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Grassroots Fundraising Campaign to Rebuild from Fire

Thanks to our partners on this collaborative green rebuild!

Carpenters Union Local 107
New England Carpenters Training Ctr
Worcester Common Ground
Cooperative Fund of New England
Equity Trust
Co-op Power
YouthBuild Boston
Mass YouthBuild Coalition
YouthBuild Worcester
Worcester Building Trades Council
Plumbers & Pipe Fitters Local 4
Painters Local 48
Grafton Job corps
Shriver Job Corps
Westover Job Corps
Rebuilding Together Worcester

Local Companies who have made significant donations to the project:
· Pavilion Flooring donated the entire carpet, stair treads, vinyl flooring, vinyl base and wood finishing products.

· Armstrong donated the entire suspended ceiling grid for hard ceilings.

· James Hardie significantly reduced the price of the fiber cement board siding on the entire project.

· Beacon Sales significantly reduced prices on roofing, insulation and other exterior envelope materials.

· FW Webb Significantly reduced their material prices for the state of the art boiler for radiant heat.

· A1 Windows reduced their prices on all windows and doors on the project.

· KAMCO has significantly reduced material costs for interior systems material such as drywall, compound and insulation.

Raised so far through grassroots online donations: $2735

Make checks out to “Stone Soup” and send them to our current mailing address:
Stone Soup
4 King Street
Worcester, MA 01610
(Yes, we’re receiving mail securely at our building again!)

Stone Soup is a 501(c)3 tax exempt non-profit.

Donate any amount online via paypal or using a credit card:

$5 – Part of the Soup

Perk: Thank you on our website/fb page and part of our thank you mural in the completed building.

$25 – Stone Soup Button

Perk: Original pin + being part of the soup.

$50 – Bumper sticker

Perk: Stone Soup Rocks bumper sticker designed by our Graphic Shop + being part of the soup.

$75 – T-shirt

Perk: Your choice of a King St. Block Party or Stone Soup shirt + being part of the soup.

$150 – Delicious Soup

Perk: Made for your next event (up to 20 people) or homemade farm fresh canned goods + being part of the soup.

$200 – Interpretation/Translation

Perk: 2 hours or 2 full pages of translation (max 700 words) (Spanish-English /English-Spanish) + being part of the soup.

$225 – Mega Promo for your Group

Perk: We’ll promote your group or cause big time on our website and facebook page, and we’ll make a poster for the main hallway in building once the building is complete. Plus, you get your choice of a Stone Soup button, bumper sticker, or Tshirt + being part of the soup.

$300 – Lifetime Membership + Promo

Perk: Enjoy Stone Soup membership for the rest of your life, plus promotion your group or cause big time on our website and facebook page, and we’ll make a poster for the main hallway in building once the building is complete + being part of the soup.

$500 – Key to Stone Soup

Perk: A symbolic hand-crafted key to Stone Soup plus any two perks above + being part of the soup.

Anniversary Party 2012

Stone Soup Celebrates 6 years / the rebuilding! – Another great anniversary party!
Thank you to all who made it possible! Check out more photos on Facebook.

Saturday, December 8th
at Centro Las Americas
11 Sycamore St, Worcester, MA

Music, food, awards!
Music includes: Murga La Que Te Dije & Yoni Gordon.

Flyer best for printing (English – 3.1MB – PDF) | (Spanish – 3.1MB – PDF)

Green Building Training Opportunities with Stone Soup!

Stone Soup Community BPI Training
Green Building Training!
November – December, 2012

BPI Certification helps people get into the energy efficiency trade.

    Training includes:

  • 10 hrs of Soft Skills Training
  • 60 Hrs of on site training
  • 20 Hrs of class room training and 20 Hrs of OSHA training

The cost of the training is $1,500. Scholarships and work trade are available upon request.

Sign up for the training HERE.

View many more photos of rebuilding at our facebook page!

King St Block Party 2012

We had a blast, thanks for joining us!
Missed it? Check out photos on our facebook!
Saturday, September 29th
Free food
Live music
Awesome community and kids activities

Spanish Flyer HERE.

Groundbreaking Celebration

Event a success!

Over 200 people attended and over $1,500 was raised!

