January Updates

January Updates

Stone Soup Café

Posted: to Volunteer Newsletter on Thu, Dec 23, 2021
Updated: Wed, Jan 5, 2022

MLK Day Pick-Your-Own Film Fest!

Stone Soup Café is hosting our second annual MLK Day Pick-Your-Own Film Festival!

We have a list of six incredible films you can choose from >> https://bit.ly/3G5Fmri

Make time to watch one (or two? or three!?) of these films before January 17th, then join together virtually with folks from Stone Soup on MLK Day to share about the films we watched.

MLK Day is an opportunity for deep, personal engagement. Let's continue to learn from his legacy, and keep the conversation about civil rights alive.

REGISTER in advance for this film fest discussion on MLK Day (Monday, January 17th) at 6:30 PM.

Presentation of Data from our Community Surveys!

112 people filled out our second community survey!!

We captured data from:

- 80 folks who regularly get curbside meals

- 24 folks to whom we deliver meals

- 38 volunteers

- 1 self-proclaimed alien!

We had a lot of fun getting to know our community a bit better, and we are excited to share the results of the survey with everyone and talk about what comes next.

Please join us on Thursday, January 13th at 5:30 pm to view a presentation of the data! We've enjoyed making this whole data collection process open and collaborative.

Register in advance for this meeting. Everyone is welcome!

Sweet Treats Fundraiser!

It's only January, but we are already taking orders for our February Sweet Treats Fundraiser!

Place your orders now to reserve DELICIOUS gluten-free cupcakes, cookies, and our very popular DIY cookie kits! Support the café and eat some sweets with your sweeties!

https://stone-soup-cafe.square.site/

Order now for pickup on Friday Feb 11th 1-6pm or Saturday Feb 12th 9am-3 pm.

Staff Profile!

Mike Phillips joined Stone Soup a few months ago to help lead the Friday night food prep shifts. He's a gentle soul, with fantastic ideas and a compassionate heart.

He grew up near Pittsburgh PA and studied Criminology in college. Out of college, he became an activist and began volunteering with Greenpeace in D.C., working as East Coast Regional Director for 10+ years. After Greenpeace, he moved to Western Mass, taught himself web development, and was hired to build the first website for Yankee Candle Company. After 20 years with Yankee Candle, he decided to go in yet another direction and enrolled in Culinary School. He has 3 kiddos (21, 20, and 12), 2 dogs (Hank and Georgia), a cat (Oliver), and lives with his partner D'Arcy in Greenfield.

He's happy to be back in the non-profit world, working and learning with the amazing staff and volunteers at Stone Soup Cafe! We are lucky to have him.