North Shore CDC recently reached their crowdfunding campaign goal, raising $40,000
for their new community space – Espacio. This 60-day campaign on Patronicity
exceeded their original goal of $30,000 and reached their stretch goal of $40,000. The
local nonprofit also became one of the crowdfunding site’s to have the highest number
of donors – 372 in total.
Located on Congress Street in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, this dynamic and vibrant
space will provide free programming for Salem’s residents and offer a beautiful space
for private events. The programming offered to 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 homeownership
workshops, and tax preparation assistance.
“We are ecstatic with the outpouring of support for Espacio,” said North Shore CDC
CEO, Mickey Northcutt. “Before this campaign, we knew Espacio would provide Salem
residents with meaningful programing, but now it will be housed in a vibrant space that
is reflective of the dynamic character of the Point neighborhood.”
The stretch goal amount allows North Shore CDC to add new street art on their other
owned buildings in the Point Neighborhood this summer. 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.
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.
“Having grown up in Salem’s Point Neighborhood, I’ve seen the need for a dynamic
community space like this. Being a part of this neighborhood transformation and
collaborating with different organizations to provide free, meaningful programs for our
residents is a wonderful thing,” said Rosario Ubiera-Minaya, North Shore CDC’s Chief
For more information on Espacio or to learn how you can make a donation, please
contact Abbie Allenson at Abbie@northshorecdc.org or 978-825-4004.