Neighborhood Assist is a program going on right now, funded by State Farm that will give $25,000 in grants to 40 different community causes across the United States and Canada. You can submit an idea for a way to improve your neighborhood in one of the following three categories: education, safety or community development. You can also submit the name of a local nonprofit you wish to nominate as long as its mission fits into one of those categories.
The program seeks to encourage both individuals and community groups to highlight needs in their community via Facebook. Submissions are being accepted as of February 16th and are welcome through March 6th or until the 3,000 cap is reached.
After that, State Farm’s Youth Advisory Board will narrow down the 200 finalists who will be posted on Facebook. The Youth Advisory Board is made up of thirty students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada. They help State Farm design and implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address social issues.
The public will have two weeks to vote for their favorite. Once the voting period is finished, the top 40 campaigns will be announced and will receive a $25,000 grant to support its local mission. For more information, go to: https://apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/.
Way to go, State Farm, for doing your part to encourage social action in our communities.