Espacio Community Space

A unique opportunity to support the creation of a dynamic new program space in The Point neighborhood to offer meaningful programming for its residents

Salem, MA Arts Education Community Placemaking Entrepreneurial

Partial Funding

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Tax Deductible

North Shore CDC is a Registered 501(c)(3), Tax ID 04-2686893.


UPDATE: April 24th

THANK YOU SALEM!  Over 300 generous donors have contributed to Espacio so far, and we have  exceeded our initial goal of raising $30,000!  While our campaign goal has been reached, we are adding a stretch goal to get to $40,000 – any excess funds beyond what it takes to build out Espacio will support North Shore CDC’s street art initiative in the Point neighborhood.  We will be able to add new street art on other buildings of ours in the Point this summer with that much more support.  These new murals will achieve the same goals as Espacio – to deeply engage Point residents and to create opportunities within the Point for residents of the broader community to come visit.

The Point Neighborhood Community Space

North Shore Community Development Coalition’s mission is to invest in neighborhoods to create thriving communities. We are a regional community development organization working in six cities on the North Shore: Salem, Beverly, Peabody, Gloucester, Lynn and Merrimac. 

In 2017, North Shore CDC will construct a dynamic, new 2,000+ square foot programming space within a newly-renovated affordable housing development on Congress Street, a main commercial corridor in The Point neighborhood in Salem. The Point is a vibrant, ethnically-diverse community that has long been a settlement destination for newcomers and a historically low-income and predominately immigrant neighborhood. Congress Street is an area that has been identified as in need of investment through a citywide comprehensive community planning process called The Point Vision and Action Plan in 2013-2020. 

This new space is part of a larger project that includes the renovation of 8 formerly run-down buildings in the neighborhood and which will be completed in the summer of 2017. A grand opening of the project and the community program space is scheduled for summer 2017.


North Shore CDC seeks to raise $30K and a matching grant from MassDevelopment for $30K for a total of $60K, to aid with the capital expenses incurred in creating a dynamic and flexible community space, designed to accommodate the needs of the residents of The Point neighborhood. This new program space is an opportunity to leverage a dynamic new physical space and to create strategic programming around basic needs and services, and business, educational, and recreational activities, towards two objectives:

  • 1) More deeply engage a broader population of residents in the Point neighborhood 
  • 2) Create opportunities within the Point neighborhood for interaction with the broader Salem Community.

The programming to be offered will be free of charge to the residents of all ages, and neighborhoods from Salem, and will include the following: 

  • public work and meeting space
  • dance, art, fitness and sewing classes, 
  • healthy and budget cooking classes, 
  • reading clubs and a Dominos club. 
  • job search assistance
  • ESL classes
  • health insurance application assistance, 
  • naturalization classes and legal services 
  • first time home ownership workshops, 
  • tax preparation assistance.

ESPACIO COMMUNITY PROGRAM SPACE

In 2013 North Shore CDC facilitated a community planning process in the Point neighborhood called Vision & Action Plan. As a result, residents declared a need for a community space to gather not only socially but also to hold community meetings and to house needed social services for the residents. 

WHY THIS SPACE MATTERS

There is currently no community space in this area, and, while there are a couple of meeting rooms which are available to the community during limited times, they do not have amenities such as a kitchen facility, much less direct programming. 

This space represents a unique opportunity to address the following concerns and needs particularly in The Point neighborhood but affecting Salem as a whole: 

• A lack of opportunities for meaningful interaction between residents of the Point neighborhood and other Salem residents and visitors to the community. 

• Public and private sector partners in Salem have not always successfully engaged Point residents, which results in a disconnection of the neighborhood from significant opportunities which, if otherwise accessed, would provide greater economic opportunity as well as social inclusion. 

A beautiful new program space which may be utilized by numerous program partners will;

  • create new opportunities for programming which is relevant to Point neighborhood residents.
  • provide partner agencies a direct opportunity to become involved in a meaningful way by providing their programming in the heart of the Point neighborhood. 
  • develop innovative and meaningfully engaging programming in the Community Program Space focusing on: 1) The Point resident engagement and leadership development; 2) engaging a fundamentally broader population using innovative activities and events; and, 3) involving the public and private sectors to improve diversity hiring practices though career centered programming.


HOW YOU CAN HELP BUILD A VIBRANT NEIGHBORHOOD

We only have 60 days to raise the funds for this program and EVERY DOLLAR COUNTS!  If we can raise $30,000 by midnight on MAY 2nd,  we will receive a $30,000 grant from MassDevelopment to complete the Community Space.

Make a donation to the campaign, small or large. Every $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, $500, $1,000 or more will make this campaign a success!

  • DONATE VIA PATRONICITY! Click the links on the right to support and take advantage of the unbelievably great opportunity for all donations up to $30,000 to be matched by MassDevelopment, BUT ONLY IF WE HIT OUR GOAL! 
  • TELL YOUR FRIENDS! Share our Patronicity campaign on social media and tell your family and friends and anyone else whom you think has an interest in Salem's future.
  • PARTY! Come to our March 3rd Open Houses & launch of the campaign!

Funding will be used for capital expenses.  Below is an example budget for the buildout of the project subject to final pricing;


Give $10 or more

12 claimed

Pintura- Paint

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks).

Give $25 or more

242 claimed

La Madera- Wood

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks).

Give $50 or more

20 claimed

El Vidrio- Glass

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks).

Give $100 or more

28 claimed

Ladrillo- Brick

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks) & acknowledgement at our ribbon cutting ceremony.

Give $250 or more

10 claimed

Cemento- Cement

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks) & acknowledgement at our ribbon cutting ceremony & a weekly group social media mention.

Give $500 or more

6 claimed

Bronce- Bronze

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks) & acknowledgement at our ribbon cutting ceremony & an individual weekly social media mention.

Give $1000 or more

4 claimed

Plateado- Silver

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks) & acknowledgement at our ribbon cutting ceremony & an individual weekly social media mention & an individual recognition plaque.

Give $2500 or more

1 claimed

Dorado- Golden

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks) & acknowledgement at our ribbon cutting ceremony & an individual weekly social media mention, an individual recognition plaque & your name or company logo on all printed materials.

Give $5000 or more

1 claimed

Platino- Platinum

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks) & acknowledgement at our ribbon cutting ceremony & an individual weekly social media mention, an individual recognition plaque, your name or company logo on all printed materials & speaking opportunity at ribbon cutting.

Give $10000 or more

1 claimed

Diamante- Diamond

Receive an Espacio magnet and your name on the Pared de Agradecimiento (Wall of Thanks) & acknowledgement at our ribbon cutting ceremony & an individual weekly social media mention, an individual recognition plaque, your name or company logo on all printed materials, speaking opportunity at ribbon cutting & special mention in a press release as Diamond Sponsor.

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