News Coverage:
508 TV Show by Mike Benedetti ON PIE AND COFFEE Blog | Watch on YOUTUBE
Telegram & Gazette Coverage: BEFORE EVENT | DAY OF EVENT
Worcester Magazine’s ARTICLE HERE
Go Local Worcester ARTICLE HERE


Stone Soup Community Center
Where Community Grows Together

YouthBuild Boston
Mass YouthBuild Coalition YouthBuild Worcester
Carpenters Union Local 107
New England Carpenters Training Ctr
Cooperative Fund of New England
Shriver Job Corps
Westover Job Corps
Co-op Power
Rebuilding Together Worcester

Download the 30 second radio PSA’s:


Download Printable Flyer (PDF – 3mb)

The rebuilding has begun!

Within a week of the 3rd anniversary of the fire…
Stone Soup has begun to rebuild at 4 King Street!

Masterminded by Stone Soup co-founder, David Minasian, an amazing collaboration has come together over the past six months, with the volunteer work of Mass YouthBuild Coalition, the Carpenters Union, Shriver Job Corp, and Rebuilding Together Worcester. Also, just recently confirmed is Cooperative Fund of New England as a financing partner!

Check out photos below/attached from tackling the garage and back lot with Clark students’ Just Do It day and PORCH DEMOLITION with YOUTHBUILD Worcester. Find in the photos the awesome Construction Manager / Super, Tim Tudor LEED AP BD+C, with his green hard hat symbolic for all the green and collaborative expertise he brings to the project.

It will be a green rebuild, with weatherization work, training and BPI certification opportunities.
Look out for more as we soon will be launching a GRASSROOTS FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN.

Join us at an upcoming work day (to be announced soon on this site) and the
GENERAL MEETING/celebration of rebuilding:
Tuesday, April 10th
at 6:00pm
at YMCA Central Branch, 766 Main St, Worcester
(always 2nd tuesday of the month, same time, same place)

We wanted to also thank some people who have made this possible:
Todd Rodman from Seder & Chandler Law for irreplaceable legal support.

Peter Stevens from Maple Street Architects for so many hours of guidance and architectural work!

…and so many more, thanks to all of our members and supporters for helping reach our mission to build grassroots power by connecting and enriching groups and individuals in our communities who are working for social justice in Worcester, MA. We are building community and economies based in cooperation and creativity while resisting oppression and gentrification.

We hope to see you out there soon!
-Stone Soup


3 Strikes Mass Mobilization
Thursday March 15th
11:00 a.m. at the State House

Worcester buses leave promptly at 9:00 a.m. from City Hall
Springfield bus leaves at 8:00 a.m. from Northgate Plaza, 1985 Main Street
Call EPOCA at 508-713-8420 or click here to reserve your free seat on the bus (*lunch will be provided)

New Flyer

Stone Soup is embarking on a green rebuild
of 4 King Street after a major electrical fire in March 2009. The repairs will be significant, including the demolition and reconstruction of the rear wing, comprehensive energy retrofit weatherization work, electrical and heating system updates, a sprinkler system and wheelchair accessibility improvements.

We will not only rebuild a functional home for Stone Soup, but will increase its longevity and energy efficiency. Many volunteers will learn weatherization techniques throughout this project, and we will thoroughly document our approach with written and audio-visual materials, which will be made public on our website.

Since the fire, most of these grassroots organizations have remained connected through Stone Soup activities and dozens of people representing fourteen groups have already been involved in the design and major construction decisions.

Outside of Stone Soup Brochure
Inside of Stone Soup Brochure

ANNIVERSARY FIESTA Stone Soup Celebrates 5 years and Starting to Rebuild

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011
at the Woo

911 Main St, Worcester

  • Live music and DJs!
  • FOOD


All ages.
Open to the public.
Donations welcome to benefit Stone Soup.
To enter a soup into the soup competition, email us:

Download a printable PDF flyer

Work day October 30th: Volunteers wanted!

We are planning a work day to do clean-up and begin rebuilding work at Stone Soup:
Sunday, November 6th, 2011

The building is cleaned out and ready for rebuilding! Yesterday we had a great clean up with a dozen volunteers cleaning, patching, painting, tarring, sorting, assembling lights and other things to be ready for the rebuilding work that will start within a few months.
***We need help from someone with electrical knowledge in finishing the temporary lighting assembly, please contact us if you know someone who can help***

Some highlights:

  • All rooms outside of the back wing that is heavily damaged are clean!
  • The flat part of the roof is re-tarred and the patch is holding up from the last work day’s job.
  • Handy carpenter skills made very solid blocked windows and garage patches.
  • We feasted on polenta, roots, pie, tea, cookies!
  • Stone Soup members hauled tons of fire-damaged stuff and filled another huge dumpster that will go to be sorted and mostly recycled.
  • 8 year-old Rafi painted the base coat of paint on the sign that will show a message about where we’re at.