The State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program is a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers people to identify the issues they feel are the most important in their communities. Issues that affect those in your local community like hunger, child welfare, woman’s needs, and teen mental issues are all causes that would qualify for a grant from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. The program then connects them with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem and provides an opportunity to receive one of 40 $25,000 grants.
Now through March 23rd, people are invited to submit causes via the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app. When a maximum of 4,000 cause submissions are received (again, deadline of March 23), the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review all submissions and identify the top 200 based on a scoring rubric. The top 200 causes will then be announced on April 28 and anyone who has the free Facebook app can vote for their favorite causes with up to 10 votes per day until May 16. The top 40 vote-receiving causes will then each receive a $25,000 grant to help address the submitted cause. The top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced via the Facebook app on May 27.
I’ve been talking with my teenager more and more lately about local causes that we could support. There are some great food pantries in my area, as well as a few women’s shelters that we would love to help. My daughter, though, is passionate about kids that don’t have adequate school supplies at the beginning of the school year. When she submits that cause idea on the State Farm Facebook page, if she won, State Farm would, for example, pair her up with our local chapter of Project Backpack. Kids would be so happy to be all geared up for school in the fall.
SUBMIT YOUR CAUSE
So what’s your cause? I’d love to see some local causes make the short list! If you have a great cause in mind, PLEASE submit your favorite causes EARLY in the submission process because submissions will end when 4,000 submissions have been received which is usually well before the March 23rd deadline.