Bloomington, IL, 23 August 2016 | 04:03 PM America/Chicago Neighbors to Nominate Community Causes for a Chance to Win Big Forty causes will score a $25,000 grant to assist their neighborhood. BLOOMINGTON, Ill. (August 23, 2016) – Neighbors across the country will soon have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®. This philanthropic program awards 40 causes a $25,000 grant. Anyone in the United States can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com from Sept. 1-Sept. 15. Ultimately, voters will decide which community improvement projects win big. Returning for its fifth year, State Farm Neighborhood Assist asks individuals to identify causes that would help make their communities safer, stronger, and smarter. Up to 2,000 causes will be accepted. The State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) will then narrow down the field, using a scoring rubric to identify the top 200 submissions. The public will have a chance to vote 10 times a day, every day for 10 days from Oct. 26-Nov. 4 for their favorite causes from the list of finalists. Voting will take place at www.neighborhoodassist.com. The 40 causes that receive the most votes will win a $25,000 grant. Since the program began, State Farm has awarded $4 million to communities across North America, supporting a wide variety of causes, including fighting childhood hunger, helping homeless veterans, revitalizing parks, improving literacy, and offering athletic programs for children with disabilities. “Through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, you can help life go right, right in your neighborhood,” said Kellie Clapper, State Farm Assistant Vice President. “From identifying an important cause to rallying your community to vote for it, this program is all about neighbors helping neighbors.” Last year, people cast millions of votes for their favorite causes, selecting winners from small towns and big cities. Key Dates for 2016 State Farm Neighborhood Assist: Sept. 1-Sept. 15: Submit causes Sept. 16-Oct. 21: YAB identifies top 200 finalists Oct. 26-Nov. 4: Vote for causes Nov. 30: State Farm announces winners About State Farm®: The mission of State Farm is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. State Farm and its affiliates are the largest providers of auto and home insurance in the United States. Its nearly 19,000 agents and approximately 58,000 employees serve approximately 83 million policies and accounts – approximately 81 million auto, fire, life, health and commercial policies and approximately 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 36 on the 2018 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com. 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 2016. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.