Space found – Decatur Makers have new homeThese kids are jumping, presumably because they are happy that Decatur Makers has found a new home. Photo taken by Russell Kaye, submitted to Decaturish.com via Decatur Makers.
Decatur Makers has been working since December 2012 to find a permanent place where kids can invent, build and dream.
On March 19, the group announced they’d found a place to hang their 3D-printed hat.
According to a press release, Decatur Makers will lease an unused gymnasium from First Christian Church of Decatur, a 3,200 square foot facility across from the Decatur post office. Under the terms of the five-year lease, Decatur Makers will have to make improvements to the building.
The group is now trying to raise money and recruit volunteers to help them fix the place up as a suitable workshop for the tiny tinkerers.
“The generosity of First Christian Church is turning an idea into a reality for the Decatur community,” Lew Lefton, chair Decatur Makers, said in a press release. “If people in our community match that generosity in the form of financial gifts and volunteer hours, we can have the space open before the fall.”
Decatur Makers will hold a “Clean out the Space” event this Saturday, March 22, from 9 am to 2 pm. The fundraising goal is $50,000 and will pay for repairs like electrical wiring and drywall installation.
Anyone interested in donating can make a tax-deductible gift online at DecaturEducationFoundation.org. Be sure to write “Decatur Makers” in the comments box, the group says.