Featured Project: Refurbishing a Longboard

Spark Member Rebecca Alexander recently refurbished a longboard with the help of Jesse Good, Casey Moran, and Tim McGuire and was kind enough to send in a description of her project and pictures!

"This was a project I made for my fiancée for her birthday! My first step was sanding down the original image with advice from Jesse (the welder). Casey Moran lent me his wonderful screen print that I added to the board and Tim McGuire gave me some help with the varnish/finish on the wood. Was an awesome project and I'm so grateful to have so many wonderful people with the knowledge to help make things happen! Last picture is from Lizzy learning to ride it."








If you have a cool project you want to highlight, let us know! Email carly@spark.coop with a description and pictures of the process.

Spark is hiring a Community Manager

Spark is growing and we are looking for a Community Manager.

General Job Description:

The Community Manager will directly oversee all aspects related to the Member and volunteer experience at Spark Makerspace. This includes helping Members map out getting the most out of their Spark experience as well as coordinating volunteer service opportunities that align individual talent/aptitude with Spark needs; working to find organizations that have volunteer programs we can work with that best fit Spark Makerspace’s purpose and mission; and maintaining membership database of information, working hands-on to best guide our members to their best paths of enriching opportunities at Spark.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Manage system for volunteer programing, one beneficial to the individuals, based on their talents and interests.

  • Responsible for addressing the needs and wants of Spark members to ensure the best experiences possible (what classes they want and improvements to workstations).

  • Oversee tours and general orientations of Spark Makerspace including process for signing up and onboarding new Members.

  • Oversee recruitment, training, placement, and scheduling of volunteers to fully staff and support Spark’s spaces and events.

  • Create and manage a functioning database to track member and volunteer interests, including their path through orientations and classes to achieve their creative goals and passions.

  • Oversee production of Spark e-newsletter with targeted communication strategy.  

  • Showcase examples of Members making, community projects, and member-of-the-month program through the Spark blog, social media, etc.

  • Manage Spark Working Members to improve Spark’s engagement and presence on all social media platforms.

  • Cultivate and manage Spark Collaborative Membership program including finalizing Contracts and Memorandums of Understanding.

  • May be asked to assist other staff with additional unrelated tasks or projects as needed.

Qualifications for This Position:

  • Working knowledge and comfort with collaborative digital platforms including Google drive, wordpress websites, and email marketing.

  • Experience with or the ability to master a Customer Relationship Management database system for nonprofits.

  • Excellent communication skills to work with (and sometimes lead) a variety of different people including volunteers, colleagues, superiors, and community members.

  • Strong external communication skills to appropriately represent Spark Makerspace and support ongoing relationship development.

  • Great organizational and multitasking skills.

  • Strong writing ability to create content for Spark blog, website, and newsletter.

  • Experience in coordinating, leading, and managing large groups of people.

  • Prefered experience in Nonprofit management, as well as the education field.

  • Interest in or respect for supporting and enabling creativity in the community.

Please send resume and cover letter to casey@spark.coop. This is a rolling application that will be open until we find the right candidate for the position.

Hours and Compensation: 40hr a week / 35k yearly salary.

Thank you from Tiny Town!

The beginning of July Spark hosted its first Yestermorrow Design/Build School class in which a group of people travelled as far as from California and Saudi Arabia to learn how to make a tiny house! Then we showed it off at the Tiny Town event the end of the month. 


This class was a great learning experience for ALL involved and we look forward to doing it again as well as others Yestermorrow collaborations.

One of the great benefits was all the support from new and longstanding friends of Spark.

Thank you to Enfield-based Marvin Windows distributor A.W. Hastings & Co. for donating the Integrity windows that let the light into the tiny house!

Thank you to the Small Business Development Center for the generous sponsorship of the Tiny Town event plus leading two workshops on Lean Startup Methodology.

Thank you to Point One Architects in Old Lyme for sponsorship of Tiny Town and all the help with the tiny house class!

Thank you also to: the ISAAC School, the Children's Museum of Niantic, St. Francis House, the Hygienic, Three Rivers Architecture Program, and the many volunteers who lent a hand!

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Emporium April 2017 Update


Recently Austin Howard and Morgan Snyder became the Leads of the Spark Emporium. This is the retail storefront run by the Spark community located at 13 Golden St. in New London showcasing an extensive range of original products created by artisan makers who live in southeastern CT. Spark Members get a 70 / 30 commission split while non-members get a 50 / 50 split.

The Emporium is revamping in the month of April, taking new inventory and re-arranging. There are two drop offs this week between the hours of 4 - 8pm on Friday April 28th and 12 - 5pm on Saturday April 29th as well as by appointment by emailing emporium@spark.coop.

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Communication & Conflict Resolution Workshop

As a cooperatively organized community, Spark runs on collaboration and trust which requires healthy communication and a clear process for conflict resolution.
There are two identical sessions planned in May to introduce nonviolent communication skills and help those present come up with process to use when issues between members arise. Having a set method for how we move through disagreement and charged situations is critical and overdue. This workshop will introduce shared language and frameworks that will benefit all participants in and beyond their involvement in Spark.
Alejandro Melendez-Cooper from the Hispanic Alliance will lead the session at the Provenance Center. He has been leading trainings and facilitating conflict resolution for decades.
We anticipate that these sessions might be open and available semi-regularly for the benefit of not just Spark but members of the wider community as well.

Spark Collaborative Membership

Spark has focussed its first year getting membership established for individuals to access the shared workstations for projects, classes, meetups, and community collaborations.

We are now at a place of development where it feels appropriate to formalize membership for organizations. We are calling this Collaborative Membership because this invites thinking about how we can all work together, not just the entity and Spark, but the group of entities that will become Collaborative Members of Spark.

The plan is also underway to support individual Members to start organizations that can become Collaborative Members with revenue-sharing in some way.

Stay tuned for an introduction to each Collaborative Members as they join the Spark community.

Edible Landscape Project

There is an Edible Landscape Exhibition opening in Spark Coworking on Thursday May 4tg from 6 - 8pm showcasing a partnership between FRESH New London, Spark, and Connecticut College’s Public Practice Design Studio that resulted in artfully produced and interactive tools to help activate the natural environment in New London, particularly with plants that produce food.


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Spark is part of CONNECT to support local business


Got an idea?!? Spark is helping to produce an event this Thursday called CONNECT meant to help people find just the right people for questions or challenges related to business development and operations.

In addition to networking over food and drink, there will be professional service providers present at tables for free 15 minutes consultations. 

Register here.

Chocolate Covered Strawberries!!


Got a sweetheart or maybe just a sweet tooth? Or both?!

Spark is making chocolate-covered strawberries for Valentine's Day. At $20 / dozen this is a great deal with all proceeds going to support Spark.

Pre-orders are LIVE NOW!! for pick up from the Spark Kitchen at 86 Golden St. on the days leading up to and including Valentines Day. Go to:  http://www.spark.coop/chocolate_strawberries to preorder your Chocolate Covered Strawberries. 

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Spark is on TV!

Check out this great clip from the CT Style show on WTNH:


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