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Sloup #48 winner: Project Raise The Roof!

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Big congratulations to the winners of our 48th Sloup, Project Raise The Roof!

This month we chilled off from the heat with a spicy watermelon gazpacho by Gringo and refreshing cool brews by Morgan Street Brewery in STL’s hottest new office space, TechArtista! We also got to hear 4 fantastic proposals (see ‘em all here). Thank you to all involved!

Project Raise The Roof

1. Project Raise The Roof is a non -profit organization, awaiting 501(c)3 status, which promotes community ­based development throughout St. Louis City, with particular emphasis on economically depressed areas of North St. Louis. We seek to give seniors, veterans, ex-­offenders and low ­income families access to the resources they need to thrive and become leaders within their communities.

2. Our goal is to assist economically ­disadvantaged families become self­ sufficient through our programs, including: no credit check, zero interest rent -to-­own opportunities for home ownership, prevention of LRA seizure of occupied properties, tradesmanship/skills development, community gardening options, and basic education in City tax laws, household budgeting, and financial planning.

3. Our funding model is self­-sustaining. “Profits” from properties sold go back into maintenance or stabilization of donated properties and community training programs. We have skilled tradesmen and volunteer laborers ready to work on properties given to us by private donors, particularly one home we plan on donating to a homeless disabled veteran who has already volunteered for our organization in many ways. Funding would be used to clear liens from the City, secure the property while renovations are performed, and acquire materials needed for new electrical, new plumbing, and some roof repair. Through a fiscal sponsorship by “Out of Poverty Into Prosperity Mission” (a 501(c)3 charity), we are still able to offer tax-­deduction receipts to our donors as we await our own tax-­exempt status.

4. PRTR hopes to renew pride and a sense of community within City neighborhoods. Instead of attracting outside developers, we believe the best way to revitalize the St. Louis City economy is to start with those who already have an interest—the citizens themselves. Those in danger of losing their properties due to back taxes can remain in their homes and retain ownership. Low-­income families currently renting have options to become home or business owners, often for the same cost (or less) than their rent. We also offer a labor-­for-­rent exchange so that even those who are unable to afford the entire payment can help work on a neighbor’s home in the program, in exchange for up to one half of their monthly rent-­to-­own payment.

5. Our timeline is immediate. We have begun outreach to promote neighborhood solidarity. Within two months of formation in August 2013, PRTR had attracted five active board members, including two master tradesmen, the interest of local business owners, and we have since accepted 3 property donations in Baden, Benton Park, and O’Fallon neighborhoods, with several more in waiting. Additionally, we are considering partnering with a green energy company to provide solar installation, trades instruction, and potential employment for our clients who are out of work. In October, we will be expanding our board in order to take on the property donations we are unable to accept at this time.

Sloup #48

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Prepare to be amazed this month by a wild Sloup, complete with a spicy soup from Gringo, libations generously provided by Morgan Street Brewery, and your chance to finally check out the happenings over at TechArtista! Everything is happening Sunday, August 24 from 5-7pm.

SUBMIT YOUR IDEA! E-mail a one-page PDF proposal for your creative or community-oriented project to stlsloup@gmail.com by Sunday, August 17th. Questions? Concerns? Dreams? Fears? Let us know! E-mail stlsloup@gmail.com. See you there!

Sloup #47 Winner: SNAP 2 It!

_DSF6135.RAFWe tip our hats to the winners of our 47th Sloup, SNAP 2 It!

This month’s Slouperstars enjoyed awesome corn & saffron chowder from The Mud House and hearty chili from City Diner. Creative Exchange Lab provided the inspirational backdrop. We heard 5 awesome proposals (PDF). Thank you to all involved!

SNAP 2 It! is a project of the St. Louis Farmers’ Market Association and is the first step to establishing a double bucks program for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, aka food stamps) recipients at farmers’ markets in St. Louis. The program makes healthy eating affordable for SNAP recipients, directly benefiting low-income families and local farmers. We hope to raise $5000 to establish the program, all of which will go directly towards matching SNAP dollars.

How Does It Work? SNAP recipients bring their EBT card to the participating farmers’ market booth. Their card is run for any amount they wish and up to $10 per week is matched. For example, if they run $10 on their card, they receive $20 in SNAP tokens to spend at any market booth on SNAP-eligible items. The farmers are then paid by the market from the SNAP funds.

Why do we need SNAP 2 IT!? Since 2010, in Missouri alone, roughly 900,000 individuals per month have received SNAP. Over $1.4 billion each year is spent in Missouri at SNAP eligible retailers, the majority of which do not offer fresh, healthy food. In St. Louis, SNAP retailers include grocery stores, gas stations, convenience stores, and farmers’ markets. Less than 10% of the SNAP retailers are full scale grocery stores, only 2% are farmers’ markets, and over 60% are gas stations and convenience stores. This means that lots of SNAP money in our region is spent at places with little to no healthy food options. SNAP 2 It! will help funnel some of that money to healthier options that also increase our local food economy.

