Congratulations to the recipient of the 2017 Let's Wine About It Grant, the Indianapolis Parks Foundation, for their project, Indy Urban Acres!
Let's Wine About It
Join us for an evening of wine and whining - where one sustainable solution project can win YOUR vote to determine the winner of a $5,000 grant to make their project happen.
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Saturday, September 9, 2017
7:30 - 10:00 pm
The Speak Easy - Downtown
47 S Meridian Street, Indianapolis
General Admission (through August 15): $40
General Admission (after August 15): $50
JCI Member Ticket: $25
HOW IT WORKS:
- Dress to impress (cocktail attire)
- Taste a bunch of wines from Vine Society. (Beer will also be available from St. Joseph's)
- Enjoy hors d'oeuvres & desserts. (We recommend having dinner before you arrive.)
- Hear about sustainable solutions projects from 3 grant finalists and how they would use the $5,000 grant to solve their identified problem
- Vote on your favorite project by "putting a cork in it". (Ten corks per ticket provided at check-in.)
- Buy additional corks at the event for $1 each to help your favorite project win
- Celebrate when the project with the most corks is awarded a giant check for the $5,000 grant
- Continue the fun at the after party
THANK YOU TO OUR SUPPORTERS!
Wine Tastings & Pairings
Printing & Signage
We're excited to present the following three projects/organizations that have been selected as finalists for the $5,000 LWAI 2017 Grant.
Career Exploration Program for Our Community’s Economic Future
The issue: “Indiana’s economic future depends on producing college graduates.” Sadly, research demonstrates that too many students, predominantly minority, economically disadvantaged, and first-generation college goers, are at significant risk for dropping out of high school and missing out on the opportunity to pursue a postsecondary degree. Among H.S. graduates, just 34% of Indiana students qualifying for free or reduced lunch, and 14% of non-white students attend college directly after high school (Indiana College Readiness Report, 2016).
Starfish Initiative is proposing a project that focuses on Career Exploration for our Community's Economic Future. Starfish currently serves over 400 Marion County High School Students who are academically promising, but economically disadvantaged and at risk of falling through the cracks. Through one-one-one mentoring, support and guidance by Starfish staff, and key programming focused on College Readiness, Career Exploration, and Youth Leadership – Starfish is improving the lives and futures of these students. 100% graduate High School, 98% enroll directly into college, and 77% have obtained or are in pursuit of their degree.
A $5,000 award from JCI would allow Starfish to expand its Career Exploration offerings to these students to expose them to careers of tomorrow, and Hoosier companies looking to expand their workforce. As students learn about careers and how their own interests/ strengths align, they make better college and major decisions. In turn, research shows that students who stay at the same school and in the same area of study are more likely to complete their degree.
Indy Urban Acres
A $5,000 grant from JCI Indianapolis will help Indy Urban Acres, a project of the Indianapolis Foundation, continue its crusade against hunger in 2018. Indy Urban Acres is a mission-driven farm on the east and west sides of the city that harvests and distributes more than 30,000 pounds of organic produce to local food pantries. During peak season in June and July it costs about $5,000 to operate the farm for one week, in which the following occurs:
- 1,250 pounds of vegetables, on average, are harvested and delivered to food pantries;
- 100 at-risk youth from TeenWorks (a workforce development program) collectively work 2,100 hours at the farm;
- 150 youth from urban summer camps visit for farm tours and field trips;
- 200 to 300 bouquets from IUA’s Flower Farm are harvested, arranged, and sold at Kroger stores to directly support farm operations; and
- 3,000 food pantry clients have access to fresh, healthy, nutrient-dense produce.
As volunteers, JCI Indianapolis members will have the opportunity to help with farm operations in 2018. Volunteer opportunities can include: planting seeds, harvesting produce, delivering produce to food pantries, maintenance of the row crops, building special infrastructure projects at the farm, assisting with harvesting and arranging flowers, various youth educational activities, and assisting with IUA special events (Annual Plant Sale and Farmraiser). As advocates, JCI Indianapolis members are critical in teaching the community about food insecurity and the various ways to address it. The IUA model can be adapted to numerous settings.
The Money Game
The Intercollegiate YMCA exists to connect college students to opportunities that make an impact in their community. Our Y has worked with Laurelwood, a Section 8 IHA community, for 15 years providing free afterschool and summer day camp for youth residents. Residents must qualify to reside there by living 150% below the poverty line, which greatly impacts the roles of families and their ability to provide proper care, nutritious meals, hope of removing their family from poverty and planning for the future. The Intercollegiate YMCA, through the Let’s Wine About It! funding would begin offering financial literacy classes to the families at Laurelwood and the 3 other IHA communities. We hope to provide the families with the proper resources to learn where their money is going, tell their money where to go from now on, and get to a point where saving for the future is a reality and not a dream. This is hard work, but important, and members of JCI will be encouraged to develop relationships in these communities alongside the Intercollegiate YMCA in order to show support to the families. The Intercollegiate YMCA will connect 2 college students with a passion to serve in this area to participate in Financial Peace University and join Intercollegiate Executive Director, Jeff Mabry, in coordinating the program for 80 families in 2018. While bringing people out of poverty may be an overwhelming endeavor, we hope we can provide encouragement through tangible resources and connections with each other to move the needle!
**The deadline for LWAI 2017 grant applications closed on June 30, 2017. If you're interested in applying for the 2018 grant, we recommend referring to the information below.**
Any organization with nonprofit status [501(c)] is eligible to apply for the $5,000 Let's Wine About It Grant. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and 3 projects will be chosen to present at Let's Wine About It. Projects will be voted on by attendees at the event using corks, and one will be chosen as the recipient of the $5,000 grant.
Click here to download the 2017 Grant Guidelines and Application (fillable PDF) for complete instructions. Please note that applications are no longer being accepted for the LWAI 2017 grant.
Please contact Eric Leserman, Grants Subcommittee Chair, with any questions regarding the grant application process.
Interested in sponsoring Let's Wine About It? We'd love for your business to partner with us.
Sponsorship opportunities include:
- Wine sponsors/donations
- Food sponsors/donations
- Event sponsors
- Grant sponsors
Click here to review the LWAI 2017 Sponsorship Packet for sponsorship opportunities.
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