Windsor SOUP - Making social change in the community

Submitted by Windsor on June 4, 2014 - 12:18pm

Following the success of their first SOUP event in March, Enactus Windsor and Pathway to Potential hosted the second Windsor SOUP–micro-granting dinner program for social change. The mission behind Windsor SOUP is to provide support for creative projects and enhance social activities in the Windsor-Essex community.

Windsor SOUP not only aims to help creative social projects receive funding through a public dinner, but also provides a pathway for individuals to engage within the community and learn about the different projects within Windsor-Essex. With a donation of $5 at the door, attendants received soup, salad, and bread donated by Rino’s Kitchen, and got a chance to vote on a creative project which they felt has the greatest potential and positive impact on the community. Attendants were also welcomed to donate further, ask questions and share their ideas at the event.

The roughly 80 attendees at the second Windsor SOUP heard from four presenters including Amy Pinsonneault, who talked about Forgotten Harvest Canada and their project to relieve poverty and hunger by rescuing surplus, prepared and perishable food and donating it to emergency food providers; the ‘MarketCart’ project by Steve Green, who talked about his project to construct a bike friendly environment to provide fresh, organic food and to travel places farmers’ markets cannot reach; Jason Heung talked about his project Explo.Recipes, an online resource to find and discover new recipes; and Matt Kraus pitched his project for Amherstburg Community Services for the development of a local mural in Amherstburg by local artists. At the end of the event, Forgotten Harvest Canada received the maximum support from voters and won the micro-grant collected through the dinner. The P. & L. Odette Charitable Foundation, matched the collected donation, providing Forgotten Harvest with a total of $780 to be used towards their project. When asked Forgotten Harvest Canada how this project will be benefiting to the Windsor-Essex community, Amy explained that the funding will be used towards the cost of transporting nutritious food from their network of food donors to the 55 social assistance programs and schools in the Windsor-Essex community to help relieve poverty.

Overall the event was a great success and well praised by presenters and attendees who expressed great enthusiasm for the projects and the concept. The unique nature of the event not only stands out from other social events, but also allows people to come together and experience a unique collaboration of non-profit projects within the community.

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