SOUP serves up fun, funds for community projects


This Sunday, April 27, the Calvin Center will host the first-ever Youngstown SOUP event. Jessica Mowchan has the story.

SOUP-logoYoungstown SOUP is a dinner event that highlights creative projects in Youngstown. Those who stop by will receive homemade soup, salad, bread and an opportunity to vote on one of five community projects.

Board member, Sophia Buggs, shares her excitement about the projects.

BUGGS: Most of the projects that are applying are good projects. People have big hearts. They mean well and they’ve done some work in the community. But really what happens when you bring it to the SOUP – you gotta step it up.

Projects range from art, urban agriculture, technology, social justice to education.

All of the money collected that night – each visitor ponies up $5 – goes to the winner, determined by the audience.

Buggs has one message to those who are considering attending or perhaps applying for an award in the future.

BUGGS: I’m encouraging anybody who’s got an idea, a twinkle, a passion, to present or come out and see what it’s looking like … and enjoy some good soup, enjoy some Youngstownians coming to hang out and watch us make a difference in our community.

About 150 people are expected to attend this first Youngstown Soup Event. It begins at 7 p.m.

For the, I’m Jessica Mowchan. is a collaborative effort among the Youngstown State University journalism program, The University of Akron, Cuyahoga Community College and professional media outlets including, WYSU-FM Radio and The Vindicator (Youngstown), The Beacon Journal and Rubber City Radio (Akron).