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Join us at The Runway for our August SoupGrant!

It’s our birthday (we’re four years old!) and this year we’re celebrating in style. Our next SoupGrant is on August 17, and it’s NOT at our usual location! Instead, we’ll be at The Runway in downtown Lansing.

Win a prize!

Because it’s our birthday, we’re doing something special. We’re giving away two prizes based on one of the following criteria:

  1. Make a statement. Wear some wild colors, add some unusual flair, put on that ugly sweater, or dress up in your evening finest. Whatever you do, be bold!
  2. Bring a dessert and the recipe. We’re all about sharing and spreading the love, so what better way to celebrate than with desserts to pass around?

Pick one for a chance to win, or do both and double your chances!

About our presenters

We’re bringing back three presenters from the past year to help us celebrate and one will also win the night’s soup grant.

DreamWorld Studios provides underserved youth with professional instruction in fine and performing arts. They reach out to the community with fine arts college prep, open mic night fundraisers, and even morning dance parties!

Greater Michigan MDA researches cures for muscular dystrophy, ALS, and related diseases, cares for those affected, and offers support and services to families across greater Michigan.

Tri-County Office on Aging connects people who need help to service providers, volunteers, donors, businesses and governments throughout Eaton, Clinton and Ingham Counties. Many of their services are provided at little or no cost.

August 17 – The Runway

The Runway
300 S. Washington Sq. Suite 100
Lansing, MI 48933
(Google Map)

$5 at the door gives you a vote for the project of your choice. At the end of the night, the project with the most votes takes home the money as a SoupGrant!

You don’t just get a vote, we also feed you! Prepare yourself for an array of delicious, homemade soups that our soup chef, Terry, has in store for you! (Did we mention the soup is FREE?) There are always vegetarian and vegan options available, too.

Bring a bowl and spoon for soup – and a friend or two!

6:30 – Doors open
7:15 – Proposals
7:45 – Winner announced/SoupGrant awarded

Interested in sharing your community-building idea with us? Apply here!

July’s SoupGrant is at Red Cedar Friends Meeting

Our next SoupGrant is on July 20, and it’s NOT at our usual location! This summer we’re taking SoupGrant on the road and our next event will be at Red Cedar Friends Meeting. Read on for more details.

About our presenters

Kids Repair Program provides positive experiences and educational opportunities in bicycle safety, repair, maintenance, and biking as a healthy exercise for youth in the Tri-County area.

Keys to Creativity is an all volunteer run, non-profit community arts and creative center, located in the Lansing Mall. We are a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization, with two art galleries and a classroom space.

July 20 – Red Cedar Friends Meeting

Red Cedar Friends Meeting
1400 Turner Street
Lansing, MI 48906
(Google Map)

$5 at the door gives you a vote for the project of your choice. At the end of the night, the project with the most votes takes home the money as a SoupGrant!

You don’t just get a vote, we also feed you! Prepare yourself for an array of delicious, homemade soups that our soup chef, Terry, has in store for you! (Did we mention the soup is FREE?) There are always vegetarian and vegan options available, too.

Our next SoupGrant is on July 20 (the 3rd Thursday of the month). Bring a bowl and spoon for soup – and a friend or two!

6:30 – Doors open
7:15 – Proposals
7:45 – Winner announced/SoupGrant awarded

Interested in sharing your community-building idea with us? Apply here!

SoupGrant Summer Series

Our next SoupGrant is on June 15, and it’s NOT at our usual location! This summer we’re taking SoupGrant on the road. For the next three months, SoupGrant Lansing will be hosted at different locations to make our microgrant fundraiser more accessible to people and projects around Lansing.

About our presenters

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Greater Michigan MDA Summer Camp is a magical weeklong camp for children ages 6 – 17, who have been diagnosed with one of the
43 neuromuscular diseases that MDA treats and researches. There is no fee to attend MDA Summer Camp. Whether on the beach, where plywood is laid and ramps have been built, or at the petting zoo, or bonfire pit– camp offers a fun and safe outdoor experience. Accessible activities range from swimming, boating, adaptive sports, tree climbing, and horseback riding, to less physically demanding programs like arts and crafts, talent shows and casino night.

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The Capital Region Habitat Young Professionals (HYP) aims to teach building and construction skills to children in our community. Through workshop experiences, elementary-aged children will benefit from an interactive environment that allows them to broaden their knowledge base through problem solving, imagination, self-expression,
and social and emotional growth.

June 15 – Delta Township Library

Delta Township District Library
5130 Davenport Drive
Lansing, MI 48917
(Google Map)

$5 at the door gives you a vote for the project of your choice. At the end of the night, the project with the most votes takes home the money as a SoupGrant!

You don’t just get a vote, we also feed you! Prepare yourself for an array of delicious, homemade soups that our soup chef, Terry, has in store for you! (Did we mention the soup is FREE?) There are always vegetarian and vegan options available, too.

Our next SoupGrant is on July 20 (the 3rd Thursday of the month). Bring a bowl and spoon for soup – and a friend or two!

6:30 – Doors open
7:15 – Proposals
7:45 – Winner announced/SoupGrant awarded

Interested in sharing your community-building idea with us? Apply here!

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!

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

Lansing Track Club

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.

Congratulations to the Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center!

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After a close race, the Ingham County Animal Control Outreach Center received a $185 SoupGrant to help expand their pet food bank program! This month’s dollars will go toward new shelving for the nonprofit, allowing them to better care for their clients and broaden their outreach to new ones. The Outreach Center is always seeking volunteers and donations; if you would like to learn more or find ways to get involved, check out their website and Facebook page!

Break the Chain, our March and April runner-up, illuminated an underreported cause and answered numerous questions from our attendees. The nonprofit documentary team still needs to raise money for their upcoming premiere! If you would like to donate or learn more about the cause, you can visit their website at breakthechainfilm.com, or like them on Facebook for regular updates.

Both competitors gave moving and informative presentations, making the choice a difficult one, but we thrive on this kind of action and debate! If you have an idea that would spark discussion and change in greater Lansing, fill out our application for a chance at your own SoupGrant. We look forward to hearing two more great presenters at our next event on May 19th, and we hope to see you there!

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.

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!