Let’s move on to the EXCITING STUFF At the first meeting the group discussed the concept of how a non-profit café sustains, and steps to becoming a non-profit.
Many hadn’t attended the meeting because their interest didn’t lie with forming a non-profit, but making it come to life… All of this information is available from a previous Powerpoint presentation, and meeting notes.
IMAGINING POSSIBILITIES… ARE THERE ANY OF THESE (OR OTHERS) YOU WANT TO HELP BRING TO LIFE? <ul><li>Activities to build/engage community </li></ul><ul><li>Activities to benefit other local organizations </li></ul><ul><li>Activities for economic development </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a new standard/identity in Rockwood </li></ul><ul><li>Running a café/helping others </li></ul><ul><li>Developing the Organizational Structure </li></ul>The benefit of a community café is that it is the community’s café – to bring to life with the personal passions and interests of our residents, patrons and friends.
. BUILDING & ENGAGING COMMUNITY CAN HAPPEN IN MANY WAYS THRU THESE DOORS…and outside them <ul><li>Engaging others for a reason to gather and relax, gather to engage, gather to learn, or make a difference </li></ul><ul><li>It can be game nights or tournaments of any or all types, suited for various age groups… </li></ul><ul><li>It can be family days, movie nights, craft days or music nights… </li></ul><ul><li>It can be lively discussions on important topics, or round table discussions on important issues. </li></ul><ul><li>It can be regularly scheduled political forums or issues that neighbors want to organize and change. </li></ul>
Community …. Inside and out <ul><li>WHAT IF… </li></ul><ul><li>Every weekend we set up volleyball nets in the Park on 182nd for all? </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly a group of walkers met up and walked in our parks and made it so others felt comfortable walking in the park too? </li></ul><ul><li>The children standing on the street corners looking to occupy their time could come to the café and find a potential activity to engage in? </li></ul>
ACTIVITIES TO BENEFIT OTHER LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS <ul><li>Surrounding this site are so many organizations that can build a mutual support system through the cafe. The café can support other efforts through information sharing, a collection depot for items to benefit local organizations, or through specific benefit events. </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of consistent in-house support: </li></ul><ul><li>Centennial Transition Center clothing drop off partnership </li></ul><ul><li>Snowcap collection site </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of information clearing house: </li></ul><ul><li>Promotion of weekly activities – website, newsletter, in-house materials </li></ul><ul><li>Cross promotion through coupons </li></ul><ul><li>Examples of benefit events: </li></ul><ul><li>Fundraiser events organized at the cafe </li></ul>
ACTIVITIES FOR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT <ul><li>FRIDAY NIGHT DATE NIGHT : Every (Friday?) night a different restaurant /cuisine will cater dinner and set the tables for their specialties. We can promote other local restaurants and offer a unique dining experience. </li></ul><ul><li>FEATURED LOCAL ARTISTS/ARTISANS: An art reception can be held monthly to feature an artist. </li></ul><ul><li>LOCAL JEWELRY ARTISTS, CARD DESIGNERS etc. can be featured monthly. </li></ul><ul><li>LARGER BUSINESS : Developing partnerships or offering promotional items? </li></ul><ul><li>PROMOTION OF THE COMMUNITY AMENITIES : A map of things to do in the area, a presentation by Nuclear Ranch magazine to share home improvement ideas to make ranch houses cool ; </li></ul><ul><li>Developing Partnerships with local businesses and larger businesses can lead to businesses working together for specific change: Perhaps sponsored events in the Park and community payback…. </li></ul>Economic development gets stronger as businesses unite and grow stronger. Local businesses and craftsmen can combine efforts through activities here. this Non-Profit Café can promote local growth.
A new look/identity for Rockwood Making the café something special through art and a “new look.” It was discussed at the last meeting that there were many benefits to the location, but it doesn’t stand out. It was discussed that changes would have to be arranged with the landlord…and the City. The mural to your right is one of the many projects started for community murals…
VOLUNTEERS: ORGANIZING A CAFÉ/RUNNING A CAFÉ <ul><li>ORGANIZERS: Steering Committee & Board Members </li></ul><ul><li>Steering Committee: I have a yea from 2 volunteers. We need more! This steering committee will decide how to “steer” the effort into happening. </li></ul><ul><li>Details like : </li></ul><ul><li>Figure out the feasibility of moving forward </li></ul><ul><li>Develop an action plan to get there </li></ul><ul><li>Best arrangements to move on to 501(c)3 status/access </li></ul><ul><li>Board Members: These positions and bylaws are determined by steering committee recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>FUNDRAISERS/DONORS: Fundraising options are limitless, though the steering committee may recommend some specific needs and ways to get there. Funds which we want to be tax deductible need to wait until such time as we have 501(c)3 access, but we can always get a commitment. Everyone and anyone can be a fundraiser! </li></ul><ul><li>Duties like: </li></ul><ul><li>Figuring out potential donors of funds OR supplies OR equipment OR other needs of the café. Do you know a bakery that may donate or discount goods? A coffee supplier? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you have knowledge of potential donors, grantors or government agencies that could support this effort? </li></ul>
Volunteers can be baristas, wanna-be baristas, musicians for music nights, someone to coordinate an events or multiple events, someone to handle internet details, or promotion and marketing RUNNING THE CAFÉ:/VOLUNTEERS: Can you find volunteers, set up a plan to recruit volunteers, or be a volunteer? By the end of this meeting (and the one tomorrow) we will know whether there is enough of a volunteer commitment to move forward on pursuing turning Park Place Coffee into a non-profit café. If you have any interest in any activity, please share that information on the sheet available!