Park. By bringing together various volunteer efforts throughout the office, B::Engaged offers both accountability and flexibility for staff members interested in enriching the built and social fabric of the community.