LaunchSpace in Orange seeking tool, equipment donations

  • LaunchSpace is located on the third floor of the Orange Innovation Center, pictured, at 131 West Main St. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 6/1/2021 2:50:43 PM

ORANGE — The Orange Innovation Center started LaunchSpace to create a makerspace for area hobbyists and entrepreneurs. Now the co-founders just need the tools to make it happen, literally.

Brianna Drohen and Alec MacLeod have decided to launch a tool drive to help meet the need for hand tools and small equipment in a variety of shops ranging from woodworking and blacksmithing to cabinetmaking and pottery.

“These donations are vital to engaging the community while providing a diverse selection of tools and equipment to members and workshop participants,” Drohen said in a statement. “The hope is for donations to come from overstocked garages or tool sheds where the equipment may not see heavy use. LaunchSpace asks for the equipment to be in at least gently used condition so our members can get as much out of the tools as possible. Support from the tool drive will help meet the growing need for supplies put on by the growing membership count and reopening.”

A list of tools and other products needed can be found at bit.ly/3fhULJZ.

People can drop off donations at LaunchSpace, a 10,000-square-foot space on the third floor of the Orange Innovation Center at 131 West Main St. For more information, send an email to donate@launchspace-orange.com or send a message on social media. After contacting LaunchSpace and dropping off the tool or piece of equipment, you will fill out a donation card and a donation letter will be emailed to you.

LaunchSpace has received at least $275,000 in grants from the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency, better known as MassDevelopment — $25,000 in 2016 and $250,000 in 2017. The first allotment was seed money and the second sum was meant to repurpose the empty industrial space and upgrade its insulation, heating and cooling system, windows and electric system.

According to Drohen’s statement, LaunchSpace offers a variety of memberships for adults ages 18 to 64 as well as senior rates for those 65 and older. Visit bit.ly/3vr5o2I to become a member or volunteer to teach classes.

Reach Domenic Poli at: dpoli@recorder.com or 413-772-0261, ext. 262.




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