Giving back and being in community with one another is an important aspect of public service. For 16 years, Don Saylor’s Soup’s On event has raised over $255,000 and increased community awareness for worthy causes in Yolo County.
The Soup’s On event was built on the tradition of gathering as a community to enjoy a hearty bowl of warm soup during the cold season and when someone is in need. Each year the Soup’s On event brings 400 community members and organizations together to share a meal and jointly support a worthy non-profit. 100% of event proceeds go to support the selected non-profit.
This volunteer-run event includes bowl of donated soup for each attendee, live music, and celebration of the highlighted charity’s good work. Attendees of Soup’s On include a range of elected officials, civic leaders, businesses, non-profits and community members. While the event provides visibility of sponsors to a broad audience at the event, the investment has continued impact by helping the benefiting non-profit achieve their organization’s mission.
Past beneficiaries include:
Provides numerous hands-on environmental educational programs to teach students about watersheds, local ecology and ethnobotany, and how to become good stewards of Putah Creek and all the natural resources and living things that the creek supports.
Supports, encourages, and empowers parents and caregivers as they face the joys and challenges of raising children.
Enables member congregations to provide cold-weather shelter and hospitality on a rotating basis to homeless persons in the Davis community.
Protects the wild and agricultural heritages of the Inner Coastal Range and Western Sacramento Valley for current and future generations.
Provides crisis prevention and intervention, education, and community outreach services to the residents of Yolo County.
Provides quality education and training for care providers of children and youth in out-of-home care, enabling these providers to meet the child's educational, emotional, behavioral and developmental needs.
Provides free weekly access to fresh fruits and vegetables through a fun, interactive farmers market-style distribution to over 700 preschool and elementary school students at seven schools in Yolo County.
Delivers hot, nutritious lunches to our elders throughout Yolo County.
Organizes a grassroots program of education, advocacy and support dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness and their families.
Serves and advocates on behalf of immigrants in Yolo County. Programs include visitation of unaccompanied youth detained at Juvenile Hall and education programs at the Migrant Centers.
Provides specialized services in Yolo County to people who have experienced domestic violence, sexual assault, child abuse, dating violence, stalking, human trafficking and other forms of abuse.