The Pepsi Refresh Project’s goal is to award $20 million in grants to support local businesses, non-profit organizations and even individuals who have ideas that are creating a positive impact on the world. These organizations submit their community-changing ideas, and Pepsi chooses a select few that are voted upon. The projects with the most votes at the end of the voting period wins. Each month, up to $1.125 million in grants can be awarded, and the Des Moines Social Club is in the running to receive $50,000 of the grant money.
What would the $50,000 grant support?
The $50,000 would support the organization’s weekly programming (which fosters the art, culture and theater scenes in Des Moines) and the necessary funding to create a permanent residence for the Club.
How does the Des Moines Social Club win the $50,000?
By getting a large number of votes during the month of May. Here’s how to vote:
- Log on to the Pepsi Refresh website.
- Create an account (they’ll ask for your name, e-mail, and birth date) or login using your Facebook account.
- Vote! During the month of May you can vote once per day for the DMSC.
- Bonus points: Vote and share your experience on your social media networks – Facebook, Twitter, ect.!
It’s that simple!
So, why should I vote for the Des Moines Social Club?
“We do a lot,” said Jessica Miller Director of Marketing for the Des Moines Social Club. “Where else can you watch a play, drink a beer, buy local art, compete in trivia, perform, play ping pong, see a live talk show, take a class, laugh at improv, hear a concert, and network — all under one roof? We are not a real club. Everyone is welcome. We definitely filled a void in the community. We gave people a space and it organically became a success.”
A vote for the Des Moines Social Club is a vote for Des Moines. To Miller, it’s a no-brainer why someone should vote.
“Number one, it’s easy. Number two, none of your pocket is required and number three, every vote matters.”