State Farm® Neighborhood Assist™ Winners Announced
Forty causes will receive a $25,000 grant
After two and a half weeks and more than 3.4 million votes, State Farm announced the 40 winners of the 2013 State Farm Neighborhood Assist program. The winning vote-receiving causes will receive $25,000 grants to improve their communities.
"The sheer amount of votes and people who participated in this program shows the level of commitment and passion within neighborhoods to solve local issues," said Kellie Clapper, Assistant Vice President of External Relations for State Farm. "We look forward to watching the 40 communities across North America make their neighborhoods safer, stronger and better educated with the help of the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) and State Farm Neighborhood Assist."
The top 40 causes, representing 27 states and provinces across the United States and Canada range from veterans' assistance efforts to programs encouraging youth to stay in school; a large majority of the causes will directly impact youth. Communities that will receive funding range in size from Gayville, S.D., with a population of approximately 400, to the largest city in the U.S., New York City.
The top five vote-receiving causes were:
- The Bay (77,157 votes): will establish and implement a new youth outreach center/indoor skate park in Lincoln, Neb.
- Must Love Dogs (71,601 votes): will bring more homeless dogs into the hearts and homes of good people of Middle Island, N.Y.
- AAA Spay/Neuter Clinic (70,319 votes): will provide low-cost spay/neuter services to reduce the animal euthanasia rates in Wilmington, N.C., area shelters.
- Bohm Theatre Restoration (69,607 votes): will restore the vacant, blighted Bohm Theatre in Albion, Mich., for use as a film and performing arts center.
- Explor-a-Bus (56,241 votes): will bring exciting Science, Social Studies and Literacy exploratory learning experiences to Palmyra, N.Y.
On Feb. 13, this year's program was launched, and by March 6, the Company received more than 3,000 cause submissions from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada. With cause submitters ranging in age from 13 to 86, it was evident that people of all ages want to make a positive impact in their communities.
The YAB reviewed the cause submissions and selected 200 finalists based on the criteria they created. They then connected each cause with a local nonprofit that can help solve the identified problem. Between April 4 and 22, nearly 100,000 people took to Facebook to vote for their favorite causes using the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application.