This week has been a hard one. Many of you know that I attended college in Boston, so the marathon bombing hit very close to home – literally. I loved my years in Beantown. Patriot’s Day and viewing the marathon were annual events I looked forward to all winter. Seeing that carefree family event turned into a scene of chaos and horror hurt my heart deeply.
Personally, events like this make me want to go out and do as much good for others as I can. Maybe it’s the hope that if enough of us do something for our fellow man, then it proves that good will always win out over evil. When I was given the opportunity to help spread the word about State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist program through a campaign with Mom Central, I jumped at the chance.
Each year, State Farm donates millions of dollars to worthy causes across the US and Canada. Last year, they decided to start letting people vote on where the money should go and the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program was born.. The process has been broken down into three stages to identify 40 non-profits who will receive $25K each. First, Facebook users submit the causes they think should receive money. Next, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board narrows the causes down to the top 200 and identifies organizations that work with those causes. Lastly, Facebook users can vote to select the top 40 non-profits to receive $25K.
Here’s a video that gives a great overview of the program:
Whether you want to support a cause near and dear to your heart (like animal shelters or education) or ones that are closest to you geographically, your vote can make a difference! You can vote up to 10 times a day, so feel free to spread your votes out among several worthy recipients. I know that I found several causes near me here in Wisconsin that really spoke to me and they definitely got my votes!
So, how do you vote for your favorite causes? Let me tell you – it’s really easy! Just pop over to the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook page where you can learn more about the nominated causes and cast your votes.
I wrote this review while participating in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of State Farm and I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.