Building character, responsibility and leadership by engaging high school students in local and global community service.
B3 works within communities, both here and abroad, to build solutions to their most pressing challenges. Whether it’s the construction of a classroom, aqueduct, or a series of latrines, B3’s student and adult volunteers provide the labor and funding to build projects that are sustainable: we only select projects that will endure; inclusive: each project must impact the entire community, or be part of a larger initiative; and responsive: we don’t specialize, we build what’s needed where it’s needed most.
We believe that service is a powerful and transformational experience for everyone involved. The benefits of our building projects extend far beyond the physical work site; our projects stand as symbols of hope, compassion, and cooperation. B3 has been revealing the power of volunteerism to high school students since 1993. With initially just 29 participants enrolled in our program, we now serve hundreds of students and thousands of families annually. As our program grows, embracing new partnerships with the Peace Corps and other organizations, so does our ability to build a better world.
As part of our mission to build a better world, we also hope to build a bigger world by expanding the horizons of our volunteers and the communities they serve. By working hand in hand and side by side with our host communities, our volunteers become compassionate and capable global citizens, and the communities we serve realize that they are not alone in their struggles. Each year, B3 contributes over 20,000 hours of service in benefit of communities in need, both near and far.
History: B3 began in 1993 as a small group of 29 students known as Kingdom Builders led by Jeri and John Skinner. By 2001, the organization became known officially as Builders Beyond Borders, receiving its 501 (c)(3) not for profit status the following year. At this time, the organization, with its newly formed Board of Directors, made the decision to focus on both local and global community service projects. In 2007, the Skinners retired from B3 after seeing it grow to include over 300 students from 20 area high schools. Today, B3 continues to work locally and globally contributing over 20,000 hours of service each year through its student and adult efforts.
Builders Beyond Borders has worked with communities to build much needed projects in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Peru, and Tobago. Click here for descriptions and photos of past trips.