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, November 10, 2018
7:30 - 10:00 pm
The Speak Easy - Downtown
47 S Meridian Street, Indianapolis
General Admission: $40
JCI Member Ticket: $25
HOW IT WORKS:
Dress to impress (cocktail attire)
Taste a bunch of wines from Cork & Cracker. (Beer from St. Joseph’s Brewery will also be available.)
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres from Savory Swine & desserts. (We recommend having dinner before you arrive.)
Listen to live music from Zach Craft Music.
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!
Printing & Signage
Audio Visual & Photo Booth
The 2018 grant finalists and descriptions for their projects are listed below.
The Intercollegiate YMCA partners with 4 universities and is passionate about developing college students into Cause Driven Leaders through service that IMPACTS their community, INTEGRATES service into the life, and INFLUENCES change wherever they land. Students have served the Laurelwood Apartments, a low income housing community, for over 15 years. We successfully provide an after school and summer camp program free of charge to the residents in Laurelwood and have begun to expand to other IHA sites in the last 4 years.
Educating new families to the standards of the community is a common practice. Consider moving into Laurelwood and receiving a published book written by the kids that live there; a book that lifts up their voices and expectations for keeping their community safe and healthy. The kids we serve have a voice and it can be a powerful tool for advancing change. Write Brain Books provides kids the opportunity to use their creativity together to publish a book; in this case, around character development. Visit www.writebrainbooks.com to see examples of this powerful curriculum and help our kids build a stronger community.
The $5,000 award would be used to fun curriculum development, additional books, training, and shipping of materials. This would serve 40 students at Laurelwood and publish a total of 140 books to distribute to the community and provide a virtual training to staff on the Write Brain Books curriculum.
Human Trafficking Education for Girls and Their Families
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world and children are often its primary victims. In the U.S. victims tend to be adolescents who are in desperate situations, lack self-esteem, and are searching for acceptance in potentially dangerous situations.
Purchased is an Indianapolis-based nonprofit committed to making a positive impact on these young Hoosiers and their families through the My Life My Choice and Thrive programs.
My Life My Choice is a nationally recognized initiative designed to encourage and empower young women to be aware of the issue of human trafficking, how to acknowledge and report concerns, build self -esteem and confidence, help educate peers about human trafficking, raise awareness of the dangers of exploitation, and provide victims with necessary support.
Thrive was designed to help the families of victims adjust to life after being reunited with survivors. Parents and guardians of youth affected by human trafficking and sexual exploitation have a unique set of experiences, concerns and needs that are often gone unmet. Not only does Thrive reach this population with education and tools for success, but also a form of support and empathy that only others who have similar experiences can provide.
Both My Life My Choice and Thrive provide an incredible amount of support for those impacted by human trafficking through empowering curricula and compassionate facilitators. The $5000 grant will be split between the two programs to provide facilitator reimbursement and group supplies for these ten-week programs, impacting ten girls and their families.
2019 Back to School Bash
Westminster Neighborhood Services
Westminster Neighborhood Services, Inc. holds an annual Back to School Bash, giving students an opportunity to shop for new school supplies, a new backpack, and a new, never been worn school uniform. JCI Indianapolis and its members have been involved with Westminster’s Back to School Bash since its inception in July 2015. This event is an ideal opportunity for JCI members to make a significant and immediate impact on the quality of life for underserved children living within their city. Although the Back to School Bash will not address all their needs, it is helping to meet a tangible need for families struggling to make ends meet and is providing stability for children on the Near Eastside. Through the Back to School Bash, Westminster seeks to remove one of many barriers’ neighborhood children face and offer encouragement and support that may not otherwise be evident in their lives.
Westminster strives to meet the growing needs of our neighbors and offers the best supplies for each child. We sincerely request the financial support of JCI Indianapolis. The $5,000 funds will be used to purchase backpacks, school supplies, and uniforms for our 2019 Back to School Bash. In 2018, Westminster served 390 children in just three hours. In 2019, Westminster aims to help over 450 children leave with new school supplies and uniforms for a fresh start to a new school year. The look of joy and thankfulness on the children’s faces makes the hard work pay off!
Grant applications are now closed for the 2018 grant.
Any organization with 501(c) nonprofit status is eligible to apply for the $5,000 Let's Wine About It Grant. All applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and three 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. Past LWAI Grant recipients are not eligible to apply.
Click here to download the 2018 Grant Guidelines and Application for complete instructions. The deadline for grant applications has been extended to Friday, October 12, 2018.
Please contact Stephanie Lander, Grants Subcommittee Chair, with any questions regarding the grant application process.
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