SoupGrant Thursday Night at 6.30!

We’re excited to welcome you back to SoupGrant Lansing this Thursday night (Sep 18)!

We have two phenomenal presentations coming up, one from past presenter Go Green Trikes and the other from Teens LOL TV.

Never been to SoupGrant before? Here’s how it works.

When you arrive at Grace Lutheran, head to the basement. (Just head down the hall from the entrance with the SoupGrant sign, hang a right, go down the stairway, and you’ll see us!)

When you get there, we’ll have someone at the door to say hello! If you want to vote, you’ll pay a $5 donation/person. We also offer a reduced rate for kids under 12 of $2/vote. By the way, if you’re feeling generous, you can always throw a little extra into the pot as well!

Sometime between 7-7.15, we’ll start our presentations. Our presenters will get up and talk about the work that they are doing here in Lansing. We don’t set any strict rules on who can present just as long as their work is going to make a positive impact in the community!

While you’re hearing from our community presenters, you’ll get to enjoy some delicious, homemade soup from our Soup Master Terry. Our soup is healthy and usually vegan or vegetarian. By the way, if you want to bring a soup, salad, dessert or other contribution to the meal, e-mail us at SoupGrantLansing@gmail.com!

After the presentations are over, you’ll get a chance to ask questions of our presenters and vote on your favorite! Once we tally up the votes, we announce the night’s winner (usually a little before 8.00) and present them with their SoupGrant winnings!

Be sure to invite a friend to ‪#‎SoupGrant‬!

20 people x $5/vote = $100
30 people x $5/vote = $150
50 people x $5/vote = $250

You get the idea!

SoupGrant is immediate, democratic, and grassroots. Our SoupGrant Team provides the forum, YOU and our wonderful Lansing community, provide the grant. Come take part in this event and love your community!

Questions? Want to present in the future but need more info? Interested in getting involved? E-mail us! SoupGrantLansing@gmail.com

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What? SoupGrant Lansing
When? Thursday, September 18; doors at 6.30, presentations begin after 7
Where? Grace Lutheran ELCA’s basement, 528 N. Martin Luther King
How much? The meal is free and open to everyone; a vote for the project of your choice is $5.

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Second September Contender: TeensLOLTV

We’re very pleased to welcome our second contender to this month’s SoupGrant! Our second application this month comes to us from TeensLOLTV, “a network of inspiring talk shows for and by teens, where teens mentor peers through various social studies and topics in order to help each other live healthy & out loud as a community.”

Adam from TeensLOLTV got in touch with us recently and shared a little about what they do.

Tell us about TeensLOLTV. What do you promote as an organization?

LOLTV: We are promoting helping the homeless, serving underprivileged youth, anti-bullying campaigns, youth jobs and incentives, showcasing youth talent, and much more; all the while promoting chances for other teens to do the same through our mini-TV network called TeensLOLTV – live out loud! Our production includes teenager missions group leaders from Michigan, South Africa, and Japan. We are reaching out to other teens for a global media impact! The teens are leaders of their own groups who host talk show series to mentor their peers with social studies education. 

Our newest project is called POL – Project Out Loud. With POL we are partnering with Teen Centers to use our shows as additional engagement activities in youth centers. We will give DVD copies to the programs and allow youth to use their phone to Survey, do Trivia, and film Challenges during the show in order to receive broadcast-incentives.

Where can people watch your shows?

LOLTV: Broadcasts are available online, and on Ch. 16 on Lansing Public Access TV. 

How will you use the money from your SoupGrant?

LOLTV:

  • Branding materials 
  • Broadcasting equipment 
  • Survey Game technology on polleverywhere.com
  • We are also planning a motivational tour to reach schools in the Lansing area

Why is this project important?

LOLTV: Students mentor their peers using social studies education. Students develop public speaking and journalism skills. Students also do motivational speaking engagements with their peers.

Tell us a little about yourself.

LOLTV: My name is Adam Williams, Founder of Teens LOL, LLC. Our mission is to identify and bring teen-youth leaders together to work towards collective impact in their communities. As a community organizer, I have a passion to bring powerful people together for a common cause, and passion to direct powerful youth along with their parental guidance. The talk show is a platform to package these gifts and skills to positively support our youth today. I’ve concluded that these youth I work with are not only the leaders of the future, but of today’s generation!

