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Lansing Soccer Club Wins December SoupGrant

Nothing says “it’s the holiday season” like a room full of friends gathered together to share a meal!

We would like to send a big thank you to our Soup Family across Lansing who joined us for a great SoupGrant on December 18. The basement was packed! Normally people start trickling in when the doors open around 6.30. This month we had a line at the door at 6.30 to hear from our two presenters: Cuts and Convos and Lansing Soccer Club.

Bruce from Lansing Soccer Club
Bruce from Lansing Soccer Club

Bruce shared a little about Lansing Soccer Club and their work in the city of Lansing providing “high quality soccer for Lansing’s under-served youth at the lowest cost possible.” LSC endeavors to make soccer accessible to kids through providing scholarships. Working with limited resources, LSC came to us seeking money to repair fields in need of maintenance work.

We also had Jonathan from Cuts and Convos present this brand new, truly unique organization. Cuts and Convos serves some of the most vulnerable and most in-need in the Lansing community by providing haircuts to homeless folks. As Jonathan says, “When you look good, you feel good.” But it’s more than just a haircut. As a law student, Jonathan also looks to disseminate legal advice on topics such as interacting with the police and housing.

Jonathan talking about Cuts and Convos
Jonathan talking about Cuts and Convos

SoupGrant looks to foster relationships throughout the community and we can’t tell you how excited we were to have an up-and-coming organization like Cuts and Convos join us. We had two or three folks raise their hand during Jonathan’s presentation to let him know about different resources and organizations in Lansing that might be interested in partnering with him.

This is really the heart of SoupGrant. Even though Jonathan and Cuts and Convos didn’t win the final vote (by a mere three votes!), you, our Soup Family, helped connect him with other great folks in Lansing.

We are excited to have Cuts and Convos join us again in January where they will face off with Origami, another great group out of Mason that we’ll be featuring on here next week!

Finally, hats off to Lansing Soccer Club on taking home our second largest SoupGrant ever! You helped us raise $220 to purchase equipment and supplies to repair their fields such as grass seed, soil, sand, paint, and tools. The work will all be done by volunteers. We love LSC’s work bringing together folks from across the city in the name of sport. We’re very excited about what you’ll be able to do with this money and hope to continue supporting this fine work in the future!

See you January 15 for our next SoupGrant!

Stay awesome, Lansing.

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Cuts and Convos

At long last, we are happy to unveil our second contestant in this month’s SoupGrant, Cuts and Convos. While you’ll get to hear a lot more from Jonathan next week about this project, here’s a little sneak preview.

Tell us a little about Cuts and Convos.

We go to the homeless shelter and provide hair cutting services. While we are there, we leverage the fact that cutting hair creates a captive audience that will allow us to disseminate health, spiritual, and legal information and advice. The vision is to not only do this for homeless people but for all types of indigent Lansing residents.

If you win SoupGrant, how will you use the money?

We need $400 to pay for the 501(c)3 application

Cuts and ConvosHow is this going to benefit Lansing?

Cuts and Convos does three things:

1. When you look good, you feel good. Everyone knows that is true. There are very few populations that need to feel good more than our city’s homeless population. We make them feel God.

2. Our goal is to help transition people out of homelessness. A crucial component in doing that is helping homeless people become gainfully employed. Being clean cut and clean shaven is a key requisite to the interview process in order to become gainfully employed, we help with that

3. We leverage the time in which the person getting a haircut, and those waiting for a haircut are a captive audience to speak to the homeless men about important health, spiritual, and legal information that will be essential to them.

To hear more about Cuts and Convos and our other presentation on Lansing Soccer Club, join us December 18 at 6.30 for SoupGrant! A $5 donation gets you a vote to support the project of your choice. Whichever one is the runner-up will automatically be offered a place in our January SoupGrant.

While you hear about these great community projects, enjoy homemade soup and bread! Chef Terry and friends always serve up a delicious buffet for us full of healthy options – including many vegetarian and vegan options.

When? Dec 18. Doors – 6.30. Presentations – 7.15. Winner announced – 7.45.
Where? Grace Lutheran ELCA. 528 N MLK Blvd. (Near Sparrow’s St. Lawrence campus.)
How much? $5 for a vote. Soup is free.
Why? To support #LoveLansing. Don’t forget to bring a bowl, a spoon, and a friend!

