Yes, that’s right. You requested it, and we’re building it.
The OTL is expanding to create a new OTL WorkSpace where we can host our workshops and the public can rent bench time. It won’t be huge, and it’s a big undertaking, but we know this is something many of you have been waiting for.
Like everything at the OTL, it’s a community effort, and we need your help!
You can donate money to support our build, volunteer your time as a safety expert in the WorkSpace, join the OTL or renew as a member, and spread the word to help us continue to serve as community resource.
It’s true, we charge money for memberships and we’re definitely putting that revenue towards our expansion. But we also charge as little as possible to ensure the OTL is accessible to as many people as possible in our community. We’re a non-profit, not a charity, so we can’t provide tax receipts (sorry!). But you can be confident that every dollar donated is going towards building our expansion. We’ve created some tiers with a few perks to recognize our fabulous donors.
- Do-it-yourself and choose the amount of your donation! A little or a lot, we appreciate your support in helping to expand our operations.
- You will receive our eternal gratitude for helping us serve our members and the community.
- Your contribution will help us build our WorkSpace with hand tools like hammers and hand saws. There are lots of walls and shelves to build, and this will help us get there!
- Your name will be listed among contributors in our email announcing the opening of the OTL WorkSpace.
- Your contribution will help us build and outfit our new WorkSpace with serious power tools like a table saw, bandsaw, planer, and more!
- You’ll get your name on our expansion founders wall.
- You’ll also be invited to pilot our safety course and give feedback; the course will be required to use the space, so you’ll have a head-start!
- The foundation of what we do! Your contribution will help to fund a bench in our new WorkSpace. These benches will be used by members and for workshops for years to come.
- Everything in the lower tiers (email, founders’ wall, safety course) plus a small plaque with your name (or that of your company, friend, or pet) will be affixed to a bench in the OTL WorkSpace.
We need money and help to build the space, but then we need to staff it! We will have WorkSpace monitors to oversee the space and ensure that everything is being done safely. They will also teach our safety course, which will be a necessary requisite to use the space. Interested in volunteering?
Your new or continued membership to the OTL helps to fund our operations, events and other programming. If you’d like to borrow tools and join a growing community of Ottawa makers, sign up or renew your membership today!
You can also use the social media buttons on this page with your followers to help boost our message! Whatever you do, know that we appreciate your support.