Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Three Central Illinois organizations to receive $25,000 Neighborhood Assist Grants

Three Central Illinois organizations to receive $25,000 Neighborhood Assist Grants, Metamora Herald

In just 10 days in August, 167,000 people cast 4.5 Million votes in support of their favorite causes. As a result, 40 communities, in 19 states, including Bloomington-Normal, Decatur, and Peoria, will be getting an assist from State Farm®. State Farm is proud to announce the Top 40 vote-getting causes that will each receive a $25,000 grant to improve their communities.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist® is a crowd-sourced philanthropic 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.

Three of the Top 40 Neighborhood Assist winners are located in Central Illinois:
Artists ReEnvisioning Tomorrow (Peoria) – Jonathon and Nikki Romain want to transform the old Greeley School building in the North Valley community into an arts center where they will provide free after-school art programs to youth and affordable studio space for artists to create and share their work. The center will also offer classes in music, language arts, graphic arts, STEAM, family empowerment, yoga, health workshops, sewing and many more. ART will host a Thank You Reception/Check Presentation today, Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 1pm at Greeley School, 919 NE Jefferson St., Peoria.
Good Samaritan Inn (Decatur) – Good Samaritan Inn has been the only free meal program in Decatur for 35 years. Over the past 5 years, their Mercy Programs has offered job skills training programs to low-income residents through a field to fork job skills training program which aids students in refining their soft skills in a horticultural and culinary setting. Upon completion, Mercy Programs has seen a 95% employment rate. GSI will host a Thank You Reception/Check Presentation on Thursday, Sept. 27 at 10am at 920 N. Union St., Decatur.
Promise Council (Bloomington-Normal) - Over 35% of students in fifteen District 87 and Unit 5 schools are low-income or qualify for free and reduced lunches. In some schools, it is as high as 75%, and homelessness is on the rise. Promise Council wants to start a scholarship program to help alleviate stress for students by providing mentoring, physical items like clothing, school supplies, and backpacks and getting parents more involved. Promise Council will host a Thank You Reception/Check Presentation on Friday, Sept. 28 from 8:15-9am at Pepper Ridge Elementary, 2602 Danbury Drive, Bloomington.
“State Farm is here to help life go right in neighborhoods all across the country. We look forward to seeing the changes in these 40 communities because of these Neighborhood Assist grants,” said Allison Bertsche, Public Affairs Director at State Farm.
At least one submission was received from each of the 50 states. The State Farm Review Committee selected the top 200 finalists from 2,000 submissions. The top 40 vote-getters from a 10-day online vote were determined as winners of a $25,000 grant.

In the seven years of the program, more than 250 causes have received a total of $7 million to enact change in their communities.

For a complete list of this year’s top 40 causes, please visit www.neighborhoodassist.com

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