At Aurora Bakery, we are creating a unique gathering place where individuals with differing abilities engage with the broader community.
Aurora Bakery is a retail shop on Main Street in Newport, NH and part of Road To Independence (RTI), a 501 (c) 3. The goal of RTI is to offer meaningful work experiences that enhance life skills valuable in all aspects of their lives.
Since 2011, RTI has offered non-riding donkey, horticultural and outreach programs. Aurora Bakery was added in 2017.
See articles about our business and crowdfunding campaign in the Eagle Times: For The Love Of Baking: Aurora Bakery offers a platter of opportunities and the Newport Times: The Local Crowd Upper Valley: Building Regional Prosperity and Resilience.
At our bakery, participants work in all aspects of a retail bakery:
- Making baked goods from scratch
- Packaging and presenting products for sale
- Serving customers
After four years of growth and development with broad community support, Aurora Bakery has a unique opportunity to expand at its present location. The physical expansion from 450 to 950 square feet has doubled our footprint. The larger and more efficient workspace has allowed us to:
- Develop a more genuine work environment to accommodate more than one participant at a time
- Participate in a second Farmers Market which increased both revenue and our customer base
- Attract additional volunteers to work with participants and produce bakery products
- Transition two more participants into paid, part-time employment bringing the total to three
Help Us Grow
At this time the Bakery Expansion seeks to:
- Create a variety of seating for customers and the community
- Expand our menu to include savory items such as sandwiches, soups and salads
- Provide more and varied work experiences for our participants
Specifically, we are seeking funds for:
|Purchases of a larger mixer and a bread slicer||$3,000|
|Tables, chairs, and other furnishings for indoor and outdoor seating||$2,000|
|Landscaping to include gardens and pruning apple tree||$2,000|
|New signage to improve our visibility||$500|
|Salary support for addl staff (25 hrs @ $15.50 for 24 weeks)||$9,300|
|Scholarships to support current unsponsored participants||$3,200|
We hope that you share our enthusiasm for this capital campaign. The results of this fundraiser will be priceless!!
What More Can You Do?
- Share our campaign with your networks
- Visit our bakery or order online
- Volunteer with us
- Follow us on Facebook
10% off at Aurora Bakery
For any donation over $25, receive 10% off of any regular bakery or freezer purchase as a Thank You for your support
Invitation to our Re-opening Event
In addition to the discount above, donors of $100 or more will receive an invitation to Aurora's Re-opening event in Fall 2022
Special Tasting Event
In addition to the items above, donors will receive an invitation to a Special Tasting Event to help select the 2022 Holiday Menu
Raffle for an RTI Picnic and Walk
In addition to the above, one lucky donor will receive a Picnic Lunch carried by donkeys (optional) on a date and location mutually selected. The picnic will include both savory and sweet items from Aurora Bakery for up to 6 people. To be used by June 2023.
Stretch Goal: So Generous!
Our supporters have been so generous to us that we are stretching our goal to $20,000. This reflects our ongoing staffing and scholarship needs. We are so grateful for your enthusiastic support.
Matching Challenge and Happy Birthday to Aurora Bakery
Some great news.
We are excited to announce a matching challenge, now active on our crowdfunding campaign!
An anonymous donor will match each donation dollar for dollar up to $250. That means your contribution will be doubled starting NOW. Support us today!
It’s also our BIRTHDAY on Sunday, June 19!
Join us in celebrating today, Saturday, June 18, at Aurora Bakery for our Open House. There will be birthday cake and other goodies for everyone to enjoy. We hope to see you there!
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Aurora Bakery Matching Challenge 1:1Thanks to a generous donor, every dollar you give will be matched (up to $250). Double your impact today!$250 matched of $250