Join us September 18 to hear from TeensLOLTV and Go Green Trikes! We still have third spot open, so if you have an idea that you would like to share with us at this month’s dinner, fill out an application! You can click here for more info about SoupGrant and click here to apply. If you have any questions, please e-mail us at SoupGrantLansing@gmail.com – we’d love to hear from you! Applications due September 12.

 

 

 

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Back for More: Go Green Trikes

SoupGrant is excited to welcome Go Green Trikes back this month! We wanted to share a couple photos from Yvonne with you to give you a better idea of what this green, bike-powered delivery service looks like in action!

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From GGT’s Facebook: “This is a 6-foot long by 2-foot wide crate holding the makings of a 10x10x6 kennel with 12-gauge fencing. It took two men at the Tractor Supply on W Grand River to lift it off the trike!”

What is Go Green Trikes?

GGT: We’re a “green” delivery service that uses heavy duty electric-assist tricycles and bikes that are capable of hauling up to 600 pound payloads.

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From GGT’s Facebook: “Neat idea! Someone hired me today to help them with a store return since the item wouldn’t easily fit in/on their vehicle.”

Why are you applying for a SoupGrant?

We want to establish a fund whereby non-profits and other local community groups can better afford our services so we can help them help others.

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Go Green Trikes delivers anywhere in the shaded area and operates from April – November.

How will you use the money you raise from your SoupGrant?

The funds will be used to wholly or partially offset delivery costs so non-profits can take advantage of our services. So far, the Homeless Angels and Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council have both expressed interest. Others that we plan to invite once a fund is established are the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, the Allen Neighborhood Center, and the Greater Lansing Food Bank.

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Why is this project important?

Go Green Trikes, LLC operates under a “triple bottom line”. While we’re in business to make a profit, people and the planet are important to us as well. We’ve noticed that several local non-profits LOVE the idea of utilizing greener transport alternatives, it may be an undue hardship for them to do so.

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Yvonne will be back with us for SoupGrant on September 18! For more info and to RSVP, check out our Facebook event page.

 

*All photos courtesy of Go Green Trikes’s Facebook. 

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SoupGrant Lansing Turns One!

Thank you to everyone who came out Thursday night to help us celebrate our first year in Lansing!

Three past winners joined us for the event to compete for a second SoupGrant. Aliza came back to present the Kids’ Farm Stand Fund, Terra returned to represent the Food Systems Project, and ChaDorea was back to talk about D.A.N.C.E.

D.A.N.C.E. won the competition and took home $108 to help furbish their new facilities. 

Thank you to all of our competitors last night and throughout the past year. It’s been a great first year for us at SoupGrant and it happens every month because of you. You inspire us constantly with your work and your passion for this community. You are why we Love Lansing.

See you in September, everyone! 

Aliza Presentation

Aliza talks about the Kids’ Farm Stand Fund.

Bday cake 2

Whipped in Old Town graciously donated this delicious cake to help us celebrate our first year in Lansing!

Bday cake

Thanks for helping us celebrate, Whipped!

ChaDorea Presentation 2

Hangin’ out while ChaDorea talks about D.A.N.C.E.

ChaDorea Presentation

ChaDorea talks about D.A.N.C.E. They won our August SoupGrant and took home $108 to help furbish their new facilities.

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Delicious soups from Soup Master Terry.

Terra presentation

Terra explains the Food Systems Project.

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Happy Bday SoupGrant 2

Happy Bday SoupGrant

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Birthday Soup Contenders: D.A.N.C.E.

Our 1st Annual Birthday Soup is fast approaching! SoupGrant Lansing will be celebrating turning a year old before you know it!

As we talked about marking our birthday, we decided that we would like to bring back some past winners. We regularly try to bring back past winners to talk about what they have been able to accomplish since winning SoupGrant, but we wanted to take it a step further by giving them the chance to compete for a second SoupGrant. Back in June, we sent out e-mails, and Tweets and Facebook posts letting past winners know that they could re-apply. We had decided to limit the number of contestants to three and we received word from three past winners letting us know that they were interested!

As we approach August 21, we want to take a look at our returning contestants. Last week we put the spotlight on The Food Systems Project and earlier this week, we took a closer look at the Kids’ Farm Stand Fund. Now we turn to our third and final contestant, D.A.N.C.E.!

D.A.N.C.E. – Developing And Nurturing Community Empowerment

Describe your project. 

