|Posted by housepartyswapnshop on June 1, 2015 at 8:10 PM|
We Love the whole idea of a “Free Store”. We love the intentional placemaking practice of creating a public space for people to come together and make connections & build community – simply by sharing our “stuff”. We want to see a Free Store and/or Free Community Exchange events in every city, every neighborhood.
Since we started the Long Beach Free Store project a few years ago – we’ve met a lot of great people, made connections, facilitated community connectedness and shared a lot of stuff. We’ve done it at 3 locations with a Brick and Mortar Free Store, with a monthly Free Community Exchange that ran for over 4 years (and will hopefully find a new home and come back), and countless PoP Up Free Store events.
One thing that is hard about maintaining programming for a Free Store is funding. Since we don’t charge for the “stuff” – we have no income. One way we are trying to address that is by the introduction of Supporting Membership – this is a contribution by community members to help support Free Store programming. While we are here to help you share freely, but it is not free for us to be here.
Looking at options for increased sustainability for this programming – we saw the potential of partnering with a Make Space to help fund our operations. Well – now the Catalyst Network of Communities has found the right community partners in the Whittier Time Bank and The Whole Place at First Christian Church, Whittier – to bring this vision to life.
We have the space to bring together these two ideas in Make Space: Whittier Free Store and Artisan Work Lab in Whittier, CA.
We are almost ready to open the Whittier Free Store (phase 1 of this) – and are planning the opening this summer 2015! We need to raise funds to cover expenses to get this done. To do this – we have launched a Kickstarter campaign & membership drive. Contribute $25 or more and become a Supporting Member of the Whittier Free Store.
Please help us with this by contributing what you can, and by sharing this Kickstarter Campaign with your friends and family by word of mouth, in an email, and on your social media platforms – and urge them to do the same.
Together we can build a sustainable model for a Free Store that can be duplicated in other communities – and then we can do it again. Join Us.
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