Presenter Profile 1 of 4: 419Tales

It’s time to learn a little bit about the people/organizations who will be presenting at this Sunday’s event! First up is ‪#‎419tales‬.

419tales (Silke Goudos) – 419tales will be a bi-monthly podcast dedicated to collecting and archiving stories about life in Toledo.

Guodos is in the beginning stages of developing this podcast and the website is hosted at She hopes 419tales will foster pride in Toledo and increase historical literacy.

If 419tales is selected to receive the SOUP microgrant, Guodos will use the funds to purchase technology needed to run the podcast, including an audio mixer, dynamic microphones, headphones, music studio software and an external hard drive for back-up storage.

Raffle Sneak Peak

Want a sneak preview of the raffle that we’ll have this Sunday? (We kind of wish we could win because it’s *insane* and, well, you’ll want to bring some extra money. Trust us.)

The value of the total donated items is more than $700. Stop. Let it sink in. More. Than. $700. And we’re still picking up a few items.

Like to eat? The gift-card value for various local restaurants is a few hundred dollars. Like tattoos? We’ve got that. How about wine and T-shirts? Spray to clean your yoga mat? Yeah. We got that. (AND THAT’S NOT EVEN EVERYTHING!)

We’ll post a picture of the loot, and a detailed break-down of what’s up for grabs, before Sunday.

Tickets will be on sale at SOUP, $5 each or five for $20. You guys. We are so excited that we can’t even stand it. (And don’t forget that we always have the bake sale! Proceeds from the raffle and baked goods go DIRECTLY into the winner’s pot.) heart emoticon

6 Days Away

Who is coming to SOUP on Sunday?! *raises hand*
Make sure you RSVP on our event page. Can’t wait to see your beautiful faces.

Previous Winner Update – Soul City

Remember Soul City, the fall SOUP winner? They have a beautiful new Web site and a short video that is both empowering and emotional. The kind of thing that will really get you going on a cold Monday morning.
Roshawn Jones, who owns the gym with his father and is a coach, will be at SOUP on March 8 to give us all an update on how they spent their winnings and what’s happening with the gym.

Presenters for Event #7 on 3/8/15

*sounds trumpet*
Attention, attention! The SOUP judges have spoken and have decided on *four* presenters to compete for your vote at the March 8 SOUP. In just a few short weeks, with bowls of delicious soup before you, you will meet:
– Silke Goudos of 419 Tales
– Gretchen DeBacker of Sisters in Law
– Dee Brown of Delightful Art with Dee
– Sandy Sieben of Toledo Youth Pages

SOUP starts at 5 p.m. and will be hosted at Toledo School for the Arts. Costs $5 to get in and all of that money goes directly into the winner’s pot. We will also have an *awesome* raffle (so you’ll want some extra moolah for that) and, as always, delicious baked goods for sale. All of that money goes directly to the winner, too.

We are so excited to see your beautiful faces, eat delicious soup, and learn about some great programs happening here at home. ‪#‎youwilldobetterintoledo‬

Presenter Announcement Soon

Hello, friends! Thanks for your patience on finding out who our presenters will be March 8. Our judges are still reviewing proposals, but we should have some news for you soon!
*high-fives for everyone*

Thank you for your submissions!

At this time, proposal submissions for Toledo SOUP’s March 8 event are closed. Presenters will be notified within the next few weeks. Check back for updates, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to stay in-the-know!



Proposal Workshop Tomorrow


Want to propose an idea but don’t know where to start?
Here’s your chance to ask.

Join us tomorrow at the Attic on Adams where SOUP committee members will be present to answer questions, give advice, and/or give you that extra boost of confidence to submit. The proposal due date (2/1) is only a few days away!

First timers, let us show you how simple it is to apply to win upwards of $1000 for your local project!

Past submitters, try again! We can give you direction on how to strengthen your previous proposal.

This event is free and submitting is free. We’re not leaving any room for excuses. Let’s do this!

Who’s eligible to apply?
Activists, Artists, Crafters, Community Members, Doers, Entrepreneurs, Educators, Event Planners, Makers, Players, Problem Solvers, Small Business Owners, Upstarts & More!

October Event Stats, Next Event Info, Proposal Deadline and Upcoming Workshop

You caught us… we’re guilty for not updating our website as we should the past few months. But don’t fret! We are back, working hard, and not going anywhere.

We’re also super excited because we have a bunch updates to share!

Thank you so much for those of you who were able to attend the October SOUP event. We had our most successful SOUP yet, raising $1,278 for Soul City Boxing and Wrestling!

Our next SOUP event will be March 8th and we would love to see you there! Since we will be getting closer to St. Patty’s Day, we’re calling this one “Pot O’ Soup at the End of the Rainbow.” Roshawn Jones of the Soul City Gym will be in house to give us an update and you’ll have another opportunity to help fund a local initiative that will improve our community. How great is that? AND, of course, we’ll have plenty of tasty soup (made by three amazing local chefs) – a perfect counter to this frosty weather.

Have a great idea or project of your own? There is still time to submit a proposal for our next SOUP! The deadline for submissions is February 1st. Don’t miss out by submitting here.

The deadline is quickly approaching and we want to help make sure you’re ready! Join us for a Proposal Workshop 6pm, January 27 at the Attic on Adams where SOUP committee members will be present to answer questions, give advice, and/or give you that extra boost of confidence to submit. First timers, let us show you how simple it is to apply to win upwards of $1000 for your local project! Past submitters, try again! We can give you direction on how to strengthen your previous proposal.

Not going to submit a proposal but would like to help Toledo SOUP? We are always looking for help. Volunteer your time – let us know if you would like to help us with the upcoming event. Or if you have a local business, we’d love a donation to our raffle, which helps increase the winner’s pot. Sneak peak: soon we’ll be announcing sponsorship opportunities, too! Anyone interested can reach out to the SOUP committee through our email, our website, or on Facebook.

Also, listen to 1370 WSPD Friday 1/23 @ 7:30am to hear our committee member Kelly Thompson talk to Fred LeFebvre about SOUP!

Thank you for your interest in this group and our community. We appreciate every one of you! Hope to see you March 8th. (and maybe sooner???)

Event Update: Spooky SOUP – October 26, 5pm

Our third-party panel of judges have selected *four* presenters for Sunday. They are:

1) CHILDREN’S THEATRE WORKSHOP; the group is seeking funding for their production of “The Locker Next 2 Mine,” a play that aims to open discussion, especially among youth, about suicide. Their Web site:

2) TOLEDO STREETS; the newspaper is seeking funding for vendor supplies and office needs. The vendors are homeless, or recently homeless, men and women; the office space is new. Their Web site:

3) SOUL CITY BOXING & WRESTLING; the anti-gang violence boxing and wrestling gym is seeking funding to purchase two computers to enhance its after-school tutoring program. Their Facebook page:

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Sunday! Don’t forget to wear a costume (Best one wins a prize!)

Event takes place at 1717 Adams Street, Toledo, OH 43604

Toledo SOUP exists to fund community-minded projects, ideas and businesses with microgrants. Our next event will feature several presentations from people in YOUR city who want to make a difference.

How SOUP works:
1. Put $5 in a basket.
2. Eat soup.
3. Listen to proposals while you eat soup.
4. Vote on the proposals you listened to while eating soup.
5. Top vote-getter leaves with everyone’s $5 contribution to the basket.

Costumes are great, to go along with our Halloween theme!