Presenter Profile 2 of 4: Sisters-in-Law

The second organization presenting at Sunday’s SOUP event is Sisters-in-Law (Gretchen DeBacker).

‪#‎SistersInLaw‬ is a group of female volunteer attorneys who provide legal advocacy and mentoring to the moms who are participating in the program at Mom’s House, a non-profit whose missions is to provide at-risk single parents with the tools and resources needed to be effective parents, as well as help them achieve their educational goals.

If selected at the SOUP grant recipients, they will use the money for startup costs, including supplies, copying, postage, etc. Money may also be used to pay for child care expenses when the moms are in the enrichment sessions with the mentors. (Mom’s House has a small and tight budget and cannot absorb these additional payroll costs.) In addition, they plan to use funds to help cover transportation costs to planned outings and/or to pay for provided educational materials at these sessions.

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