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.   

Application for Community Chapter Leader

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

Application for Community Chapter Leader

Chapter Highlights:

  • 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.