Meet our Presenters for the December Soup Grant Event!

Child and Family Charities: T.R.U.E.

Joining us for the first time this week will be Child and Family Charities’ T.R.U.E. program! The LGBTQ Support Group, or T.R.U.E. (Teens Respecting and Understanding Each Other) is a program from Gateway, that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth between the ages of 14 and 18 in the Lansing area. Recognizing that LGBTQ youth are often at higher risk for homelessness, family conflict, and bullying than their peers, T.R.U.E. seeks to provide a safe space that is free from bullying, homophobia, biphobia, & transphobia for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 14-18. For more info on Child and Family Charities: T.R.U.E., please visit: http://www.childandfamily.org/page.php?id=158

Lansing Women’s Soccer Meetup

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Lansing Women’s Soccer Meetup provides a forum for women in the community to connect with other women who like to play or want to learn to play soccer. The group allows women from all walks of life to come together, learn, and enjoy some exercise in a fun way. Lansing Women’s Soccer Meetup is seeking funds to cover the meetup fees so that community members are free to join at no cost. For more info on Lansing Women’s Soccer Meetup, please visit: http://www.meetup.com/Lansing-Womens-Soccer-Meetup/

 

 

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Meet our Presenters for the November Soup Grant Event!

Helping Women Period

Helping Women Period will be back this month for a second chance at taking home a Soup Grant! Helping Women Period is a non-profit organization that partners with various charities around Lansing to provide pads and tampons for low income and homeless women. The founders started Helping Women Period after reading an article about the lack of access to pads and tampons for homeless women and the realization that this basic need was not provided for by governmental assistance programs. They strongly believe that every woman deserves to not worry about her period and how it will affect her daily life. For more info on Helping Women Period, please visit: http://www.helpingwomenperiod.org/home.html

Child and Family Charities: T.R.U.E.

Joining us for the first time this week will be Child and Family Charities’ T.R.U.E. program! The LGBTQ Support Group, or T.R.U.E. (Teens Respecting and Understanding Each Other) is a program from Gateway, that helps lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth between the ages of 14 and 18 in the Lansing area. Recognizing that LGBTQ youth are often at higher risk for homelessness, family conflict, and bullying than their peers, T.R.U.E. seeks to provide a safe space that is free from bullying, homophobia, biphobia, & transphobia for LGBTQ youth and allies ages 14-18. For more info on Child and Family Charities: T.R.U.E., please visit: http://www.childandfamily.org/page.php?id=158

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Meet Our Presenters for the October SoupGrant Event!

Pure Performance Dance Studio

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Pure Performance is a new performing arts studio in Lansing that is committed to providing quality performance training, promoting artistic expression, inspiring and enhancing the lives of its students. The studio prides itself on providing an affordable dance education to community members age 6 and up and encouraging people to be comfortable with themselves while exploring a new activity. The studio lives by the motto, “Start Where You Are. Use What You Have. Do What You Can”. If Pure Performance Dance Studio won the October SoupGrant, they would use the money for materials and competitive fees for the group. For more info on Pure Performance, please visit: http://www.pureperformancearts.net/home

Helping Women Period

Helping Women Period is a non-profit organization that partners with various charities around Lansing to provide pads and tampons for low income and homeless women. The founders started Helping Women Period after reading an article about the lack of access to pads and tampons for homeless women and the realization that this basic need was not provided for by governmental assistance programs. They strongly believe that every woman deserves to not worry about her period and how it will affect her daily life. If Helping Women Period won the October SoupGrant, they would use the money to further boost their distribution of pads and tampons to those in need in the Greater Lansing Area. For more info on Helping Women Period, please visit: http://www.helpingwomenperiod.org/home.html

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September 17th SoupGrant!

Please join us September 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm for our September SoupGrant dinner. This dinner’s theme is “Student Night,” with two students serving as representatives for their organizations (please welcome back Edgewood Village and Grace Lutheran Community Garden)! In addition to the usual delicious soup dinner, we will also be having an ugly bowl contest. Dig out your wackiest, tackiest bowl and bring it to the dinner for a chance to win a prize!

Updates on the two presenters coming soon.

We hope to see you there!

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SoupGrant Lansing’s Two Year Anniversary!

On August 20th, #LanSoup celebrated its two year anniversary as an organization. In honor of the occasion, we invited back four previous winners: Compost Katie, Cuts and Convos, Lansing Soccer Club, and Teens LOL TV to compete for a second micro-grant. Each organization had a total of eight minutes to present and answer questions before voting took place…

But before we announce the winner, there were a lot of other cool things at this SoupGrant dinner that we want to share. First, all of our guests were treated to delicious soup and birthday desserts and each attendee even had a chance to win two Lansing Lugnuts tickets at the door! In addition to hearing about all of the awesome work the past four winners have been doing since they first won a #SoupGrant, everyone was able to learn about the exciting work Lansing Love Your Block is doing to improve Lansing’s neighborhoods. And as if that wasn’t sweet enough, Danielle Welke from Mid-Mitten Homemade (another past winner!) brought FREE Michigan ice-pops for all guests. The chocolate fudgesicle with coconut milk was amazing!

All in all, It was such an awesome event – catching up with old friends and welcoming new! Thank you to all of our new supporters. SoupGrant Lansing cannot make a difference without all of your support and generous donations for the presentations. What made the night even most special was the fact that we crowd-funded the largest SoupGrant #LanSoup has ever had! Congratulations to Jonathan and his team from Cuts and Convos for taking home $260! Keep up the great work. We appreciate all that you do and cannot wait to see the positive change you continue to bring to the Greater Lansing area.

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July 16th SoupGrant Lansing!

Update coming soon!

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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.

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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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