#Savethebundy is a phrase that's been floating around on social media over the past few months, but just what does it mean?

For those who have found a home and community at the Bundy, everything.

"It's very heartwarming to see just how much these individuals are able to support us," says Thomas Bezek, volunteer historian for the Bundy.

The story begins with the Bundy Family, as brothers Willard and Harlow established a clock-manufacturing company that would eventually become IBM. Given the significance of the Bundys to Binghamton's history, Harlow's family home was made into a museum in 2004 to preserve and tell the Bundys' story.

"We would offer tours throughout the building, telling people stories about Victorian era Binghamton, the Bundy Manufacturing Company who made the first workman's time clocks and the Bundy family themselves," Bezek said.

But the Bundy soon grew well past its original purpose and into a creative haven for Binghamton's local art scene. The facilities include photo galleries for local artists, a dark room and even a community radio station.

Then after the pandemic, the Bundy became one of Binghamton's most popular underground music venues.

''Unfortunately, a lot of venues did not survive the pandemic," Bezek said. "wW had a band reach out to us saying 'hey our venue fell through' — this was like very last minute — 'and we still want to play tonight. Could we perform in your little theater?'"

Soon, weekly events were held at the Bundy's annex theater. From punk shows to drag shows, an increasingly diverse group of people began to call the Bundy home. But late last year, that home would come into jeopardy.

"Our primary benefactor suffered a financial loss and was no longer able to support the Bundy," Bezek said.

Yet in their darkest hour, the Bundy found themselves propped up by the artists and people whom it supported. Thus, #savethebundy was born.

"There is some nostalgia here," Bezek said. "This is where they played their first set or this is where their best friend played their first set. Same with artists. We get a lot of artists that have never shown their work publicly before. There's just been this rallying cry to make sure a space like this is available."

Now, operations may look a little different for the Bundy, but its mission and community continue to thrive. And through this support, this community cornerstone will be able to march on.