Nation Of Makers Challenge - Fresno Ideaworks

The Case For a Makerspace in Downtown Fresno

$1,975 by 22 people

$20,000

Fresno Ideaworks

Team Members

Janelle

$1,510 / 10 donors

Dan

$170 / 6 donors

Paul

$100 / 1 donor

Scott

$50 / 1 donor

Danielle

$10 / 1 donor

Melody

$10 / 1 donor

Daniel

$0 / 0 donors

Kris

$0 / 0 donors

Story

Fresno Ideaworks, established in 2012 in downtown Fresno, California, is a source of a myriad of tools and creative opportunity. But, like makers everywhere, we also value our friendships, collaborative projects, the comfort of our "third space", and the therapeutic value of getting our hands dirty as we mold clay, wood, metal, textiles, electronics, or plastics into something new and wonderful.

Over eight years Fresno Ideaworks has grown from a small group of friendly hackers into a community workshop full of curious and creative people, eager to learn and hone new skills and share them with anyone who comes through our doors.  But since the 16th of March 2020 our doors have been closed to all regular activity - a crushing situation for people who come to the Shop for any reason, and a threatening blow to our survival as a non-profit, all-volunteer, member-driven organization.

We immediately joined the ranks of makerspaces all over the country, manufacturing PPE for healthcare professionals and other essential workers. Collaborating with two other non-profits in Fresno - Root Access Hackerspace, and Pi Shop Fresno - we designed, manufactured, and delivered more than 4000 pieces of PPE by the first week of May to everyone from hospital nurses to bus drivers, and from mail carriers to food service workers.  We are very proud of our role in helping protect our neighbors and caregivers, but we are also very proud of the collaborative effort. We are already trying to imagine what new projects we can undertake together when our spaces are open again!

Meanwhile, we have lost nearly 15% of our membership, and watching our family shrink is breaking our hearts. A goal for the immediate future is to establish a sponsorship fund for those former members facing financial hardship because of the COVID-19 experience. Although our membership fees are among the lowest for similar spaces, they are suddenly an impossible luxury for some, even though the emotional health benefits of making and creating would go a long way to ease the anxiety those same people are experiencing.

We also have to focus more intently on the facility upgrades that will enable us to welcome more members with a greater diversity of skills and abilities throughout the entire space. Maintaining a historic building is already a huge challenge (one we makers welcome), but opening the whole structure to more makers will require the help of angels that embrace our mission. Downtown Fresno, and our Cultural Arts District neighborhood in particular, have suffered the adversity of economic downturn for several decades now. Ideaworks is relentlessly dedicated to being part of the growth of both the economic health of the neighborhood, and, through skill-building and fellowship, part of the economic and emotional well-being of everyone who comes through our doors.

Please help however you can. And thank you, in advance, from all of us at Fresno Ideaworks.

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Supporters

Janelle Ozeran received a new donation from Olivia

3 months ago

$50

💖

Melody Boates received a new donation from Danielle

3 months ago

$10

Awesome space to work on creative projects, learn new skills, and be part of the growing maker community.

Janelle Ozeran received a new donation from CMB Glass

4 months ago

$50

I have been apart of Fresno IdeaWorks for almost 5 yrs now. I have been actively involved with IdeaWorks at many different events. I reflect on my past here, this is my family. They have supported me as an artist through my ups and downs in my life. I am still here. Please help us save our place of theraputic creativity maker space. Every little bit counts. Thank you.

Danielle Mayer received a new donation from Melody Boates

4 months ago

$10

Scott Kramer received a new donation from Scott

4 months ago

$50

I've seen the difference Ideaworks has made to individual lives and our community. I've watched it grow and reach heights I never would've dared imagine. I look forward to seeing it's future impact!

Dan Ozeran received a new donation from Asher and Ezri

4 months ago

$50

Thanks for your commitment to the community. We hope to be more involved when you open up again!

Dan Ozeran received a new donation from The Frazier Family

4 months ago

$25

❤❤❤

Janelle Ozeran received a new donation from Anonymous

4 months ago

$50

Dan Ozeran received a new donation from Bill Kleiman

4 months ago

$50

This donation is in honor of the Ozeran family! ❤️❤️

Janelle Ozeran received a new donation from Crush

4 months ago

$1,000

Keep up the fine work!

Dan Ozeran received a new donation from Amy C

4 months ago

$10

Janelle Ozeran received a new donation from YZ

4 months ago

$25

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