We had a quiet summer publicly, but Belfast Community Works has been steadily plugging away at our business plan over the past few months. Last spring Sasha applied for a small start-up grant, and we heard in June that we received the grant! The money is being used for marketing materials (keep an eye out for our new rack cards and banner), and for processing our 501C3 application.
In the meantime, our board meets every couple of months, and we have been gathering with dedicated volunteers in between to plan more community Fix-it events. In June we hosted a tent at MOFGA’s Farm and Homestead Day and in August made re-usable produce bags at the Belfast Farmer’s Market. In November we will be holding a Repair Cafe at the First Belfast Church. All of these roaming community events have been fantastic, but we can’t wait to have a place of our own where making (community and stuff) can happen all the time! The next major step will be a fundraising campaign and a search for space. Below is a prospective floor plan of what we envision Belfast Community works can look like.
We get really excited thinking about a space that can accommodate tinkerers and crafters, and be a community gathering space for sharing inspiration and ideas. If you’re excited too let us know!