What’s our timeline? We are currently running an Indiegogo campaign that runs through August 15 (igg.me/at/snap2it). All funds that we raise by August 15 will be used at participating markets for the remaining 2014 farmers’ market season (through the end of October 2014).
After August 15 we plan to apply for a grant from the Missouri Department of Agriculture that could double the impact of our funds raised (up to $5000). As we plan for future seasons, we are partnering with other organizations that have established SNAP double dollar programs in other cities. We hope to follow a similar path as the Beans & Greens program in Kansas City, which quickly grew from having only two markets taking SNAP to over $250,000 a year in matching dollars at 15-plus markets. We’re well on our way with so many St. Louis farmers’ markets that already accept SNAP! We hope you will help us to become an established asset for increasing healthy food options in St. Louis.

Sloup #47

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This month, Sloup is going to be serving up chilled soup, and hot ideas at the Creative Exchange Lab!

Sloup is a monthly gathering of friends, artists, and soup lovers. For a donation of $10 you get soup, snacks, drink, and a VOTE on your favorite of a collection of proposals from artists and activists. Choose your favorite idea, and the one with the most votes gets all of the money raised!

SUBMIT YOUR IDEA! E-mail a one-page PDF proposal for your creative or community-oriented project to stlsloup@gmail.com BY Tuesday, JULY 22nd.

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Sloup #46 Winner: The Ville Collaborative

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We are tickled to announce this month’s winner: The Ville Collaborative!

We’re still full on the amazing summer gazpacho from Sqwires Restaurant & Annex and brews from Morgan Street Brewery. And SO grateful to the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis for hosting!

The Ville Collaborative’s proposal explained, “On August 2 we are hosting a block party. We would like to include an art event where youth paint garden beds and flower pots. We also wish to teach them how to make clay pottery… After the block party, this summer we will use all tools and remaining materials to set up a small art studio at one of our facilities. Our budget is $2,000 for a pottery wheel and arts supplies.”

Sloup is happy get them started with a grant of $640 and some Slouptastic good vibes!

To view their proposal in more depth and 5 other AMAZING projects, see this month’s proposal packet.

Sloup #47 takes place on July 27! Join us 5-7pm at the Creative Exchange Lab (3307 Washington Ave., St. Louis, 63103). Stay tuned for details…

Sloup #46 — Closing Party for CAM Open Studios on June 29!

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This month we’ll be celebrating St. Louis’ creative ideas in oh-so-many ways. One June 29, #46 will take over the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis as the CLOSING PARTY for Open Studios!

Our delectable soup is generously provided by Sqwires Restaurant and Annex! More potent potables and chewy chewables TBA.

Sloup is a monthly soup dinner that has crowdfunded over $25,000 for arts and community impact projects in St. Louis. Join us at 5pm, and give $10 in exchange for delicious local eats and a ballot. Hear community members’ creative ideas, and vote for your favorite. The idea with the most votes gets all the money raised at the door!

Sloup #46 starts at 5pm and — guess what? — has no official end time! Because our love for arts and activism in St. Louis never ends…

HAVE AN IDEA? Does it need some funding or some community love? APPLY TO SLOUP. Submit your idea in a one-page PDF to stlsloup@gmail.com BY SUNDAY, JUNE 22. Please note: It will be printed in black and white and published online.

With questions, donations, and volunteer interest, please email stlsloup@gmail.com !

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Sloup #45 Winner: Little Free Library!

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We are delighted to announce that Little Free Library is the winner of Sloup #45! Stay tuned to this adorable project that is making a real difference in Old North.

Shout out to our other amazing presenters, you can read the lot of ‘em here. Big time thank you to Old North Restoration Group, Juniper, St. Louis Kombucha Brewing & Nebula Coworking.

We’ll see you all June 29 at Sloup #46 at the CAM!

Sloup #45

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This month we’re going to be Sloupin’ it up at Old North Saint Louis Restoration Group and sippin some delicious vegan gumbo by the talented folks at Juniper !

Sloup is a monthly gathering of friends, artists, and soup lovers. For a donation of $10 you get soup, snacks, drink, and a VOTE on your favorite of a collection of proposals from artists and activists. Choose your favorite idea, and the one with the most votes gets all of the money raised!

SUBMIT YOUR IDEA! E-mail a one-page PDF proposal for your creative or community-oriented project to stlsloup@gmail.com BY SUNDAY, MAY 25th.

Questions? Concerns? Dreams? Fears? Let us know! E-mail stlsloup@gmail.com.

We hope to see you there!

Sloup #44

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Woah, guys! It’s already time to start getting hyped-up for Sloup #44. As always, we’ll have a delicious duo of soups, (one vegan, one not) for your edible enjoyment, as well as new a batch of piping hot projects.
Sloup is a monthly soup dinner that crowdfunds art & community impact projects. Ten dollars gets you soup and a ballot to vote for your favorite ideas. The idea with the most votes gets all the money raised at the door. To date, Sloup has given over $23,000 in microgrants to creative grassroots ideas in St. Louis!

DON’T FORGET: Your idea can apply! Send us a one-page PDF proposal by TUESDAY, APRIL 22nd, to stlsloup@gmail.com. (Normal deadline extended due to Easter.) For more details, visit http://stlsloup.com/apply.

Want to get more involved? Email stlsloup@gmail.com to volunteer your time, a future venue, food, or suggestions!

We can’t wait to see you there!