Social enterprise café and caterer Kinfolk is expanding, adding another venue to its name and making the love it spreads stretch a little further — launching a café called Sibling by Kinfolk in Carlton North.
The organisation strives to create an inclusive community, counteracting social isolation via a volunteer-run, self-sufficient café, which donates all profits to its charity partners: Cathy Freeman Foundation and Asylum Seekers Resource Centre. The waitlist to volunteer at Kinfolk is long — some positive news in a world often overwhelmed with negative headlines — there are so many people wanting to join that prospective volunteers are often waiting for months.
Currently, Kinfolk has 60 weekly volunteers, from more than 30 different countries, including those living with a disability, transitioning from prison, or seeking asylum. With the launch of Sibling, they'll be able to double the size of their volunteer program — providing guidance, support and a shared friendly space.
Before the team launches Sibling, however, it needs the community's help to get it off the ground. What help exactly? It's crowdfunding $60,000 for the cause. $60K seems like a lot — well, it is — but the team has already passed the half-way mark, and is hoping to reach target by August 29.
Also, you don't just get warm fuzzies in return for your donation — you get coffee, masterclasses, hampers, dinner and warm fuzzies. Donate $30 and you'll get a bag of Small Batch coffee, $50 will get you a composting masterclass, and $80 will get you a meal for two. Have more cash to splash? $465 will get you a handmade ceramic cup and three months of bottomless coffee at either venues.
The crowdfunding campaign for Sibling by Kinfolk will wrap up on Wednesday, August 29. To donate, head to startsomegood.com.