Becoming a Community Chapter Leader
Currently accepting Canadian Community Leaders
By volunteering as a Community Chapter Leader, you are helping create a community of support for people with disabilities in your area through joining the Makers Making Change team.
Community Chapter Leader Main Goal:
Enable people with disabilities and disability professionals to receive assistive devices built by community volunteers.
*the time commitment for this role can range from 5 – 15 hours per month, depending on your availability and involvement.
Various activities can be led to meet this goal, which may include:
- Support local disability organizations, disability support/peer groups, or other individuals with disabilities in learning about Open AT devices and the ability to make and request them
- Support local makers building requested devices from your community
- Host presentations, and conduct outreach in your community to raise awareness of Makers Making Change
- Help organize “buildathon” events if necessary to have a number of volunteers come together to build a number of devices from the library
- Work to create partnerships with maker groups, disability organizations, and corporate partners in your community
- Engage with local makers, disability professionals, students and potential members on ways MMC can help support them
- Distributing marketing materials to potential partners
- Work with MMC team to document deliveries of devices
We will support you with:
- Network of other chapters across North America to share resources, best practices and lessons learned
- Training: background info on Neil Squire and Makers Making Change
- Co-advertising of any events
- Event Planning: we provide an events toolkit package that includes presentations, press releases, media release forms, videos, pamphlets, postcards etc.
- Template emails and resources for partnership building,
- Sponsorship and grant writing
- Fort St. John, BC chapter led by students, teachers, and principals.
- Toronto, ON chapter led by Jordana, an occupational therapist.
- New York City, NY chapter led by Loreto, an occupational therapist, and Farrukh, a professor of computer science.
- Winchester, VA chapter led Ryan, president of a makerspace.
- Gainesville, FL chapter led by robotics students and coach Leigh Anne.
See the map of all Makers Making Change chapters.