AURORA, ON, Feb. 15, 2013 /CNW/ - Do you have an idea that would make
your community a better place to live, and would $25,000 be a
game-changer? State Farm is here with the assist. From February 13 through March 6, people from
Canada and the U.S. can submit a cause for a chance to win a $25,000
State Farm Neighbourhood Assist™ grant.
Neighbourhood Assist is a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers
people to identify issues in their community. Then the program connects
them with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem by
providing an opportunity to receive one of 40, $25,000 grants.
"The beauty of Neighbourhood Assist is that it places decision-making
power directly in the hands of the public," said Barbara Bellissimo,
State Farm Canada Senior Vice President and Chief Agent. "We hope the
2013 Neighbourhood Assist program is able to increase last year's
widespread positive impact on Canadian and U.S. communities."
In 2012, State Farm grants reached 40 communities that ranged in
population from 222 to eight million people. Examples of winning
causes include helping an animal shelter replace its rescue van and
assisting organizations that support the homeless and impoverished. Six
neighbourhood parks were built or improved, while more than 65 percent
of the causes directly impacted youth.
When the maximum of 3,000 submissions are received, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review all submissions and identify the top 200 based on a scoring
The top 200 causes will be announced on Facebook on April 4 and anyone
who has the free Facebook application can vote for their favorite
causes with up to 10 votes per day until April 22. On April 29 on the
Facebook app, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced.
For more information on State Farm Neighbourhood Assist or to submit a
cause, get the free Facebook app at www.statefarm.ca/neighbourhoodassist.
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About State Farm
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North America with more than 80 Million policyholders. In addition to
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providing insurance and financial services including mutual funds, life
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About the Youth Advisory Board
The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 30 students, ages 17-20, from
across the United States and Canada who serve a two-year term. Their
directive is to implement a $5 million-a-year signature
service-learning initiative to address issues important to youth and
communities. The Board is completely autonomous and youth-driven, and
funds projects focused on issues selected by the board that impact
youth. It consists of a diverse group of full-time students at high
schools and universities. Each member commits about 15 hours a month to
the Board and participates in three face-to-face meetings per calendar
year. The Board will fund the 40 grants awarded through the State Farm
Neighborhood Assist program with a portion of its $5 million funding in
2013. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.
SOURCE: State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co.
For further information:
John Bordignon - Media Relations
State Farm Canada
905.750.5567 / 416.801.6078