For the past 13 years, Aspire-ESOL, English as a second language, students have helped Westminster Presbyterian Church members make soup for their winter “Hearty Italian Soup Sale”. The group meets at Central Christian Church, where the ESOL classes meet, to fill the kitchen with the aroma of fresh vegetables, fellowship, and an authentic English lesson about cooking.  Soup sales typically raise $1000 a year, shared between two organizations. This year’s soup sale proceeds will be split between the Immigrant Worker Project’s, Centro San Jose Scholarship Fund and Homeward Bound.

The Immigrant Worker Project’s Centro San Jose Scholarship Fund awards assistance to students residing in Ashland, Columbiana, Holmes, Knox, Stark, Tuscarawas, and Wayne Counties who have limited access to government monies for college education due to their immigration status. Homeward Bound is a local organization dedicated to providing services and a place to stay for the homeless in Wooster. They are setting up a new shelter in Wooster and work closely with the Wooster Homelessness Taskforce.

Since its beginning, the Westminster “Hearty Italian Soup Sale” has donated over $12,000 to the Employment Resource Fund to help goal-oriented adults with training, job search, and employment needs. Westminster’s Soup Sale began in November, just in time for holiday celebrations. Supporters can choose regular with Italian sausage, or vegan.

To order soup by the quart, call 330-263-2398 or email wpcwooster@gmail.com.  For more information about the Employment Resource Fund at the Wayne County Community Foundation go to www.employmentresourcefund.org.  To learn more about the Wayne County Schools Career Center’s Aspire program call 330-988-1007 or visit www.wcscc.org