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Time Trade Circle and Stone Soup

Time trade Circle knock on Stone Soups door.

Stone Soup General meeting decided that Stone Soup and Time Trade Circle should work together.



CONTACT: Curtis Falzoi, Time Trade Circle, 310-980-2644, cjfalzoi@gmail.com

What: Time Trade Orientation at Stone Soup in Worcester

When: Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 4pm

Where: Stone Soup, 4 King Street, Worcester, MA 01610

Worcester, MA – On Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 4pm, The Time Trade Circle, Massachusetts’ Time Bank, will be holding on orientation open to the general public to learn more about time banking and register for the Time Trade Circle. The location of the orientation is Stone Soup, 4 King Street in Worcester.

The Time Trade Circle http://timetradecircle.org/ is a local bank – but keeps track of time instead of money. The idea is simple: I earn a time credit by doing something for you. It doesn’t matter what that “something” is. You turnaround and earn a time credit doing something for someone else. For example, an hour of gardening equals an hour of child-care equals an hour of dentistry equals an hour of home repair equals an hour of teaching someone to play chess. All people’s time are valued equally, regardless of color, gender, level of education, or geographic location.

TimeBanking builds on the magic of “pay it forward,” one good turn leading to another and another and another. Through pay-it-forward, TimeBanking joins unused resources in a community to needs that are not being met.

Time banking is the brain-child of University of the District of Columbia law professor Edgar Cahn. “From probably caveman days, there was always an invisible core economy of home, family, neighborhood, and community. Families grew up. Neighborhoods were safe. Seniors were taken care of. We’ve seen that erode. That core economy was subsidized by the labor of women and the exploitation of minorities and immigrants. We have to find a way to honor and give economic value to the universal capacities to care, to love, to help.”

Unlike the monetary economy, which values a doctor’s time more than a day-care worker’s, in time banks the lawyer’s hour equals the same time dollar as the laborer’s. Unlike a barter economy of traded favors – the auto mechanic tunes up the car of the plumber who then fixes the mechanic’s leaky sink – time bank members pay it forward. Unlike a traditional bank, time banks regularly schedule social events and, in more diverse communities, build bridges across racial and ethnic divides.

Anyone can become a member of the Time Trade Circle. Individuals, groups, organizations, government agencies, churches, businesses; they all can become members, and contribute time, energies, skills and resources.

To join, one must:

  • attend an orientation meeting

  • create an account on the Time Trade Circle website

Since 2007, The Time Trade Circle has steadily grown in number, hours traded, and geographic scope. Originally centered around the community of Cambridge, MA, the Time Trade Circle now includes over 900 members throughout the state of Massachusetts, including Worcester, Boston metro area, South Shore, North Shore, and Western Massachusetts.

See more about the Time Trade Circle and “time banking” in general at http://timetradecircle.org/ and www.facebook.com/timetradecircle

Stone Soup, http://www.stonesoupworcester.org/, the host of the orientation, is a volunteer run organization that brings together various Worcester leadership development and organizing groups doing social, environmental and economic justice work in the city of Worcester MA.


Spreadin’ Rhythm Around Benefit Show

Friday, January 3rd, 2014
8:30pm – 12 midnight
at Raymundo’s Restaurant
in City Lights Sports Bar & Grill 395 Grafton St
MA, 01604

Rising from the Ashes (both Stone Soup and Pupuseria!)
Dancing, Food & Drinks
Live music featuring:
Spreadin’ Rhythm Around
the new Harlem Swing Trio featuring
Nat Needle on stride piano & vocals Camille Collins Lovell on violin & vocals
& Jamie Butrym on upright bass & vocals!

$10 Suggested donation benefits Stone Soup Community Center’s fire rebuild.
Food purchased benefits Raymundo’s Restaurant’s (formerly Pupusería la Salvadoreña) re-opening after the fire.

Printable Flyer (PDF)

Rebuilding Complete!

Just the 3rd floor remains!

Stone Soup Ribbon Cutting on Dec. 3rd was a success! First round of pictures HERE
Re-Opening Celebration Was also a success! (Friday, March 21st)
Watch videos from the event here:

Please help us find things on our WISH LIST.

CALL TO ACTION: Come help get Stone Soup through the REBUILD FINISH LINE!
Volunteer Work Days (no special skills needed, plasterers especially welcome) – contact us to find out dates/times.


  • Carpenters Local 107 & New England Carpenters Training Center
  • YouthBuild Boston, Mass YouthBuild Coalition, YouthBuild Lawrence, YouthBuild Worcester, YouthBuild Brockton, and YouthBuild New Bedford
  • Mass YouthBuild Coalition
  • Shriver Job Corps, Westover Job Corps, and Grafton Job Corps
  • Worcester Common Ground
  • Plumbers and Pipe-fitters UA Local 4
  • Painters Union Local 48
  • Cooperative Fund of New England
  • Equity Trust
  • Co-op Power
  • Rebuilding Together Worcester
  • Maple Street Architects

King Street Block Party 2013!



Saturday, September 21st, 2013
3-7pm on King St in front of Stone Soup

  • Hundreds of people came, ate, danced, connected.
  • Dozens of people took tours of the almost-finished building.
  • Over 20 people performed and spoke.
  • 10 giant puppets roamed the crowds.

People’s Party Productions – awesome sound stage!
Future Focus Media Co-op – video / photos
Evan Greer
Dismas Family Farm
Bristol Studios
Butterside Down
Nuestro Huerto
Good Orning
The Shop
Atelier Legrange
The Woo
Collective A Go-Go
Plar Beverages for seltzer
Big Y, Price Chopper, Shaws for gift cards

  • Great music and performances!
  • Tours of the close-to-complete building!
  • Food and kids activities!
  • Network with community groups, activists and artists!

block party flyer 2013

Crowdfunding 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 – A Success!

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