Tomorrow (Thursday) night is our monthly SONA Meeting at 7PM at the Kroc Center. We’ll be voting in our officers for next year, discussing our new grant program, and sharing information on how some successful South Omaha Projects came to be. This will be a great opportunity to talk to other neighborhood leaders and learn from their experiences. See you tomorrow night!
We are excited to announce our 2017 Neighborhood Grants program. SONA member organizations can apply for up to $6,000 towards a project that focuses on public safety, community engagement, active living/alternative transportation, environmental health, community health, or beautification. The deadline to apply is December 31st, and awards will be announced on January 15th. The link to apply is below. If you would like assistance on project development, please contact ONE Omaha.
The first Omaha Soup is happening October 17th at Hot Shops Art Center at 6pm. This may be an opportunity for you to raise funds for a neighborhood project. Below is a description of what Soup is. If you would like to submit a project to pitch at the event, please email Mike McGuire at firstname.lastname@example.org. Note: only four projects will be selected to pitch at the event. Stay up to date with Omaha Soup at facebook.com/omahasoup.
Omaha SOUP is a microgranting dinner celebrating and supporting creative community projects in Omaha. For a minimum donation of $5, attendees receive soup, salad, bread and a vote and hear from four presentations ranging from art, urban agriculture, social justice, social entrepreneurs, education, technology and more. Each presenter has four minutes to share their idea and answer four questions from the audience. At the event, attendees eat, talk, share resources, enjoy art and vote on the project they think benefits the city the most. At the end of the night, we count the ballots and the winner goes home with all of the money raised to carry out their project. Winners come back to a future SOUP dinner to report their project’s progress. Our first city-wide event is October 17th with the goal to host bi-annually. We’re also hoping to teach this model to neighborhood leaders and other community organizations in hopes to replicate the model on a smaller effort throughout the year.
A neighborhood/city/community-based crowdfunding dinner.
• 6 pre-selected projects have four minutes to share their idea and answer 6 questions from the diners.
• The projects can be about ANYTHING! No restrictions.
THE ONLY TWO RULES OF SOUP
1 Presenters can’t use technology to present their ideas.
2 The idea has be to be about within Omaha.
Potluck-style (for our friends that don’t use that word, that means everyone is encouraged to bring
food for all to share). To attract diners, we give food-makers 60 seconds after the presentations to share
anything they are working on in the community (events, questions, projects, businesses, etc).
$5 suggested donation.
Why? SOUP wishes to eliminate barriers to participants, so some throw in $20 while others $0.20
WHAT WE WANT TO DO
• Empower residents
• Help create jobs
• Allow people to establish new relationships and networks
• Promote action and change
• Foster critical dialogue
• Instill neighborhood pride
• Provide a deeper understanding of democracy
The winner goes home with the money raised at the door. Attendees have engaged and participated
alongside other people who share in the desire for a better Omaha. Diners have shared resources
and ideas with all presenters. Connections have been made. Conversations have been had. People have
SOUP is a place for people to gather and to feel safe. Omaha SOUP is not the granter of the funds.
Our job is to plan a dinner that creates an environment where participants can vote on what project
wins the money from door. Each individual who walks through the door is agreeing to grant the money
to the project they think is most deserving through democracy and critical conversation. We then ask
past winners to come back in a few months to share with the community what they did with the money.
Community based domestic violence awareness advocates, fellow TOYOS, and friends, Roger Garcia & Shonna Dorsey cordially invite you to a night of celebrating victim survival and taking a stand against domestic violence in partnership with House of Loom and salsa dance instructors, Blandon and Svetlana. All event proceeds will go to Women’s Center for Advancement to support the important services provided by this organization. Additionally, House of Loom will be donating a portion of bar sales to the organization. Dance lessons and Salsa Night are included free of charge by Blandon and Svetlana to Celebrating Survivor event attendees who RSVP for the event.
- Day: Sunday, October 30th, 2016
- Time: 5:30pm to 7:30pm
- Location: House of Loom, 1012 S 10th St, Omaha, NE 68108
Your RSVP is required, but this event is free for registered attendees (includes: Appetizers, nonalcoholic drinks, Salsa dance lessons and Salsa Night).
We ask that you consider making a tax deductible donation which will go to support the efforts of the Women’s Center for Advancement. Click the button below to reserve your spot and make a donation to this important organization serving women and families in our community.
Schedule of Events
- 5:30pm to 7:30pm: Casual reception with appetizers, beverages, & music
- 8pm to 9pm: Salsa lessons with Blandon and Svetlana
- 9pm to 12pm: Salsa night at House of Loom
Tax deductible event donations will managed by Eventbrite and distributed to the WCA via Omaha Community Foundation.
Metro Community College and Heartland Workforce Solutions are looking for a bilingual (English/Spanish) WorkKeys Testing Administrator for their satellite location at Latino Center of the Midlands.
Today, to kick off National Community Planning Month, SONA had the pleasure of participating in the American Planning Association’s award recognition ceremony. South 24th Street was named one of 15 “Great Places in America”. This award recognizes streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the United States that demonstrate exceptional character, quality, and planning.
South 24th Street was recognized for putting pedestrians first, a mosaic installation, and for its unique attributes and amenities. SONA is so pleased to be have been part of the process in creating spaces in our community that are healthy, inclusive, creative economic drivers that open doors of opportunity for all.
“Today’s award represents the vision, but also the history of this area – a history of welcomeness to newcomers, of walkable, safe, public spaces, and of using place to create and foster a sense community and well-being. Clearly, place-based approaches such as the redevelopment of South 24th Street, represent the activation of a core asset of our community, ” said Athena Ramos, President of SONA.
Thanks once again to the American Planning Association for this wonderful recognition!
Pictured above: Madeline Moyer, President of South Omaha Business Association; Yesenia Peck, President of the Nebraska Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; Hon. Guadalupe Sanchez Salazar, Consul of Mexico; Mayor Jean Stothert; Carol Rhea, President of the American Planning Association; Councilman Garry Gernandt; and Athena Ramos, President of SONA