The Space On Main is pleased to announce it has received a $3,000 donation from Wells River Savings Bank to be paid in $1,000 payments over the next three years. This donation will be used for buildout and construction of The Space On Main’s future home which serves to ensure prosperity of Bradford and the greater Cohase Region of Vermont and New Hampshire.

The Space On Main is currently working to complete the rehabilitation and conversion of a much-loved historic building on Main Street in Bradford, Vermont that once held a “five and dime” store into a modern multipurpose community facility providing rooms of varying sizes and purposes designed to host coworking (office sharing), community networking events, hands-on Maker projects, conferences, meetings, training programs, social events, as well as educational classes for all demographics. Monique Priestley, President & Founder of The Space On Main said: “I started my research for what would soon be known as The Space by visiting with community members in local coffee shops, restaurants, workshops, and at their dining tables. People move here to get away from the city, for work, for a spouse’s work, or to help family. They are nervous about living here. They are struggling with slow internet speeds, a lack of networking opportunities, and a feeling of being disconnected. The Space will address these needs, fill our Main Street gap, and weave a network of partnerships throughout the region. The opening of The Space will not be possible without the support of amazing organizations such as Wells River Savings Bank.”

Frank Tilghman, CEO of Wells River Savings Bank wrote: “We are very impressed with the idea of Space on Main, Inc. It is the perfect approach to the revitalization of our villages. Hopefully, we can inspire our other villages to offer the same facilities and vision. Our area needs an economic jolt, and Space on Main will deliver. We are proud to pledge $3,000, with $1,000 for this year, and $1,000 each for the next two years. Again, we applaud your efforts at community development.”

About The Space On Main (thespaceonmain.org)
The Space On Main is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies upon the generous support of individuals, philanthropic organizations, and businesses such as Wells River Savings Bank to provide their services. It is the mission of The Space on Main to foster entrepreneurship, innovation, the arts, education, health, and recreation in order to increase opportunity for personal and collective growth in the Cohase Region of Vermont and New Hampshire by providing a creative facility with access to affordable equipment, work spaces, and classes. It is The Space On Main’s goal to ensure prosperity of our community by leveraging talent in the region by creating pathways to outside individuals, services, and technologies.

About Wells River Savings Bank (wellsriversavings.com)
In 1988, Wells River Savings Bank opened its first branch office, in Bradford. It continued south, with a new office in Fairlee in 1999, Newbury in 2006, and East Thetford in 2008. It is proud of its mutual bank heritage. It is owned by its depositors, so its profits stay here to help build its communities. Its mission remains consistent with the vision of its founders in 1833 and 1892, to make its communities better places to live, work, and raise families.

For more information, please contact The Space On Main at (802) 449-MAIN (6246) or on the web at thespaceonmain.org.