Southwest Human Development offers rewarding team builders

The COVID-19 pandemic caused an abrupt change in every workplace, with many organizations changing their operations or requiring employees to work from home. It’s still unclear when COVID-19 will be fully under control. But as vaccination rates go up, many organizations are returning to in-person work or transitioning to an in-person/remote work hybrid.

After spending so much time apart, returning to work is a time for engaging and reconnecting with our colleagues. Southwest Human Development offers rewarding team builders that make a lasting impact for Arizona’s children. And whether your team is working in-person, remotely or a bit of both, we can customize a team building experience for you. Here are some of the team builders we offer:

Build a Little Free Library™

Little Free Libraries are “take one, leave one” book stations that are installed in communities of need to increase access to books. Your team can build a Little Free Library (or Libraries) to support early literacy here in Arizona!

Each Little Free Library kit comes to you as a stack of wood with an “easier than IKEA” assembly process. Groups get to choose the colors and design of their Library, then paint and assemble it as a team. Our staff will host and facilitate the activity, as well as provide all materials.

When the Library is complete, Southwest Human Development will pick it up and place it in the community. You can choose the location and we can also help organize an installation and unveiling event with your team.

The Little Free Library build experience is a fun and engaging activity that will help your team bond and support local communities. Whether you have a team of 6 or a team of 150, we can organize a build that works for your organization.

Hear what April Skeete, Corporate Citizenship Sr. Specialist at GoDaddy, and Mike Mulvihill, Lead Facilitator/Founder of PossibiliTEAMS, have to say about our Little Free Library building experience:

Learn more about Little Free Libraries.

Create Reading Buddies

Reading Buddies are stuffed animals that help young children practice reading in a nonjudgmental environment. Depending on the age of the child, children can read to their Buddy, or cuddle their Buddy while a caregiver reads to them!

Your team can participate in a Reading Buddies building activity to help young children grow a love of reading. Each team member will receive supplies to stuff an animal, create a “birth certificate,” decorate their “travel case” and write a letter from the animal to the child.

Reading Buddies are delivered to children in our early literacy programs. Each child who receives a Reading Buddy will also receive a new high-quality children’s book.

Southwest Human Development will provide all necessary materials and facilitate a Reading Buddies activity. This team builder can be done in person or virtually, so your team can participate even if they’re working from home!

Check out these highlights from our Reading Buddy team builder with LaneTerralever:

Learn more about Reading Buddies.

Drives to Help Them Thrive

You may have participated in a workplace drive before, but Southwest Human Development’s team building drives are way more than a box in the lobby! Our hybrid drives combine virtual and in-person engagement by connecting your team to support the most vulnerable children and their families through access to books, school supplies, holiday gifts and more.

Whether it’s decorating cards at home, delivering backpacks to children in need or finding personalized holiday gifts for children in our programs, there are opportunities year-round for every organization looking to give back to their community.

If your team participates in a drive, Southwest Human Development will also provide a virtual toolkit with customized social media graphics, zoom backgrounds, fundraising email templates, virtual contest ideas and anything else to best support your experience.

Read more about our drives.

Make an investment in your team and Arizona’s youth by participating in one of Southwest Human Development’s team builder experiences. No matter how big your team is, where you’re located or if you’re working from home, we can help find the right fit for you!

Click here to read more about our team builder opportunities. If you have any questions or would like to set up a custom consultation, please contact David Reno, senior manager of donor partnerships, at (602) 769-3958 or