The days are getting shorter, the leaves are changing, and our wardrobe consists of bulky sweaters and scarves. Some people may be carrying around red cups, but we’re carrying green spoons. That means one thing: Fall SOUP is here!
Sunday, November 15, we’ll gather once more to celebrate the thriving philanthropic spirit of Columbus by gathering at The Vue in the Brewery District. This will mark our second event at The Vue and our first time with the theme Social Entrepreneurship. Narrowing down our list of presenters for Fall SOUP was no easy task–our unique theme opened the door to equally unique applicants. After much deliberation we are pleased to announce the following groups will be presenting and asking for your help to fund their projects:
Thomas Adams started Abe’s Kitchen thanks to GiveBackHack in April of this year. The food truck seeks to provide healthy and affordable meals to areas experiencing food insecurity (households that have limited or no access to adequate food). In September, Abe’s Kitchen parked their truck in the North Linden neighborhood and served 625 meals to families in the area. The meals were priced similar to a fast food dollar menu, but were considerably healthier and had fresher options. At SOUP Abe’s Kitchen will be asking you to help expand their menu and service area for 2016.
MPACC (Movement Pursuing Arts, Commerce, & Community)
The Maroon Arts Group (MAG) is a collective of creatives who have galvanized to develop and provide a platform for conscious art centered around the preservation and promotion of cultures of African descent. MAG operates out of the King Lincoln District, a once thriving art community east of Downtown, and already hosts a monthly spoken word event. MPACC is an innovative endeavor that supports local artists of all genres, engages the community at large, and brings a wealth of social and economic commerce to the King-Lincoln District with a proposed unique gallery space that will draw in tourism to the area. During Fall SOUP, MAG will be asking for funds to purchase shipping containers that will be used as the gallery space.
Wild Goose Creative (WGC) is a nonprofit community arts organization that provides space, education, and resources to any artist in central Ohio. Located in the SoHud area between Campus and Clintonville, the WGC building is home to numerous monthly community events as well as quarterly and annual events. WGC is seeking to upgrade their facilities, thus providing a better rental space at an affordable price for people in the community seeking to host that in turn benefit Columbus.
Tiny Acres is a new business made up of three emerging groups: The Columbus Growing Collective, Hapi, and Civic Hacks. Previously known as Conterra Farms, Tiny Acres has been perfecting the technology and design of a converted shipping container to produce food year-round–helping to address the shortage of fresh, local food in Central Ohio. If funded at SOUP, Tiny Acres will install solar panels, a battery bank, and other essential technology that will help them operate their pod in a carbon neutral fashion.
Launched in September, the Bike Design Project provides specially designed bikes to children with disabilities. With your help, Ohio State students will design a single bike to meet the needs of a specific child. In addition to specially designed bicycles, ECOS will repair remaining donated bicycles to give to children in the community who otherwise might not have financial access to bicycles.
We’ve saved the best information for last. Thanks to Lucky’s Market and their Bags for Change program funding our operating costs, we have been able to boost our grant for Fall SOUP by $1000. That’s thanks to our Whole Foods Grant Booster as well as a generous presenting sponsorship from CleanTurn.
CleanTurn is a service based social enterprise providing interior demolition and trash removal, lawn, and general labor services to the residential and commercial markets. They employ those who have had significant challenges in their past such as prior substance abuse, incarceration, homelessness, human trafficking and domestic violence. Three hundred opportunities have been created thanks to their efforts. CleanTurn is working with SOUP because together we are working towards cultivating authentic community and transforming the ecosystem where social innovation and enterprise can thrive.