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Meet Our Presenters for the March SoupGrant Event!

Break the Chain

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Break the Chain is a documentary film focusing on human trafficking within Michigan. Human trafficking is often viewed as occurring solely on an international level; however, the film was created to draw attention to the prevalence of both labor and sex trafficking on local levels. The Human Trafficking Taskforce, nonprofits, and local shelters will use the film to spread awareness and educate the public about the cause. If Break the Chain won the March SoupGrant, the documentary team would use the money to cover a theater rental to premiere the film, as well as the travel expenses accumulated during shooting. To learn more about Break the Chain, please visit https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/break-the-chain–6#/.

Children’s Hospital Pillow Project

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The Children’s Hospital Pillow Project is a volunteer project that sews homemade positioning pillows for chronically ill and recovering children in Michigan children’s hospitals. Run through the Olivia Kay Foundation, the Pillow Project aims to improve the quality of life for children with severe impairments and illnesses. The pillows created through the project provide joy and comfort to bedridden children while simultaneously accommodating ventilator tubing and providing support. If the Pillow Project won this month’s SoupGrant, the organization would use the money to purchase more fabric and supplies to continue supplying more hospitals on a monthly basis. For more information on the Pillow Project and the Olivia Kay Foundation, please visit http://oliviakayfoundation.org/pillows-for-the-picu-campaign/.

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Presenters Needed for Everybody Eats!

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SoupGrant Lansing is looking for presenters for a special event at the Everybody Eats Conference! This annual event aims to spark conversation about equity, ethics, and sustainability in Lansing’s food systems. On Saturday, March 19th, conference participants will gather at St. Casimir’s School in Lansing to share their efforts in making healthy, fresh, and sustainable food sources accessible to all members of our community. The SoupGrant team is thrilled for this opportunity to engage with our community members and make a positive impact. We are seeking four food-related initiatives to present at the conference. One of these presenters will receive a microgrant to make their project a reality! If you have a proposal that you would like to present at the conference, please fill out our grant application here. The submission deadline is March 10th.

Just like SoupGrant events, anyone is invited to attend. General admission is $20, or $25 at the door. To register and learn more about the conference, go to every-body-eats.weebly.com. We look forward to hearing your ideas and spreading the word about food democracy!

Voiceless-MI Wins February SoupGrant

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Congratulations to Holly Thoms and the volunteers at Voiceless-MI on winning $300 on February 18th – our largest SoupGrant ever! Voiceless-MI will use their grant to continue ensuring that pet ownership and the spaying/neutering procedure are accessible and affordable for everyone in the tricounty area.

We were amazed by the generosity at this month’s event! One charitable SoupGrant attendee gave a full donation to our runner-up, Lansing Women’s Soccer Meetup, and yet another anonymous patron contributed an extra $100 to Voiceless-MI. Thanks to these donors, LWSM will remain free for all community members, and even more pets will be safe, happy, and healthy.

We want to continue expanding our outreach and increasing our impact! If you want to hear next month’s presenters, come join us on March 17th. If you have a proposal that you would like to present, fill out an application here. We look forward to seeing you and building our community together!

Meet Our Presenters for the February SoupGrant Event!

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/

Voiceless-MI

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Voiceless-MI offers a voucher program for low income families who cannot afford to get their pets fixed. The program asks clients what they feel they can afford and then subsidizes the remainder. Since inception in 2009, Voiceless-MI has assisted approximately 4,375 dogs and cats. If Voiceless-MI wins this month’s SoupGrant, they will use the funding to continue their work making sure pet owners can afford spay and neuter surgeries that they wouldn’t be able to afford otherwise. For more info on Voiceless-MI, please visit: http://www.voiceless-mi.org/

 

 

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/

 

 

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

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