July 16th SoupGrant Lansing!

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June 18 SoupGrant

After coming in a close second to the Refugee Development Center in May, Woody from Compost Katie will be back Thursday, June 18 to share his new project with another crowd at SoupGrant.

(Take a quick look here for a preview of Compost Katie.)

Woody from Compost Katie.

Woody from Compost Katie.

compost-katie-flyerOur second presentation this month comes from Edgewood Village Network.

Here’s a quick look at their proposal:

Our project aims to increase the quality of programs offered to “Tower Residents” by improving access to technology, specifically an updated television set for the use of recreational programs that encourage wellness. Residents currently participate in a variety of programs at home that include:

  • Wii Fit, where residents play Wii games that help keep them active and engaged.
  • Movie Tuesday, hosted by a Tower Resident, residents enjoy an afternoon movie, popcorn, and a shared experience.
  • Brain Gym, DVDs have been used to help facilitate this group.

Why is this project important? How does it benefit the Lansing community?

The project is important because it will make a difference to the residents that participate in “Tower Programs” by providing reliable, up-to-date technology that will be utilized on a regular bases by our residents. We feel it would boost participation in programs, and a sense of pride and ownership in the community. We also feel that residents living in the Tower would greatly appreciate being able to more easily use the television for resident run events and it would improve the overall quality of life for our residents. A new television would also allow Edgewood to save money by utilizing the Netflix account used in The Village Network Center.

Edgewood Village Network of Meridian Township.

Edgewood Village Network of Meridian Township.

For all the latest info on our June 18 SoupGrant, join the Facebook event page.

What? SoupGrant
Where? Grace Lutheran ELCA (528 N MLK, Lansing)
Why? To raise money for a micro-grant (a “SoupGrant”) to fund community projects around Lansing.
When? Doors at 6.30. Proposals at 7.10. Winner announced at 7.45.
What should I bring? $5, a bowl, and a friend!

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Now Hiring! (Well, Sort Of…)

Soup 1SoupGrant Lansing is hiring! (Sort of…) We are currently in need of a volunteer/intern who can take over our social media presence on Facebook and Twitter.

We are looking for someone who meets the following qualifications:

  • First and foremost, a passion for the city of Lansing and surrounding region including (but not limited to) its entrepreneurs, neighborhoods, art, food and agriculture, non-profits, and socially conscious local business.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge with social media.
  • Ability to dedicate up to an hour a day to promoting SoupGrant Lansing, future events, past presenters and partners, and other relevant info on community happenings.
  • Ability to identify and make contact with people whose projects may be good candidates for a SoupGrant.
  • Ability to leverage existing media (including articles, videos, photos, etc.) and to brainstorm ideas for future media.
  • Strong creative impulse and ability to work in a self-directed capacity.
  • Ability to keep SoupGrant Lansing front-of-mind with our followers without overwhelming them.
  • Ability to work well with a small, dedicated team of volunteers on shoe-string budget.

If you are interested in filling this role or know someone else who may be interested, please e-mail SoupGrantLansing@gmail.com!

While we are unable to offer any financial compensation and this position is being offered strictly on a volunteer basis, this is a great opportunity for someone to make connections around the city of Lansing and the tri-county region and beef up social media credentials with a growing organization.

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RDC Summer Camps Wins May 21 SoupGrant

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Congratulations to the Refugee Development Center’s summer camp program on winning $200 at SoupGrant on May 21!

The RDC works to welcome newcomers to Lansing, their new home. Our clients are members of the Lansing community, and the work we do has a direct impact on the city. Our summer camp helps acclimatize students to American life and their new home, simple things such as swimming in the summer in a swimming suit is all a part of that experience. And while a small piece, it will improve the summer for many children.

Bruce from past SoupGrant winner Lansing Soccer Club talks about their progress repairing fields this spring.

Bruce, from past SoupGrant winner Lansing Soccer Club, talks about their progress repairing fields this spring.

Compost Katie, a curb-side recycling program, came in a very close second and we’re pleased to let you know that Woody will be back on June 18 to share this new project with us again.

