We Take Donations!

The Maker Hub thrives on donations from our generous community, and wants to share these giving opportunities with you. If you would like to make a donation to the Maker Hub, please contact us at makerhub@georgetown.edu. Your generosity is incredibly appreciated!

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A Maker Hub volunteer gives a tour to a group of students

How You Can Contribute

1. Buy tools/materials for the Maker Hub directly!

The Maker Hub is always looking to expand the array of tools and equipment we are able to offer to all Georgetown students and faculty. Buying tools directly for the Maker Hub is a great way to ensure all students have the access they need to make innovative and creative projects.

Below is an incomplete list of some of the items that we could use to help our Community grow and create.

Wood Shop

  • Nuts, bolts, screws, washers, L-brackets, hinges, and other hardware
  • Clamps, vises
  • Screwdrivers, hammers, pliers, wrenches, and other hand tools in good condition
  • Rulers, levels, squares, measuring tape
  • Good quality boards: 2x4, 1x4, 4x4, 1x2, etc
  • Good quality plywood
  • Planes, files, chisels, hand saws, and other woodworking tools
  • For a list of what the Maker Hub is actively seeking, visit our Rockler Wish List

Print Shop

  • Clean paper stock
  • Print-making materials
  • Letter Press

Textile Shop

  • Clean fabric
  • Scrap leather
  • Non-tangled yarn

Arts and Crafts

  • Magazines with good graphics for the button-maker
  • Legos, Erector Set, and other construction kits
  • Play-dough and modeling clay
  • Binder clips, zip ties, other fasteners

3D Printing Shop

  • 3mm 3D filament (PLA or PVA)

Laser Cutting Station

  • ⅛, ¼, ½ inch untreated wood and mdf sheets, size 18”x24” or smaller
  • Veneer or thin plywood sheets
  • Untreated leather
  • Acrylic Sheets.

Electronics

  • LCD monitors (VGA or HDMI inputs)
  • Computer Mice, trackpads, joysticks, and other input devices. Small keyboards (we have plenty full-size keyboards, thanks!)
  • Vintage electronics with cool cases, switches, knobs, buttons, etc.
  • Old electronic toys, kits, and noisemakers
  • Flatbed scanners and printers (we take them apart for the motors)
  • Video Projectors

Etc:

  • Anything with lenses
  • Old Slide projectors, overhead projectors

Things we can’t take

  • Anything perishable
  • Fabrics that need washing
  • Dirty or smelly items
  • Chemicals
  • Turtles

To see other items the Maker Hub is interested in, please see our Amazon Wishlist.

2. Fund an innovative program

People and programming are at the very core of what makes our community a catalyst for innovation. Funding from donors will provide critical, flexible resources to pursue new and creative opportunities to expand the Maker Hub's technology, programs, and resources for the Georgetown community. Opportunities include:

  • Workshops and training series
  • Maker Challenges
  • Residencies, Fellowships and Internships
  • Student Maker Grants

How to Donate funds to the Maker Hub

  1. Go to this link
  2. Under "Other" enter the amount you wish to donate.
  3. In the field labeled "Please indicate the school, department, program, or other designation" enter "Maker Hub"
  4. Fill out the rest of your details as appropriate.

3. Donate gently used equipment and consumables for our workstations

Student Working with Loom

Cleaning out your garage, or looking for a new home for extra tools in your workshop? Consider donating your gently used materials and equipment to the Maker Hub!

As the Maker Hub’s community grows, so does the diversity of projects we undertake, and with it the range of tools and materials we need to be productive. Sometimes we don’t know we need a tool until it is donated, and then we can’t live without it!

Donations have also expanded our idea of what a makerspace can be. Thanks to the Ethics Lab, the Maker Hub has a bookbinding and print station that brings in dozens of visitors for weekly workshops. A floor loom donated by Jennifer Lubkin Chavez helps us demonstrate that creative technology need not be “digital.”