Food and Drink
Posted by Danae Flanagan
19. Aug, 2013
Already bursting at the seams, Kinfolk Café has outgrown its current cosy space. With 37 volunteers squeezing their way through and relaying the specials to the corporate lunchtime crowd, the feel of community spirit is instant.
The community-based cafe in Bourke Street was built for less than $10,000. From little things big things grow. Fast-forward three years and Kinfolk plans to expand at a cost of $120,000. Half of this has already been funded by council grants & landlords. The other half is being raised through getting the people involved in creating a space that is about them and the community beyond.
Jarrod Briffa, one of the founders behind the café, together with crowd-funding website Pozible, has introduced the 60k in 60 days challenge. The community out-pouring has been phenomenal. With over $33,000 already in the kitty, the challenge is on track to crack the big 6-0 by September 10.
In exchange for donations, Kinfolk’s baristas and kitchen staff will be offering coffee training and cooking sessions. Regular volunteer Goethe has also created an awesome reward; the opportunity to spend half a day with her sourcing from the market and cooking up an Indian feast.
The expansion isn’t just about the café; the volunteer program will also expand with William Angliss Institute jumping on board to train over 100 volunteers yearly. Gaining these skills provides volunteers who may not be able to work full-time an opportunity to engage with people in a nurturing environment. Jarrod’s mantra is one we all could use, “be inquisitive and be conscious.”
With so many people contributing their time, values and spirit, it’s little wonder Kinfolk needs to expand to a bigger scale. So get pledging and create more kinfolk!
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