Lab B Summer Fundraiser
We at Laboratory B urgently need your help!
Lab B is Burlington VT’s community-minded civic hacker- and maker-space on Pine Street. We are a State and Federal 501(3)c non-profit organization.
To you, our generous Lab members and donors, past and future:
We've come upon the dog days of summer, and we are once more asking for your help in keeping Laboratory B open and active in the BTV community .
As an entirely volunteer-run and -operated non-profit organization, 100% of our membership dues go to keeping our doors to our physical location on Pine Street open: paying rent, utilities, and insurance. We rely on generous donations from the community, from maker faire sponsorships, and from our members' own pockets to organize and run our community events.
Your tax-deductible donation directly impacts the community by allowing us to continue to offer a community space and run public events. Please consider helping us continue our mission!
Every little bit helps: Just $20 can help us source a basic soldering kit, and $45 can source an intermediate/advanced kit and equipment for a childrens’ soldering event.
What does Laboratory B do, and why should you support us?
We provide tech education and tech literacy to the community, and to people of all ages.
- We've traveled all over Vermont, bringing robotics demonstrations and soldering workshops that have taught beginners of all ages, from kindergarteners to retirees.
- We regularly offer our space, time, and equipment to help teach community members useful skills in modern technology, including how to be more secure in communications, and how to repair consumer electronics.
- We hold weekly Public Hours, where members volunteer to host our Space and serve as a tech resource to the community, and just hang out. Themed nights may include:
- Mobile Security for Activists Nights
- Hack Nights: Capture the Flag-style
- Electronics Repair and Exploration Nights
- Cryptocurrency Night
- BTV Hacker Book Club
- We've helped other community spaces gain 501(c)3 status by acting as their non-profit sponsor and mentor.
We provide space and resources for self-empowerment, as well as a forum for the exchange of knowledge and expertise:
- Members have 24/7 access to equipment, web, work space, and cool tools. Some of our self-employed and freelance Members organize co-working sessions to have a common space to work and support each other.
- Members have offered one-off and recurring workshops and discussions on a number of topics to members and the public, including:
- Linux installation and basics
- Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies
- Mobile security and communication
- Locks and physical security
- Free and Open Source (FOSS) tech and culture.
- Co-operative ventures in Vermont
- Cider, kombucha, and other homebrewing interests
- Boot-strapped screen printing
- Cosmetics and skin-care
- Fiber-reactive dyes and tie-dye
- Gender, race, and sexuality in tech culture and cult films
...And so much more!
We believe tech, maker, gamer, and 'nerd' culture should be diverse and intersectional and accessible to all, regardless of background, identity, ability, or financial means.
- Membership dues are on a sliding scale to incorporate need-based limited- and fixed-income situations.
- Our Space on Pine Street is in the heart of the South End Arts district and an easy walk from downtown.
- We are committed to running events that are accessible -- and affordable -- to folks regardless of background or identity. All of our events are run on a sliding-scale donation or at-cost basis.
- We regularly host public LAN parties, and in the past have hosted Drop-in Dungeons & Dragons games, and Magic: The Gathering nights.
- We run a spectrum of inclusive and safe events, such as "Sunday Somethings" that give women and trans/q folk in the community opportunities to learn and develop skills in games and hobbies that have historically been dominated by men.
- We are a neurodiverse and LGBTQ+ friendly space.
Our upcoming major community events this year include:
- Champlain Mini Maker Faire on September 22
- SEABA ArtHop September 7 - 9
Again, our major public events -- such as our children’s soldering workshops and community electronics repair nights -- rely on donations to help us provide our space and resources to the community.
Laboratory B in the news:
Lab B at the Rutland, VT Mini Maker Faire
Our (very impromptu) interview with CCTV for Channel 17 - Town Meeting TV:
"Hacking Into Laboratory B, 12/22/2016"
More Videos from Lab B on Facebook:
Our official incorporated name is Vermont Hackerspaces, Inc.
We are a State and Federal 501(3)c nonprofit organization. EIN: 45-3966737
Your donation is tax-deductible!
...and a receipt is available upon request. Contact: treasurer [at] laboratoryb.org.
Please include your complete name and current contact information when requesting a receipt.
You could become an official Lab B Sponsor!
Any donation of $1000 or more makes you an official Sponsor of the space! We will display your name and/or company logo on our Sponsorship board and link to you on our website and social media.
Thank You! to our dedicated Lab Members both past and present who have devoted hundreds of volunteer hours to help make our growth and community events a continuing success!
This fundraiser is being hosted by member, Board Director, and rogue university chemistry prof. G. I. McGrew. All donations go directly to the listed beneficiary Vermont Hackerspaces Inc. (dba Laboratory B), care of Aaron Silber, our Treasurer.
Now it's crunch time. To keep our doors open after September, we need your continued help in pressing forward.
If you can, please take a moment to share our fundraiser as we gear up for this coming month's flagship events, including ArtHop with robots and LEDs, a joint social with Full Barrel Cooperative on the 7th, and childrens' soldering lessons at Champlain Mini Maker Faire on the 23rd.
Thank you again for your support in helping our space remain an open community resource.