The Makerspace has been passing on masks free of charge. Everyone has been wonderful donating material and their time. Now that the CDC has recommended that everyone wear a face covering, the Makerspace is not able to keep up with the demand, even with all the lovely people in the community sewing the way they are.
Another important issue is that raw materials are getting short of supply. Therefore I have recruited some local small businesses to help with the efforts. These small businesses are not able to obtain materials without buying them – especially since everyone in the nation is in this same situation. The small businesses also have employees that they would like to not have to lay off. Most companies that are in need of large numbers of masks would actually be buying them if they were readily available.
By buying materials, and purchasing things through our local businesses, not only are we getting protective equipment into people’s hands, but we are also supporting local businesses – who in turn can then pay their employees who are our friends and neighbors. Moving forward, this not only protects people’s health but also people’s jobs and livelihood.
I understand that some organizations may not be in a position to purchase masks. If that is the case, please contact us and we can donate masks to that team. Please understand that pulling in the local upholstery industry (and soon seamstresses, etc) is an effort to both protect people’s health and their livelihood.
Bellingham Makerspace is working with the local county and hospital authorities to address the shortage of personal protective equipment in the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. We have been coordinating with many local home grown groups of people who have been making handmade face masks, 3d printed face shields, and distributing them to people and organizations in need. To find out how you can help, visit our Forms and Documents page to see what kinds of projects we have available, or to apply as a volunteer.
Come on down to the Makerspace on October 19th from Noon to 5 and design, build and show off your costumes for Halloween! Our full textile space and fabrication is at your disposal, along with the wonderful Mo Green as an instructor to help make your costume ideas into fantastic reality!
We are hosting a winter clean-up day and would love your help! We will be clearing out everything from winter blues to old projects. We will also, quite literally, be putting up a fresh coat of paint from 10 am to 3 pm on January 21st. This special Monday is also MLKday, don’t forget to give back to the community!
We hope to see you all there. Thank you for your support!
What: ARTility installation with PSE & Bellingham Makerspace
When: TWO opportunities!
Sunday, November 18, 1:00-4:00pm & Monday, November 19, 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: Sehome Substation (near 725 N State Street), Bellingham
What to bring:warm weather dependent clothes (you’ll be outside), gloves with fingers, AND an awesome attitude. This event is designed to be a fun way to integrate your work into our community.
Come for the whole time or even 30 minutes!
No tickets needed. Just show up!
Join PSE employees and the Bellingham Makerspace for the next ARTility installation on the Sehome Substation Fence in Bellingham. This project is designed to promote beautification in our community by working with local artists to install art on PSE owned infrastructure across the Puget Sound. The Sehome Substation will present a unique opportunity to showcase the locally loved “Bellingham Flag” design that will be represented in numerous mosaic acrylic pieces, to be installed by volunteers and PSE employees. In addition, this PSE sponsored program is supporting students experiencing homelessness to participate in career connected STEM enrichment experiences through Bellingham Makerspace new TechX youth program. The installation includes tying acrylic pieces to the substation fence. No experience necessary and a great opportunity to help beautify a PSE asset.
We are excited to announce our new and improved Volunteer Orientation! Every first Saturday of the month, beginning October 6, there will be a new volunteer orientation from 11 am – 12 pm. After a short break, there will be a brief training session for all volunteers. Light refreshments will be provided!
If you haven’t already, click here to fill out the Volunteer Application form. Available positions are: Shop Host, Media Wizard, Social Marketing Guru, Content Writer Extraordinaire, and Tool Champion– click here for more info!
Please bring your laptop/tablet/smart phone in order to access certain orientation materials. (Must be Internet-capable.) If this is a problem for you, please let us know in advance!
Aim to arrive 10-15 min early to the session, especially if you need to fill out a waiver form.
If you have any questions, or would like to be notified via email of this event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line “Volunteer Orientation”. We look forward to seeing you there!
We are excited to announce our new and improved Volunteer Orientation! Every first Saturday of the month, beginning October 6, there will be a new volunteer orientation from 11 am – 12 pm. After a short break, there will be a brief training session for all volunteers. Refreshments will be provided!
If you haven’t already, click here to fill out the Volunteer Application form.