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Come meet our September presenters!

Fall is here, and we’re getting ready to kick off our fourth season here at SoupGrant! We can’t wait to meet our presenters on Thursday, but before we hear from them, here’s a brief intro to their work in the Lansing community.

Young Entrepreneurs Academy

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Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) is an after-school program whose aim is to transform local high school students into real, confident entrepreneurs. Students generate ideas, conduct research, write plans, and pitch to investors to launch their own companies. If YEA! wins this month’s grant, they’ll put the funds toward student registration fees. For more info on YEA!, check out their website.

Lettuce Live Well

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We heard from Lettuce Live Well in June, and they’re back to compete again. Lettuce believes that nutrition education should be free and accessible for all people. They run guided supermarket tours and one-on-on nutrition coaching to make Lansing a healthier city. This month’s grant would help Lettuce fund their grocery store tours and give resources directly back to the community. To learn more about Lettuce Live Well, visit their site here.

We look forward to seeing you this Thursday at 6:30! Don’t forget your bowl and spoon!

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It’s Our Birthday!

Three years ago, SoupGrant Lansing opened its doors for the first time. Over the years, we’ve connected countless community members and helped over thirty Lansing organizations reach their goals. This Thursday, we’re celebrating our birthday with a special reunion Soup!

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Come out and join us as we welcome back Lansing Track Club, Gateway’s TRUE Project and Helping Women Period. As usual, there will be tons of soup for all tastes – and birthday cake! Bring your friends and family for a great meal and great ideas.

To learn about this month’s presenters, click here.

Meet Our August Presenters!

This month, we’ll be hearing presentations from three of our past favorites: Lansing Track Club, Gateway’s TRUE Project, and Helping Women Period. Here’s a little more information about each of them.

Lansing Track Club

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Lansing Area Track Club is a nonprofit that offers sports to families in south Lansing. They aim to reach families with single parents, multiple children, or low incomes, and offer their kids an inexpensive extracurricular that gets them up and moving. If Lansing Track Club wins this month’s grant, they will put the money toward new uniforms, track equipment, and transportation assistance for working parents. For more information, visit the Track Club’s Facebook page.

TRUE

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TRUE is an LGBTQ teen support group that meets weekly in Lansing. They provide positive social connections for youth who may feel alienated at school or home. Some current group activities include therapeutic art projects, education about sexual health and other LGBTQ issues, and trips to community events. This month’s grant would help TRUE coordinate group events and continue serving Lansing’s youth. For more information on TRUE, check out their Facebook page here.

Helping Women Period

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Helping Women Period is a nonprofit that partners with charities to provide pads and tampons for low income and homeless women. WIC, SNAP, and other government assistance programs do not provide feminine products. Helping Women Period’s mission is to fulfill that basic need for every woman, regardless of income. If they won the August grant, they would use the funds to purchase products for distribution. For more info, visit their website.

Meet our June SoupGrant Presenters!

Lettuce Live Well

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Lettuce Live Well is a nonprofit established on the principle that nutrition education should be free for everyone. The organization offers free, 90-minute guided grocery store tours led by nutritional coaches, during which participants are given information on shopping for health and affordability. The founders of Lettuce Live Well hope to foster a healthier community by teaching Lansing residents that eating healthfully can be both easy and wallet-friendly. If they were to win this month’s SoupGrant, Lettuce Live Well would return the funds to their participants. The money would be used to purchase reusable grocery bags, recipe and information booklets, and $10 gift cards to the participating grocery store. To learn more about Lettuce Live Well, visit their website.

Lansing Track Club

Lansing Track Club

The Lansing Area Track club is a nonprofit organization that offers sports to families in south Lansing. Their hope is to reach those who are single parents, have multiple children, or simply cannot afford to allow their children to participate in sports, and make those activities accessible to them. Through participation in the Lansing Track Club, kids learn the importance of team-building and physical activity in a safe, fun environment. If the Lansing Track Club is awarded the June grant, they will put the money toward team uniforms and transportation assistance for working parents. For more information on the Track Club, you can visit their Facebook page here.

Next #SoupGrant June 19

Join us Thursday, June 19 for our next SoupGrant!

As always, we meet at Grace Lutheran ELCA at 6.30 to share a delicious, home-made soup meal, hear ideas from around the Lansing community in our SoupGrant contest, make new friends, and catch up with old ones.

Our soups this week:

  • Crushed lentil (Made with chicken stock)
  • Veggie minestrone (Vegetarian)
  • Sweet parsnip (Vegetarian)
  • Shilton (Vegetarian)

Don’t forget to bring along a bowl, a spoon, and your appetite! Presentations begin shortly after 7 and voting takes place around 7.30.

We’ll be featuring Terra and the Food Systems Project which has been helping educate Lansing youth (grades 5-12) since 2005 on raising gardens. The program provides nutrition classes to over 1000 students a year!

We’ll also be hearing an update from past winner, Aliza, and her little free libraries project!

We collect a $5 donation at the door. This money goes to fund our SoupGrant that will be awarded at the end of the night to the community-based project with the most votes. Your donation gets you a vote!

We’re excited to see you! Please let us know if you’ll be coming on our Facebook pageIf you would like more info, check out some of the essential info on what we do and what we’re about. If you are interested in presenting a community-based project in our SoupGrant competition, check out past winners who have competed and the application page. We still have room for presenters, but hurry! It’s less than a week away!

This month’s winner will also be eligible to compete in our Birthday Soup in August when SoupGrant celebrates turning 1!

UPDATED 6/19/14

D.A.N.C.E. wins April SoupGrant!

We would like to extend our congratulations to D.A.N.C.E. on winning $85 this past Thursday at SoupGrant!

D.A.N.C.E. is a non-profit committed to improving the lives of kids from 3-18 through the power of performing arts. ChaDorea Robinson, the founder of D.A.N.C.E., recently told us all about their work here in Lansing.

“Our goal is to provide affordable high quality arts training to youth from all socio-economic groups.”

Their S.T.A.R.S. – Students Taking Active Roles in Society – have high expectations held for them by the folks at D.A.N.C.E., but all within a fun, family-like atmosphere.

D.A.N.C.E. has been serving the Lansing community since 2007.

“We have never turned a child down due to the financial status of the family.”

In 2009, organizers recognized the need for pre-professional performance opportunities and S.T.A.R.S. Dance Company (SDC) was born.

D.A.N.C.E. is heavily invested in their participants in more ways than one.

“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.”

ChaDorea says that she saw a need for this sort of program while she was attending MSU.

“I realized that there were a lot of youth that were very talented 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 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.”

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SoupGrant Lansing Needs Your Help!

So, we’ve got all these great posters from our logo makeover contest and a whole city to cover.

Can you put up one in your favorite coffee shop? At your bus stop? On your worship community’s bulletin?

Send us an e-mail or leave a comment if you would like a poster! We’ve got plenty to go around so let’s spread the word!

Our next SoupGrant is April 24! See you there!

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