Lansing Soccer Club

Our Dec. SoupGrant is fast approaching and we hope that you’re making plans to attend. If so, please RSVP on the Facebook page! It helps us know how many people to count on and it’s the fastest way we have of sharing the latest event info with you.

This month’s first presentation comes to us from the Lansing Soccer Club. Here’s a sneak preview of what’s to come Dec. 18 at SoupGrant!

Lansing Soccer Club

Tell us a little about the Lansing Soccer Club.

The Lansing Soccer Club is seeking funding to improve our soccer fields and also to replace outdated and damaged equipment. In the past year, our fields have experienced multiple acts of vandalism that have damaged our fields and equipment and also created a dangerous environment for our teams to practice and play on. The mission of the Lansing Soccer Club is to provide high quality soccer for Lansing’s under-served youth at the lowest cost possible, for this reason the organization cannot afford these repairs without raising our fees or seeking outside funding.

 If you win SoupGrant, how will you use the money? 

Funding will be used to purchase supplies to repair the field surfaces and purchase new equipment. Items we need to purchase include soil, sand, grass seed, paint, and the tools necessary to plant and repair grass. Labor to complete these projects will be provided by volunteers from the club’s membership. Any money provided by SoupGrant will be used along side private donations to complete this project. In the event that the project runs under budget, any leftover funds will be used to provide more scholarships to club members with financial constraints.

Check back on Dec. 12 when we will be announcing our second contestant for this month’s SoupGrant. Want to apply? You have until Dec. 10!

Join us Dec. 18 to hear more from Lansing Soccer Club and our second project that we will be featuring.

When? Dec. 18
Time? Doors at 6.30. Presentations at 7.15. Winner announced at 7.45.
How much? Soup is free; a vote to fund the project of your choice is $5
Where? Grace Lutheran ELCA (528 N MLK near Sparrow’s St Lawrence campus)
What do you need to bring? $5 for a vote; a bowl; spoon; friends

REACH Wins November SoupGrant

Congratulations to Reach Studio Art Center on winning $169 at Soup Grant Lansing last night! We’re looking forward to coming by and seeing the finished place down in REO Town! (And some great art!)

Although Lansing Area AIDS Network didn’t win, we believe in their work and want to support them. LAAN provides comprehensive services throughout the Greater Lansing area, including social outlets and safe forums where folks living with AIDS/HIV can find mutually beneficial support. To that end, we’ll be asking our December SoupGrant attendees to bring in items for their pantry. The most needed items are personal hygiene items – everything from toilet paper to hair care items (for all hair types!), toothbrushes and toothpaste, detergent, etc. We’re hoping to have someone from LAAN back in December so that we can present your donations to them in person! We’re excited to combine our donations with last month’s winner, the FFA Agribusiness Students from Clinton County, who also pledged to hold a drive for personal hygiene and food items this holiday season! There’s some serious power in community, and Lansing is a great one!

Mark your calendars for December 18! We already have the Lansing Soccer Club scheduled to join us. If you would like to be our second presenter, fill out an application! It’s easy and only takes a few minutes! Deadline for application is Dec. 10. We’ll notify our second contender by Dec. 12 and announce it at the same time.

Check out Facebook and Twitter for all the latest on SoupGrant. See you next month! (And don’t forget to bring along a donation for LAAN!)

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Always plenty of delicious food to go around at SoupGrant! (Did we mention that it’s free, homemade, and healthy, too?)

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Winner
Heather with our November winner, Alice from Reach Studio Art Center in REO Town! The $169 that our attendees raised will go to help with art installations at their newly renovated facility on Washington Ave.
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Joel from the SoupGrant team with our November winner, Reach Studio Art Center, represented by Alice.

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LAAN

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Audrey from Lansing Area AIDS Network talking about their work in the region.

LAAN provides comprehensive services throughout the Greater Lansing area, including social outlets and safe forums where folks living with AIDS/HIV can find mutually beneficial support. While LAAN didn’t win our November SoupGrant, we are asking all of our supporters to please bring in items for their food pantry at our December SoupGrant! The most urgently needed items are personal care items: hair products (for all hair types), toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, laundry detergent, etc. Please bring in your items on Dec 18 where we will present them to LAAN!