So, if you missed out last month, make plans to join us June 18!

If you have a project that you would like to present, get an application in today!

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Refugee Development Center

Announcing our second contestant at SoupGrant on Thursday: the Refugee Development Center’s summer camp! Compost Katie–a weekly, curbside food waste pickup service in Lansing–will also be joining us, as well as past winner Lansing Soccer Club.

Refugee Development Center

Tell us about your project.

The Refugee Development Center (RDC) runs an annual summer camp for 4 weeks that serves 80 youth, middle and high school aged. The students are all new arrivals to the country (within 18 months), and the camp is designed to support core-curriculum standards for science as well as foster growth in English as a second language.

If you win, how will you use the money?

During our camp we go on many field trips, and some of the destinations involve swimming in pools or lakes. Many of our students come to this country with very little and often are not equipped with proper swim suits come summer, which results in them not being able to participate in the activities. We hope to use the money to buy some simple swim suits for our students and provide them the opportunity to enjoy a summer swim.

Why is the project important? How does it benefit Lansing?

The RDC works to welcome newcomers to Lansing, their new home. Our clients are members of the Lansing community, and the work we do has a direct impact on the city. Our summer camp helps acclimatize students to American life and their new home, simple things such as swimming in the summer in a swimming suit is all a part of that experience. And while a small piece, it will improve the summer for many children.

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Compost Katie

Compost Katie

Announcing our first presenter at SoupGrant on May 21!

Tell us a little about your project.

Compost Katie is a weekly curb side pick up of all food waste. This includes cooked meats, bones, all produce, pizza boxes, corrugated cardboard and news print. Compost Katie also picks up all lawn debris, leaves, twigs less than one inch in diameter and untreated grass clippings. Our objective is to reduce the amount of organics in our landfills and return them to their proper home in the food chain. We vermicomost all of our organics.

If you win, how will you use the money?

Money would go towards my lease of $930 a month as well as to marketing this concept. This idea is very new to Lansingites and must be explained in mailers and the press.

Why is this project important for Lansing?

Simply put, we are running out of landfill space. Not to mention the methane gas that is created through the anaerobic of which organics are placed under in landfills. The EPA has pointed to landfills as being the number one man made contributor to methane gas which is 23x more dangerous than CO2. Much of the vermicompost created will be donated to the Garden Project which oversees 90 community gardens that feed over 7,000 people.

For the latest info on May 21 SoupGrant, join our Facebook event!

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Get Your Application in for May 21!

Got an idea for the Lansing region? Want a platform to share it? How about the chance to win over $100 to fund it?

SoupGrant Lansing is a monthly crowd-funding event that takes place every 3rd Thursday at Grace Lutheran ELCA near the corner of MLK and Saginaw in the heart of Lansing. We fund diverse projects including start-ups, mom & pop ventures, neighborhood initiatives, school projects, and more. Our only requirement is that your project must, in some way, benefit the Lansing region (generally considered Eaton, Ingham, and Clinton counties).

We are currently looking for folks interested in presenting their project at our May 21 SoupGrant. Want to apply? Applications are due May 1 and our contestants will be announced May 4.

How much money can you raise at SoupGrant? Well, part of that’s up to you! The more people you invite, the more donations we’ll pool together for our “SoupGrant.”

Got more questions? Take a look at our FAQs page. If you still can’t find the answer you’re looking for, e-mail us at SoupGrantLansing@gmail.com!

We look forward to seeing you May 21 and sharing soup with you!

Soup: best shared with friends.

Soup: best shared with friends.

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Woman Behind the Mask Wins SoupGrant

Congrats to Woman Behind the Mask on winning $130 at SoupGrant!

Our Soup Family – powering change in #LoveLansing one bowl of soup at a time.

Congrats to Woman Behind the Mask on winning $130 at SoupGrant!

Woman Behind the Mask meets every week at NorthWest Initiative to provide women a safe and secure place to gather for mutual support. WBM would like to use the money towards purchasing a van and getting a logo designed for their group. Know someone with a van or graphic design skills who might be able to donate their time or give a reduced rate? Let us know and we’ll pass on the word to WBM!

