First SOUP Event Wrap Up!
We were overwhelmed at the response Columbus had to this new way of giving. Over 100 people attended the event and our hosts graciously offered to give 10% of beverage sales to the night’s winning project! Here’s the summary:
June 9th SOUP Projects
Our winning project received $847 (consisting of 100% of the night’s collection + $125 donation from Brothers Drake
Neighborhood Services, Inc collects school supplies and distributes them to children in kindergarten through grade 12 in the 43201, 43202, and 432110 area codes. All three of these zip codes are in low income, higher crime areas that are on the edges of a wide food desert as described by the feedingamerica.org website. We are a food pantry that was started in 1965 by churches in the OSU area to meet the growing needs of their neighbors.
Our 2nd place project received $134 (consisting of donations collected for raffle tickets). We congratulate:
5th Annual Stop the Violence: Columbus Summer Jam ‘The Family Cookout’ is designed to be a free, educational fun day for the community and residents of the greater Linden and Central Ohio Communities. The event is a 2 day event scheduled for June 21, 22, 3013. The Summer Jam will be held at Linden Recreation Center. BABT is a 501 c 3 certified non-profit agency that focuses on health & wellness, financial wellness, entrepreneur, mentoring and legacy building programming. BABT has be serving the Greater Linden Community and surrounding communities since 2007 and served over 1000 residents throughout the Columbus Metro.
Our other presented projects:
Local Music Shelf is a grassroots music distribution that helps local music connect with local business. The project is simple: Bands, Songwriters, and Musicians sell CDs on artisan crafted shelves at retail stores, coffee shops, and restaurants around Columbus. If successful, the distribution will simulate a live performance phenomenon at non-traditional venues, amplifying arts culture in Columbus through this grassroots music movement.
Fireman’s Flower Garden—Rosemary Foster-Munnerlyn
I purchased an abandoned two family building next to the Old Linden Fire Station located at 1567 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, Ohio, 43211 on November 30, 2012 for the sole purpose of demolishing an eye sore in the community and creating a flower-green spot. The property had been vacant for many years and was a hub for unwanted or illegal activity. I privately purchased the building from the owner and allowed the Columbus Fire Department to utilize it for training prior to having a licensed contractor demolish the building on April 24, 2013. I am currently in year one of turning the 5000 square foot site into the Fireman’s Flower Garden. The Fireman’s Garden will be an ongoing community beautification site. Maintenance of the flowers and upkeep of the grounds will be provided in future years.
2013-2014 Dance Mentorship Program—Mariah Layne French & Xclaim Dance
Xclaim is a Professional Contemporary Dance Ensemble that uses performance as a vehicle of expression, bringing art and vitality to the forefront of popular culture, through the creation of meaningful innovative dance and effective community outreach. Xclaim outreach facilitates mentorship relationships with positive role models who are professional dancers. For the 2013-2014 Season our plans include a more integrated mentorship program, a collaborative effort between central Ohio agencies, Xclaim, and passionate company dancer-mentors. It will continue the symbiotic relationships Xclaim has established with Mayor Coleman’s community based heath and safety initiative Neighborhood Pride (NP) and Short Stop Youth Center (providing in-kind studio space) to enrich the lives of students through workshops, mentorship and dance performance. Xclaim’s 10-12 company dancer-mentors aim to instill self-discipline, self-esteem and an appreciation for the art of dance through faithfully relating to and encouraging middle school aged participants.
We have a for-profit business called The Local Gardener LLC and a non-profit co-op called The Local Gardener Limited. The two entities work hand in hand to involve community organizations with one another, and to provide lush at-home vegetable gardens for residents of the central Ohio area. From teaching classes on composting, seed collecting, preservation and starting seeds indoors to building a garden from the ground up, quickly and with ease with our team of expert gardeners, we do it all. Our clients are always welcome and encouraged to help through-out the process, get their hands dirty and learn thru hands on classes, in the garden. Currently our non-profit manages 5 community gardens in columbus for free which provides upwards of 50 people with fresh vegetables, herbs, soil and a worth while hobby for at least 8 months in the year. Check out the local Gardeners website at www.TheLocalGardenerOHIO.com to learn more about our community involvement.