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Next SoupGrant Nov 20!

Our next SoupGrant is coming up fast! We have two phenomenal presentations headed your way. First, though, here are a couple ways you can help us out as we get ready for our Nov 20 dinner!

  • RSVP – join our Facebook event page! 
  • Want to make soup or another dish to pass? E-mail us at SoupGrantLansing@gmail.com!
  • Have any extra canned goods in your pantry? Bring them in! Our dinners are 100% donation-based. Our Soup Chef Terry makes delicious soup out of some pretty unexpected ingredients!

Now on to the important stuff – this month’s presenters.

First up, the Lansing Area AIDS Network will be joining us again after losing a very close contest in October. 

Here’s a quick word about LAAN:

LAAN was established in 1985 by a group of dedicated volunteers, to meet community needs arising from HIV/AIDS. LAAN dedicated itself to the delivery of services and programs to meet the needs of those living with HIV and AIDS. This included programs to help prevent the further spread of HIV. LAAN also established its purpose: to respond effectively, knowledgeably and compassionately to the challenges brought about by the AIDS pandemic. Since its inception, LAAN has focused on the provision of services to people living with HIV/AIDS and those at greatest risk of infection. The Food Pantry program has been part of the services provided by LAAN since its origins and a program for which the agency is quite proud.

If LAAN wins, how will they use the money?

Any funds secured through the SoupGrant program will be used to assist in providing critically needed personal care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soaps in the Food Pantry. The items can not be purchased with other funding.

Shawn from Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) - she'll be back in November to present again
Shawn from Lansing Area AIDS Network (LAAN) – she’ll be back in November to present again

Our second project is REACH Studio Art Center from REO Town. We’re very excited to welcome them for the first time!

Here’s a little info on REACH:

For the past 10 years, REACH Studio Art Center has been providing free and low-cost after school programs for Lansing youth in the arts. Since its beginnings, enrollment has grown 333%, leaving the 1,100 sq ft building bursting at the seams with supplies, projects, staff and students. With community support, REACH purchased five empty store fronts along S Washington Ave and is in the process of redeveloping the block into an expanded community arts center. Right now, REACH is in a crowd-funding campaign with the potential, if our $48,000 goal is met, to receive a 1:1 match grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

If REACH wins, here are their plans:

The money will be used to complete construction of the Youth Gallery and Courtyard phase of our expansion.

Come by and hear more from them while you enjoy a delicious bowl of homemade soup! Your $5 donation secures a vote for the project of your choice. At the end of the night, the project with the most votes will take home the money we collect as our SoupGrant!

This week’s soups (updated 11/17):

  • Cabbage soup
  • Pumpkin soup

Where? 528 N. MLK (Grace Lutheran ELCA)
How much?
Dinner is free; 1 vote = (suggested) donation of $5
When? Thursday, Nov 20

6.30 – Doors
7.15 – Presentations begin
7.30 – Voting opens
7.45 – Winner announced

Don’t forget. SoupGrant is BYOB – bring your own bowl! 

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Our next SoupGrant is already upon us! It snuck up just as fast as this beautiful, cool fall weather – and you know what goes well with cool fall weather? You guessed it! Soup!

As usual, Soup Master Terry is hard at work making delicious soup for us. This week’s menu includes:

  • Black bean soup (vegan)
  • Carrot coriander
  • Cauliflower chowder
  • Kale orzo soup
  • Mystery soup

Thursday night is also going to be jam-packed with some great presentations.

First, we’re thrilled to have past winner Mid-Mitten Homemade back with us! Danielle, the founder of the group, has been a tremendous friend to us at SoupGrant and is always up to something new and exciting. MMH won our February SoupGrant and we’ve been trying hard to get them back ever since!

Danielle explains Mid-Mitten Homemade at our February SoupGrant.
Danielle explains Mid-Mitten Homemade at our February SoupGrant.

Then we’ve got a great pair of presenters who will be competing for this month’s SoupGrant: the Lansing Area AIDS Network and second year students from an Agricultural Food and Natural Resources program just north of Lansing in Clinton County.