D.A.N.C.E. is a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization dedicated to impacting the lives of youth, their families, and their communities through the performing arts. Our goal is to provide affordable high quality arts training to youth ages 3-18 from all socioeconomic groups. At D.A.N.C.E., we believe in training the whole individual; all of our participants, who are referred to as S.T.A.R.S. (Students Taking Active Roles in Society) are held to a high standard in a fun, family like environment. Our Dance Training Programs provide our S.T.A.R.S. with rigorous, quality training in multiple styles of dance. In 2009, after recognizing the need to provide pre-professional performance opportunities and training to our advanced participants, we started S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company (SDC), a national award winning dance team comprised of dancers ages 5-18. Members of the SDC have been able to travel across the country to train and compete without financial barriers. Besides just training in dance, our S.T.A.R.S. are provided with free academic coaching to help them maximize their academic potential and are encouraged to become active within their community through community service opportunities. Since being founded in 2007, we have never turned a child down due to the financial status of the family. 

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How will you use the money from your SoupGrant? 

SOUP grant funding will allow us to continue to make the program accessible to all of the youth in the community who are interested. The funding will assist with making sure that all of our participants have the proper dance wear and equipment that they need to participate in the program.

Why is this project important?

95% of our Lansing Program Participants require financial assistance in order to participate, many of which come from homes where the family income is below the Federal Poverty Level. This project is important for the Lansing Community because it provides the youth with opportunities that they would not otherwise have access to. The benefits of arts programs for youth are widely known and we seek to ensure that the youth of Lansing have access to these benefits. According to a report by the National Endowment for the Arts, “The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies”, at-risk students who have access to the arts in or out of school also tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement. We hope to provide the youth of the Lansing Community with the opportunity to engage in a supportive arts training environment that will not only help them to grow artistically, but will prepare them for the future through an engaging curriculum which is infused with educational enrichment and character development.

What is the time frame for your project? Who/how will you be accountable? 

Our program runs from September through June. We will hold a final performance that is open to the public in June. We would be happy to provide pictures and videos of the participants highlighting their progress over the season and/or give an oral presentation. We would also be happy to have our participants perform at one of the SOUP events if space will allow.

Tell us about yourself!

My name is ChaDorea Robinson and I am the Founder of the D.A.N.C.E., Inc. Program established in 2007. D.A.N.C.E. stands for Developing And Nurturing Community Empowerment. While attending Michigan State University and working with many youth throughout Lansing, (i.e. Parks and Recreation, Day Care Centers, Juvenile Homes). I realized that there were a lot of youth that were very talent and had an interest in performing arts. They always mentioned how they wish they could train in something they loved to do but never had the family or financial support. My passion for performing arts, youth, and my desire to invest in the Lansing community has led me to create D.A.N.C.E., Inc.

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Birthday Soup Contenders: Kids’ Farm Stand Fund

Our 1st Annual Birthday Soup is fast approaching! SoupGrant Lansing will be celebrating turning a year old before you know it!

As we talked about marking our birthday, we decided that we would like to bring back some past winners. We regularly try to bring back past winners to talk about what they have been able to accomplish since winning SoupGrant, but we wanted to take it a step further by giving them the chance to compete for a second SoupGrant. Back in June, we sent out e-mails, and Tweets and Facebook posts letting past winners know that they could re-apply. We had decided to limit the number of contestants to three and we received word from three past winners letting us know that they were interested!

As we approach August 21, we want to take a look at our returning contestants. Last week we put the spotlight on The Food Systems Project. This week, we’re taking a closer look at the Kids’ Farm Stand Fund. Next week, we’ll highlight D.A.N.C.E.

Kids Farm Stand Fund

Describe your project. 

Aliza: We are a grant-funded garden based nutrition education program that partners with Lansing area schools to provide quality, effective nutrition education programming for elementary aged students (5-12 years old).  We work with over 1,000 students each year to promote healthy habits and food choices by facilitating hands-on gardening and cooking lessons. In keeping with our hands-on philosophy, we also maintain four educational gardens on the properties of our four partner schools. These gardens are a source of pride and beauty for our students and also allow them to see firsthand how their food is grown.

