Toledo SOUP to award funds to local project this SundayWritten by Matt Liasse | | email@example.com
Three local groups will have a chance to fund small projects at this weekend’s Toledo SOUP.
The goal of the event is to fund projects with a positive impact on the community. Attendees will drop $5 in a basket, be served soup made by local chefs, listen to proposals and vote on their favorite. The project with the most votes will receive the basket of contributions.
“It’s kind of a live, local version of Kickstarter,” said Ryan Bunch, performing and literary arts coordinator for The Arts Commission and one of the event’s organizers.
A panel of local business leaders and potential investors narrowed down entries to the three presenting at the event: Children’s Theatre Workshop, Toledo Streets newspaper and Soul City Boxing and Wrestling. Each organization will give a five-minute presentation.
The Children’s Theatre Workshop will be seeking funding for the upcoming production of “The Locker Next 2 Mine,” a play that tackles the topic of suicide among youth.
The Toledo Streets newspaper is seeking funding for vender supplies and office needs. Vendors are homeless or recently homeless men and women who buy the newspapers and sell them at a profit; the office space is new.
Soul City Boxing and Wrestling, an anti-gang violence gym, is seeking funding to buy two new computers for its after-school tutoring program.
“There aren’t a lot of small-dollar grants opportunities in Toledo; SOUP helps to kind of fill that void,” Bunch said.
Bunch said the event, which will be Halloween-themed this time, promotes the spirit of community. The event is run by volunteers and occurs every three to six months.
Toledo SOUP will be at Handmade Toledo, 1717 Adams St., from 5-9 p.m. Oct. 26.
For more information, visit toledosoup.com.