On April 15, the Greater Flushing Chamber launched its first micro-funding SOUP event. The purpose of the SOUP is to bring the community together and provide an opportunity to support local initiatives that serve our neighborhood. For a suggested $5 donation, guests received a potluck dinner and voted for a project that would potentially have the greatest impact in Flushing. During the dinner, four community groups presented their proposed projects:
- Community Organizing Language Forums (Korean Americans for Political Advancement): Teaching Korean and Mandarin speakers how to engage members of the community about political issues in their language.
- Bee Aware Mural Initiative (Ganeinu Early Learning Center, RFK Community High School, “For The Good of The Hive”): Plans to organize a mural to spread awareness about the declining bee population and the majors effects on humans.
- Kick-Off event for Community Gathering to Clean Flushing Bay followed later this summer by Live at Flushing Bay (Guardians of Flushing Bay): Fighting for improved water quality in Flushing Bay and Creek by way of water clean-ups and additional programming on the waterfront.
- Adopt-A-Block (Earth Citizens Club of Flushing): A seven-day pilot on Roosevelt Avenue between Union and Main streets which will include cleaning street/sidewalks and positive signage sponsored by local residents and businesses.
After the votes were tallied, the Earth Citizens Club of Flushing and their Adopt-A-Block project were awarded $832, which came from individual donations at the event as well as matched contributions from sponsors: Green Earth Urban Gardens, Susten Corp, and Alice Lee. For more details, please contact Cody@FlushingChamber.NYC.
Here are the latest news reports about our Flushing SOUP Program:
- NY1 TV News: Adopt-a-Block Clean Up Gets Crowd Sourcing Support in Flushing
- Queens Examiner: Chamber hosts first SOUP dinner
- Times-Ledger: Flushing SOUP program funds community projects