In just 10 days in August, more than 125,000 people cast more than 3 Million votes in support of their favorite causes. As a result, 40 communities, in 18 states, including the Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford and Cannon Counties, will be getting an assist from State Farm®. State Farm is proud to announce the Top 40 vote-getting causes that have won $25,000 grants to improve their communities.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a crowd-sourced philanthropic grant program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. Non-profits affiliated with each of the top 40 causes receive grants to address them.
The Child Advocacy Center will use the money to help respond to the increased number of child abuse cases. Child abuse reporting has increased 24% in the first 6 months of fiscal year 2021. Working as a multi-disciplinary team with the Department of Children’s Services, law enforcement, and the District Attorney’s Office, the CAC interviews child victims, provides crisis counseling to their non-offending families, helps children heal from the trauma, and helps families rebuild their shattered lives.
“State Farm recognizes the good neighbor spirit in the organizations that will be implementing these community improvement projects,” said Rasheed Merritt, Assistant Vice President at State Farm. “We are proud to support their efforts.”
Two thousand cause submissions were accepted in June at www.neighborhoodassist.com. The State Farm Review Committee selected the Top 200 finalists and public voting determined the Top 40. In the ten years of the program, more than 380 causes have received a total of $10 million to enact change in their communities.
For a complete list of this year’s top 40 causes, please visit: www.neighborhoodassist.com.