Funds Will Be Used to Expand Access to Community Makerspace
EVANSVILLE, Ind.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–OneMain Financial announced that it will be hosting its final 2018 “Made
on Main Street” event on Saturday, October 13, 2018 in Mesa, Ariz. The
event will celebrate a $25,000 grant awarded to the Retail, Arts,
Innovations & Livability Community Development Corporation (RAILmesa) to
expand access to their all-volunteer community makerspace, HeatSync Labs
in downtown Mesa.
“Made on Main Street,” a partnership between OneMain Financial and Main
Street America, provides community action grants for innovative
neighborhood transformation projects across the country. Six additional
grants have been awarded to organizations across the nation this year.
“At OneMain Financial, we strongly believe that individuals thrive when
communities thrive. We’re thrilled to award this grant to RAILmesa and
contribute to the continuation of Mesa’s sense of innovation and
entrepreneurship. We hope the updates to HeatSync Labs will inspire the
community’s creative spirit,” said OneMain Financial Chief Marketing
Officer Kim Wijkstrom.
Downtown Mesa has hosted HeatSync Labs for more than seven years. As an
all-volunteer community makerspace, it provides access to tools such as
3D printers, laser cutters, sewing machines and welders while serving as
a home for community innovation and developing businesses. After
outgrowing its current location, HeatSync is moving to a larger
facility, allowing it not just to double in physical size, but to more
than quadruple its potential impact on the community. The Made on Main
Street grant will be used to purchase updated equipment for the lab and
create a more visually appealing space through furnishings and decor.
The lab will also create a series of classes to teach novices of all
ages how to use the updated equipment.
“Mesa’s innovative spirit is alive and well at HeatSync Labs, the
valley’s premiere makerspace,” said RAILmesa Board Chair David Crummey.
“RAILmesa is honored to support HeatSync, in partnership with Main
Street America and OneMain Financial. This partnership is bringing
additional resources and attention to HeatSync and downtown Mesa.”
OneMain Financial will be hosting a free, family-friendly block party to
celebrate the grant award and the upcoming project. The October 13 event
will be held at Macdonald Avenue and Main Street from 10 am to 2 pm in
downtown Mesa. HeatSync Labs will be participating in the fun with a
number of demonstrations at the block party as well as 3D printer and
laser-cutter demonstrations at its facilities. The event will also
include complimentary food, games, crafts, artisan vendors and much
more. “Made on Main Street” is free, and all community members are
invited to attend. For more information, please visit: https://www.MadeonMainStreet.com.
About OneMain Financial
OneMain Financial (NYSE: OMF) has been offering responsible and
transparent loans for over 100 years. With more than 1,600 locations
throughout 44 states, the company is committed to helping people with
their personal loan needs. OneMain and its 10,000 team members are
dedicated to the communities where they live and work. For additional
information, please visit OneMainFinancial.com.
About the National Main Street Center
The National Main Street Center has been helping revitalize older and
historic commercial districts for more than 35 years. Today, its Main
Street America network of more than 1,600 neighborhoods and communities,
rural and urban, share both a commitment to place and to building
stronger communities through preservation-based economic development.
The organization is a non-profit subsidiary of the National Trust for
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