Anyone who has attended a SOUP event describes getting a warm fuzzy feeling. It’s that warm fuzzy feeling you get anytime you volunteer, give you time and money, and help fund a worthwhile project that impacts Columbus. What if there was a way you could carry that warm fuzzy feeling around with you long after a SOUP event is over?
We’re pleased to collaborate with Outfit Good, Columbus’ only t-shirt printing company dedicated to giving back to the community. In their own words, “We believe businesses have the responsibility to contribute to their communities”. We’ve designed a brand new SOUP t-shirt that is not only warm and fuzzy, but should give you the warm fuzzies just from wearing it. For every shirt sold, $10 will be donated to a local charity. Each member of SOUP has picked a charity that is dear to them. In true Columbus SOUP fashion we’re letting you choose the charity by voting below.
Bryant – Kaleidoscope
Growing up is tough; growing up LGBT can be overwhelming. Teens from this community face a host of issues–bullying, suicide, homelessness–and places like Kaleidoscope provide a safe space and a wealth of available resources. Many of these youth have been abandoned by their families, and I think they deserve all the love we can muster up, especially during the holiday season. Please join me and vote for Kaleidoscope, where we’ll give money to LGBT youth to help keep this special time of year… special.
Liz – Heinzerling Foundation
The Heinzerling Foundation serves what is probably the most ignored subset of the population; the profoundly disabled. The Heinzerling Foundation provides a home, 24 hour care, and the opportunity to gain important life skills for over 208 children and adults. Many of the residents at Heinzerling do not have known family members and many have no visitors at all. If Columbus SOUP could donate the money from our Outfit/Good campaign to The Heinzerling Foundation, it would go a long way to making the holidays special for these special kids who are waiting for Santa to bring them gifts on Christmas.
Keith – Local Matters
More than 500,000 Ohioans live in an area that lacks access to a full-service grocer. Our city isn’t immune, Columbus neighborhoods like Franklinton and Linden are classified as food deserts, areas with no access to good quality fresh food. Our neighbors in these communities often rely on small corner markets that lack fresh fruits or vegetables or fast food restaurants for their daily meals. Local Matters works to educate people on how to grow and cook food, along with basic nutrition. They also are a leading force in creating access to fresh and local foods within our city’s food deserts by bringing strategic partners together to create lasting change.
Tara – Capital Area Humane Society
My charity of choice for the proceeds from sales of t-shirts from SOUP is the Capital Area Humane Society. Capital Area is a not-for-profit organization (not a government agency) that relies entirely on donations and proceeds from adoptions to function. We generally tend to think of other people during the winter holiday months, and rightfully so, but it’s also great to remember lost, stray, and abandoned animals and pets during the upcoming cold months as well.
Lisa – Dress for Success
Women already face many challenges in the workplace without the added stress of being financially insecure. Dress for Success Columbus helps to promote a more economically independent woman by providing, “professional attire, a network of support, and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life”.
Joe – Volunteers of America: Adopt a Family
One of the biggest problems in our community is homelessness. Every family, especially the children, deserve at least one time a year to smile. The Adopt a Family program focuses on families who are homeless or at-risk of being homeless and struggling to make ends meet. By adopting a family, you are giving hope for the holidays. Let’s make the holidays better for one local family and adopt a family through Volunteers of America.