Here’s a quick word about LAAN:

LAAN was established in 1985 by a group of dedicated volunteers, to meet community needs arising from HIV/AIDS. LAAN dedicated itself to the delivery of services and programs to meet the needs of those living with HIV and AIDS. This included programs to help prevent the further spread of HIV. LAAN also established its purpose: to respond effectively, knowledgeably and compassionately to the challenges brought about by the AIDS pandemic. Since its inception, LAAN has focused on the provision of services to people living with HIV/AIDS and those at greatest risk of infection. The Food Pantry program has been part of the services provided by LAAN since its origins and a program for which the agency is quite proud.

If LAAN wins, how will they use the money?

Any funds secured through the SoupGrant program will be used to assist in providing critically needed personal care items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, and soaps in the Food Pantry. The items can not be purchased with other funding.

And here’s some more info about our second presenter, the Agricultural Food and Natural Resources program:

We are the second year students in a Agriculture Food and Natural Resources Program in Clinton County. We joined the second year of the program so that we could learn about Agribusiness and Leadership and participate in an internship experience. We are excited to learn about entrepreneurship through a real experience and we are all striving to strike it rich in this business so that our college is paid for!

If the Agricultural Food and Natural Resources program wins, how will they use the money?

We need some money for start-up costs. Specifically we need money to purchase supplies to add value to the products we already have to sell. We want to make pesto and gourmet cooking oils. We grew our own basil and herbs, but we need money to buy other ingredients (such as olive oil and parmesan cheese) and some equipment such as a food processor.

We are so thrilled to have these two great contestants joining us Thursday night. Come by and hear more from them while you enjoy a delicious bowl of homemade soup! Your $5 donation secures a vote for the project of your choice. At the end of the night, the project with the most votes will take home the money we collect as our SoupGrant!

Where? 528 N. MLK (Grace Lutheran ELCA)
How much?
Dinner is free; 1 vote = (suggested) donation of $5
When? Thursday, October 16

6.30 – Doors
7.15 – Presentations begin
7.30 – Voting opens
7.45 – Winner announced

Don’t forget. SoupGrant is BYOB – bring your own bowl! 

To RSVP and for all the latest info, join our Facebook event page!

SoupGrant. In one awesome video.

A huge thank you to our friends at Narrative Machine for coming up with this video that helps us boil SoupGrant down to share with the community!

Want to help us say thank you? Chip in on our Indiegogo campaign page! Joel, one of our organizers, is running the Detroit Marathon in less than a month and raising $1,000 for SoupGrant in the process!

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

RSVP on Facebook

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.

Grace Lutheran

Feb 20 SoupGrant Winner

We would like to congratulate Mid-Mitten Homemade on winning our February SoupGrant!

With around 40 attendees, we had our largest crowd ever, raising a total of $157 to go towards lawyer fees for Mid-Mitten Homemade as they try to acquire 501c status.

Danielle from Mid-Mitten Homemade
Danielle from Mid-Mitten Homemade

Advent House and Grammies Goodies made it a very close contest. We’re very pleased to announce that Grammies Goodies will be back in March at our next SoupGrant! (And we’re hoping for more goodies, too! They were delicious!)

If you can’t wait that long for more delicious treats, go check out the Bath Township Farmers Market – where you can find Grammies Goodies every Thursday from 3-6. During the winter the market is at the Bath Township Community Center off Park Lake Road.

The SGL team will be meeting this Tuesday to make final decisions on the 10 final contestants in our logo makeover – it’s going to be a tough call! We’ve gotten so many good submissions and we’re excited to share them with you. Be on the lookout. You’ll see them here beginning March 3.

SGL Contest Update

The SoupGrant team will be meeting early next week to decide on our final 10 contenders in the SGL logo/poster makeover!
If your design has been chosen, we’ll contact you and let you know by the middle of next week, so be on the lookout!
Get ready to say goodbye to our old Microsoft Paint logo!
Get ready to say goodbye to our old Microsoft Paint logo!
Beginning March 3rd, we will start posting the final 10 online one at a time leading up to our March SoupGrant dinner.