Much of the produce grown in our gardens is used in our cooking lessons with the kids,  but all surplus produce is sold at the West Side Farmers’ Market and the profits generated are put back into the program. This year we have begun inviting some of our oldest and most invested garden club students to help run our farm stand. This provides many wonderful opportunities for them to learn about their local food system as well as to  gain entrepreneurial insight and effective communication skills. The kids are very enthusiastic and eager to contribute. In the past season we have helped them to brainstorm ideas for new products to sell, including hand-crafted bracelets and healthful baked goods.

Unfortunately, however we are limited in what we can do as our grant does not allow us to purchase materials for these projects. If awarded this SoupGrant we hope to create a Youth Entrepreneur Farmer’s Market Fund. This fund would allow us to purchase materials so that we  are able to continue facilitating these educationally valuable projects with our students.

How will you use the money from your SoupGrant? 

Aliza: Money will be spent directly on supplies so that we can make value added products with our students to sell at market. For our students to truly be invested in this project, it is important that these experiences be kid-directed. For this reason, we will brainstorm with them what they are the most interested in learning how to make and sell. So for instance, if we decide that we are most interested in learning more about jam-making, this money will go to buy berries, sugar, cans and other supplies needed. Money made on sales of these products will go back into the Youth Entrepreneur Farm Market Fund for future projects.

Why is this project important?

Aliza: This project is important because it benefits our community on many levels. It will give our students the opportunity to learn and hone important life skills, such as jam making, baking, money management, product promotion, business etiquette, etc. Moreover, it will expand their perspective of our food system and allow them to observe and contribute to it at a wide range of stages–from seed to table. It will also help to provide more affordable, healthful and ethically produced products to market shoppers and area residents.

What is the time frame for your project? Who/how will you be accountable? 

Aliza: The Farmer’s Market runs through October, so we would use some of these funds to produce products to sell during the current season. We program year round and will continue to build and strengthen relationships with students so that when next year’s season rolls in we will have a core group of committed students to continue these projects  at next years market.

Tell us about yourself!

Aliza: I am a Nutrition Educator at the North West Initiative, and boy do I love my job!! I have been passionate about food access and education since I was a high school student. I am committed to helping to create a positive learning environment for young people, where mistakes are just opportunities for growth and classrooms aren’t always inside! I have a big goofy dog named Arlo.

 

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Birthday Soup Contenders: Food Systems Project

Our 1st Annual Birthday Soup is fast approaching! SoupGrant Lansing will be celebrating turning a year old before you know it!

As we talked about marking our birthday, we decided that we would like to bring back some past winners. We regularly try to bring back past winners to talk about what they have been able to accomplish since winning SoupGrant, but we wanted to take it a step further by giving them the chance to compete for a second SoupGrant. Back in June, we sent out e-mails, and Tweets and Facebook posts letting past winners know that they could re-apply. We had decided to limit the number of contestants to three and we received word from three past winners letting us know that they were interested!

As we approach August 21, we want to take a look at our returning contestants. This week, the spotlight will be on The Food Systems Project, our June ’14 winner. Next week we will take a closer look at D.A.N.C.E. and Aliza’s garden project.

The SGL team (Heather, Joel, and Terry) with June winner, Terra

The SGL team (Heather, Joel, and Terry) with June winner, Terra

The Food Systems Project – Terra

Describe your project.

FSP: The Food Systems Project is a school-garden based nutrition education program that provides classroom lessons, an after-school program, and a summer garden camp for youth ages 5-12.

How will you use the money from your SoupGrant?

FSP: The funds will be used to help pay for an Americorps member for our program to help build capacity and create a more sustainable program that can grow and thrive.

Food Systems Project

Why is this project important?

FSP: This program provides nutrition education classes and school-garden based education to over 1,000 students and over 50 classrooms in Lansing each year.

What is the time frame for your project? Who/how will you be accountable? 

FSP: We are fundraising in order to have an Americorps member at our program, which would be infinitely beneficial to the program. All funds raised will go towards this expense. We will update you via e-mail on how things are growing!

Tell us about yourself!

FSP: Our program was started in 2005 and continues to grow. We are a small team with a big vision, big mission, and big hearts!

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STARS wins our July SoupGrant

July SoupGrant winner Angie took home $98 on behalf of STARS.

July SoupGrant winner Angie took home $98 on behalf of STARS.

