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Flushing Quaker Meeting House

137-16 Northern Boulevard

Queens, NY 11354

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In April 2018, Queens residents have the opportunity to particpate in Queens SOUP, a crowd-funded micro-granting community dinner, hosted by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Inspired by Detroit SOUP, the chamber raised over $800 for neighborhood improvement projects in 2016. This spring the program is expanding to fund projects from all over the borough.

Queens SOUP provides an opportunity for any community project based in Queens to win and get no-strings-attached money from the in-person crowdfunding at the event. Projects can focus on arts and culture, civil rights, small business assistance, children's programming, neighborhood beautification, environmental remediation, and more. After an online application process, four projects will be chosen to present their plans during Queens SOUP.

Those interested, should apply online via Google Docs link.

The Chamber is seeking various levels of sponsorship and community partnership for Queens SOUP — matching funds; in-kind donations of food, supplies, or giveaway and raffle items; volunteers during the event; or participating as a vendor in the SOUP “Marketplace.” Please contact cody@flushingchamber.nyc if you have questions about sponsorship and partnership opportunities.

About SOUP:

SOUP is a community potluck dinner, originally founded in Detroit, that provides seed funding and promotional opportunities to help launch local projects bringing positive impacts to their community. SOUP events have taken place all over the country — increasing innovative, grassroots economic development and civic engagement.

For a $5 donation, attendees gain access to a potluck dinner where they eat, learn, and vote for one of four projects they think will have the most significant effect on their community. At the end of SOUP ballots are counted, and the money collected at the door is awarded to the project with the most votes. SOUP acts as an unique networking event, connecting projects with potential community partners and volunteers regardless of whether or not they win the cash prize.

Inspired by Detroit SOUP, the Greater Flushing SOUP uses the same crowd-sourced community-dinner model to provide small grants to community projects and civic initiatives in north-east Queens. A $5 donation gets you into a pot-luck dinner where four local community groups pitch their plan to improve the Greater Flushing area. At the end of the presentations, attendees vote for their favorite initiative. The project with the most votes wins all the money raised at the door. Regardless of who wins the cash prize, SOUP acts as an innovative networking event, connecting projects with potential community partners and volunteers.

About the venue:

The Old Quaker Meeting House has been used by Flushing Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends as a house of worship for over 300 years. The house remains today much as when it was first built, with dark, warm floorboards, simple benches and hand-hewn timber ceiling beams. To step across the threshold is to leave the present behind and to enter a profoundly sacred space seasoned by centuries of devotion. To those who visit, the Meeting House is a peaceful reminder of an eventful and historic past.

Built in 1694 by John Bowne and other early Quakers, the Old Quaker Meeting House is, by all known accounts, the oldest house of worship in New York State and the second oldest Quaker meeting house in the nation. Visitors to the Meeting House have included George Washington, John Woolman and William Penn. The Meeting House is recognized as a rare example of ecclesiastical architecture and as a monument to an important event in the struggle for religious freedom in America, the Flushing Remonstrance, a document which is perhaps the earliest demand for religious freedom in America. The Meeting House also saw the beginnings of the abolitionist movement and the first school in Flushing.

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About the Chamber:

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce is non-profit membership association that seeks to foster the economic growth, inclusive diversity, and shared prosperity of greater Flushing through advocacy, networking, and mutual aid.

For more information, visit us at www.flushingchamber.nyc

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