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Popa gestures to the "Projects" area of the Makerspace that she made for makers.

Service member Mary Popa curates upcycled art exhibition

AmeriCorps VISTA Mary Popa is sharing her skills with not only her host site, Rural Action’s social enterprise Community MakerSpace, at 751 West Union ... Read More

Thrift store promotes community, waste diversion

Kylee Minick is proud to be part of a small but mighty team who diverted 222,600 pounds of material from the landfill last year — ... Read More

The sign for the Community Makerspace at 751 W. Union St. in Athens.

Meet Maker Nathan Vieland

By Keri Johnson, AmeriCorps VISTA member

Nathan Vieland is an Athens, Ohio native, an instructor at the Community Makerspace, and artist whose mediums include 3D ... Read More

A colorful banner that reads "Sewing Shop".

Meet Maker Aubrey jo Blue

By Keri Johnson, AmeriCorps VISTA

Though Makerspace Maker Aubrey jo Blue hails from northwestern Ohio and moved to Athens County less than a year ago, they’ve ... Read More

Gayle Manchin Tours UpCycle Ohio Thrift, Makerspace

Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Gayle Manchin was in Athens on April 13 to meet with the steering committee of the Central Appalachian ... Read More

Help Wanted: Rural Action Seeks to fill Several Job Openings

Rural Action seeks to hire a Makerspace Manager, Social Enterprise Coordinator, a Grants Coordinator, and a Northern Programs Manager. Here are details on each position.

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Applications Open for Appalachian Wood Craft Scholarship

Appalachian Ohio is rich in natural assets, including a wealth of native oak, hickory, black walnut, and other trees that can be sustainably harvested and ... Read More

Help Wanted: Community Makerspace Manager

Rural Action seeks to hire a full-time manager for The Community Makerspace at UpCycle Ohio. Key duties include oversight of all activities and daily operations ... Read More

Don’t Buy it — Borrow it at the Tool Library

Sometimes you need a table saw, a power washer or some other tool that you’ll use only occasionally.

Why buy it when you can borrow it?

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Alexandria Polanosky | Media and Communications Director | 740-677-4047 ext. 140 | alexandria@ruralaction.org