We had a great SoupGrant last Thursday! We featured two awesome projects – Go Green Trikes and STARS - who competed for our SoupGrant. In addition to hearing from Yvonne from GGT and Angie, one of the STARS parents, we had some great soups: potato chowder, crushed lentil, and an amazing carrot soup. Aliza made a delicious kale salad – we’ve had a few requests for the recipe! Watch out, Aliza! You may have more than one SoupGrant attendee asking you to make it again sometime!

Both ideas were very popular – we had lots of questions for Yvonne in particular! In the end, though, STARS pulled through with the majority of the vote. The $98 we awarded will be going to help them send the team to a national dance competition in New Jersey this August!

If you want to hear more about STARS, we encourage you to check them out and consider giving a donation to help them realize this awesome, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for their dancers!

We are hopeful that Yvonne will make it back to talk to us again in September. Go Green Trikes is a unique, innovative project and something we feel privileged to get the chance to hear about firsthand at SoupGrant!

Yvonne from Go Green Trikes, LLC gave a great presentation - we hope you come back in September!

Yvonne from Go Green Trikes, LLC gave a great presentation – we hope you come back in September!

July SoupGrant Angie

See you in August for our 1st Annual Birthday Soup!

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The Contenders

This month, SoupGrant is featuring two fantastic local, #LoveLansing projects that you won’t want to miss! 

The first is Go Green Trikes, a very unique start-up here in Lansing that offers a green alternative for local deliveries.

If GGT wins the July SoupGrant, they will use the money “to wholly or partially offset delivery costs so non-profits can take advantage of our services. So far, the Homeless Angels and Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council have both expressed interest. Others that we plan to invite once a fund is established are the Women’s Center of Greater Lansing, the Allen Neighborhood Center, and the Greater Lansing Food Bank.”

Why is this project important?

Go Green Trikes, LLC operates under a “triple bottom line”. While we’re in business to make a profit, people and the planet are important to us as well. We’ve noticed that several local non-profits LOVE the idea of utilizing greener transport alternatives, it may be an undue hardship for them to do so.

The second is the S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company, a group of insanely talented girls who will be traveling to NY/NJ in August for a national dance competition.

Money raised at SoupGrant will be used to help offset travel costs for the dance team. The cost to send these 25 girls is $25,000 – you can check out more info on the team and their trip on their fundraising page!

Why is this project important?

We created our S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company (SDC) to allow our students the chance to compete, travel, take master classes and become accustomed to the professional dance world. Many of our dancers come from at risk neighborhoods and from homes where they would not be able to afford competitive dance training (almost 75% of our students receive financial assistance to participate).

Join us Thursday night to rally support around these two remarkable organizations that are making Lansing great.

Never been to a SoupGrant before? We raise money for community organizations one soup dinner at a time. The soup is free, homemade, and usually vegetarian or vegan. As we gather together to share a meal, we hear from members of the community who share projects and ideas that they are working on. Attendees donate $5 at the door for a vote. After hearing the presentations and having the opportunity to ask questions, you get to vote for the project of your choice. The winner takes home the SoupGrant to kickstart their work.

In the past, winners have taken home anywhere from $65 to $259. The more people you help bring out, the more money we can give to these great causes!

So come hungry – and don’t forget a bowl, spoon, and $5 to support the project of your choice.

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Re: Indiegogo Fundraiser

For those of you who weren’t with us at our June SoupGrant, we wanted to give you a quick rundown of how we’ve used the $330 raised in our Indiegogo campaign at the beginning of 2014.

  • $150 awarded to Kaylee Fischer, the winner of our SoupGrant logo redesign contest
  • $50 to offset costs for our soup chef, Terry
  • $50 to print bumper stickers with local printer, Nudge Printing
  • $30 was deducted from our total in fees for Indiegogo
  • $10 in printing costs
  • $10 buying volunteers coffee

This leaves us…

  • $30

We will be replenishing our coffers through donations raised with our bumper stickers. If you would like one, we suggest a $5 donation. They can be picked up every month at SoupGrant. To continue supporting Kaylee, who has been wonderful to us ever since the end of the logo contest, we will be giving $1 from every $5 raised back to her as a small way of continuing to say thank you.

SoupGrant is as grassroots as it gets and we can’t thank you enough for your support! We couldn’t do it without you, and so we want to be accountable to you in how we invest our money.

If you are interested in making a donation to SoupGrant, send us an e-mail at SoupGrantLansing@gmail.com.

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