"Neighborhood Assist empowers individuals to identify problems in their communities and provides funding to help create a positive impact, " said Kellie Clapper, State Farm Assistant Vice President.
For the third year State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program, is empowering people to identify important issues in their communities that would need solving, and connects them with a local nonprofit to help them with it, as well as offering grants of $25 000 to make solving the issues easier.
Among the last year's grant receivers were a nonprofit committed to helping kids reach their goals, and dreams; a nonprofit that educates and mobilizes students in the fight against childhood hunger; a nonprofit offering adaptive sports as well as activities to children with disabilities.
"A lot of contests have only two or three winners," said Tom Touhy, founder of the 2013 grant recipient Dreams for Kids, a Chicago, IL nonprofit that offers adaptive sports and activities for children with disabilities. "Having 40 winners really gives more people a chance to make a difference."
That's right - the Neighborhood Assist program doesn't give out one but 40 grants, each $25 000.
Causes for this year can be submitted from March 3 to March 23 (or until the submissions number reaches 4000) and they can be submitted through the Facebook App available for free at www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist - that's also the place where you can learn more about it all. This year's grant winners will be announced via the Facebook app on May 27.
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