Who’s next? Apply by May 1 to present your locally-rooted, Lansing-minded idea on May 21!

HerBlends

Kirk and Patti from HerBlends of Plenty came back again to talk about their new venture – Abundance at the Avenue Cafe. Join us April 27 at the Avenue for a preview pop-up dinner at 6:30.

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Elizabeth Collins-Jones and Danyele Evans from Woman Behind the Mask talk about their work to provide a safe and supportive place for women in Lansing to meet weekly.

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Recap of March 19 SoupGrant

On March 19, about 30 Lansingites gathered in the basement of Grace Lutheran ELCA to share a hearty, healthy, and delicious meal – and, at the same time, to support a great cause. Two very different groups came to present their ideas, both hoping to make the Lansing area a healthier and happier place to live – and eat!

The first, HerBlends of Plenty, has been joining us faithfully month after month since late 2014, every month treating us to delicious, locally-sourced tea. We look forward to having them with us every third Thursday, especially this month where they joined us to present their idea for an accessible and affordable farm-to-table community kitchen and tea house on Lansing’s Eastside. The night of SoupGrant, they also announced the location for their new brick-and-mortar establishment: Avenue Cafe at 2021 Michigan Ave.

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Kirk from HerBlends of Plenty.

Our second contender was Team Playmakers from St. Vincent Catholic Charities. This group of volunteers works with foster children in need of support and stability in their lives as well as a healthy, physical outlet. As Ann shared with us, what the kids at St. Vincent need more than anything is the constancy of a reliable adult presence in their lives. Everyone, I think, was deeply impressed by the stories of kids who have gone from exhibiting indifference or resistance to the running program to enthusiastic participation as they see their mentors return faithfully week after week.

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Ann from Team Playmakers at St. Vincent.

Those who have been to SoupGrant before know just how hard it is to have two great presentations on the same night and to be forced to choose which one to support. (I myself never vote because it’s just too hard to make up my mind!) Unfortunately, everyone gets only one vote, and only one can win. Maybe Kirk (from HerBlends) encouraging everyone to vote for Team Playmakers made the decision a little easier this month.

In the end, Team Playmakers won your votes and, in doing so, your generous donations totaling $152. Team Playmakers will be able to use this money to pay for registration fees, training clothes, and program incentives for the kids. You can find more info about them here.

If you would like to support HerBlends of Plenty, be sure to like them on Facebook and follow the developments as they launch their crowd-funding campaign. Having an affordable, farm-to-table option sounds like a great addition to Lansing’s Eastside and we can’t wait for them to open their doors!

Finally, we got to welcome the Clinton County FFA back this month. We were thrilled to not only hear about how business has been going for them since they won SoupGrant last October, we also got to see the fruit of their dedication as they followed through on their promise to collect donations for the Lansing Area AIDS Network pantry, a pledge they made after beating out LAAN to win that month’s SoupGrant.

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FFA of Clinton County donated a lot of great items to LAAN as well as over $140!

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Clinton County FFA joined us to update us about how business is going for them five months after winning SoupGrant – and also to drop off all those bags of donations for LAAN that you see on the stage!

Thank you again to everyone who joined us. Since 2013, you have helped raise $2153 – and that’s not including the numerous second-hand donations that have been made by those who have given additional time, funds, and resources to folks who presented at SoupGrant! We are working to partner with past SoupGrant presenters to create some volunteer events around Lansing in the coming months. If that interests you, be sure to join our Meetup page! It’s free and it’s a great way to see what our friends are up to around town.

See you April 16 for our next SoupGrant! We still have room for YOUR application, so head on over to the application page and fill one out! Got questions? Check out the FAQs or e-mail us (SoupGrantLansing@gmail.com) if you can’t find the answer to your question!

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SoupGrant in the News!

Check it out, folks! Heather and I (Joel) had the chance to sit down with Paige from East Lansing Info! She wrote a very nice story about us.

Read, share, spread the #SOUP movement!

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