Here is a message from Carolyn Shapiro, Chair of the Bakery Project about the success of the Rise Up Bakery Kickstarter campaign:
Thanks to all the hundreds of donors who supported the project and who have contributed! We made it to our goal of $25,000. The Barre Historical Society, with its wonderful Old Labor Hall right next to the bakery, appreciates the support you have given to this project. [Both buildings are part of the Socialist Labor Party Hall National Historic Landmark.]
Phase 1—repair the roof and porch—will begin this summer with the help of YouthBuild. The total budget for all phases of the project to bring the building back to life as a functioning wood fired bakery is around $250,000. As Carolyn says:
Our total budget adds a few zeros to our Kickstarter goal! If any of you would like to still donate, PLEASE DO. In keeping with the flavor of the granite workers of 1913, we look forward to this being a “barn/bakery raising” where many hands will make the bakery come back to life.
Thanks again! I look forward to breaking bread together.
One of the Kickstarter donors commented on the successful results of the campaign:
This news leavened my day with a joyful sense that something good is in the works. Well done, everyone.