Your Business and The Makery at the Hannaford Career Center
ACEDC has been involved with The Makery since its inception, serving on the Steering Committee, providing a $1,000 grant, assisting with a successful $10,000 ThinkVt Innovation grant, and even staffing the front desk. The Makery is now open every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM and offers four labs: Woodworking, Sewing, Computer &Design, and 3D Printing. To grow, add more hours and labs, The Makery needs your help.
Mentors: To successfully operate current labs and add new labs (and hours), The Makery needs mentors. Maker Spaces thrive on collaboration. Mentors act as proctors for each lab, offering advice and oversee safety, and are primarily there to answer questions, ensuring that Makers don’t get frustrated and give up. Mentors normally staff a lab one Thursday a month and get a membership discount for every shift worked. Mentors do not have to be experts but should be knowledgeable of the equipment and skills for the lab they mentor. Mentors are needed for the existing labs and more labs can be added if enough mentors volunteer to staff a new lab.
Memberships for Employees: Consider offering a new company benefit for the makers you employ. Makery membership is a low-cost benefit option that encourages entrepreneurship and has long-lasting impacts on the community.
Donation of Materials and Machinery& Equipment: The Makery welcomes the donation of consumable materials and new or used machinery and equipment for use in current and future labs. It could be wood, hardware, fabric, 3D printer filament, sewing machines, 3D printers, a laser cutter, welding equipment, or even a laser cutter! Donations may be tax-deductible and all donations will be recognized.
Corporate Sponsorship: Regardless of the size of your company, consider a sustaining donation to The Makery to support ongoing operations and help ensure future growth. Various levels of sponsorship come with different benefits, including membership, but all receive a promotion at The Makery and in all publications.
Class Sponsorships: Consider sponsoring an adult education class taught by one of your employees.
This can be a great way to showcase your products or services and identify talent in the community that may be a match for your needs. Classes from 2 hours to 20 have been offered in the past. For details, contact Hannaford Career Center Assistant Director for Adult Education at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you or someone in your business are interested, contact The Makery at email@example.com.