Metro Atlanta nonprofit tells how they won in 2016

When Tammy Wiggins first heard about the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program, she thought, “That’s exactly what we’re doing. Changing communities one kid at a time.”

 

Wiggins, the Executive Director of Crosswalk Ministries USA in Henry County, GA, knew what a difference a $25,000 grant could make for ARTreach 180. ARTreach 180 is an arts-based after school program for high-risk youth. Since its inception in 2010, the initiative has served nearly 350 students.

 

So after submitting their cause and being selected as one of the Top 200, it was time for Crosswalk to gear up for the voting phase. The organization started a social media campaign, sent texts and emails to their supporters, and engaged the local media.

 

“We used every available resource we could find to garner support and votes for our cause,” shared Wiggins.

 

Their efforts paid off as ARTreach 180 was one of 40 causes across the U.S. in 2016 to receive a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant.

 

“This was the largest grant the organization has ever received and it has greatly impacted the kids,” said Wiggins.

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Forty causes will each win a $25,000 grant to assist their neighborhood

State Farm Neighborhood Assist® is back to help communities across the U.S. turn caring into doing

Neighbors across the country have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Neighborhood Assist®, which is back for its sixth year.

Forty causes will be awarded a $25,000 grant each to assist their communities. Residents of the United States can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com from June 7-June 21 or when 2,000 submissions are reached, whichever comes first. Ultimately, voters will decide which community improvement projects win big.

State Farm Neighborhood Assist asks individuals to identify causes that would help make their communities safer, stronger, and smarter.

The State Farm Review Committee will then narrow down the field, using a scoring rubric to identify the top 200 submissions.

The public will have a chance to vote up to 10 times a day, every day for 10 days from August 16-August 25 at www.neighborhoodassist.com for their favorite causes from the list of finalists.

The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant. Winners will be announced on Good Neighbor Day, September 28.

Since the program began, State Farm has awarded $5 million to communities across North America, supporting a wide variety of causes, including:

  • Fighting childhood hunger
  • Helping homeless veterans
  • Revitalizing parks
  • Improving literacy
  • Offering athletic programs for children with disabilities 

“State Farm has a rich history of giving back to the communities where we live and work, helping make life go right,” 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, 72,000 Americans cast 1.8 Million votes for their favorite causes, selecting winners from small towns and big cities. Be part of the movement and submit your cause to improve your community starting June 7.

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 nearly 70,000 employees serve more than 84 million policies and accounts – more than 81 million auto, fire, life, health and commercial policies, and more than 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. 33 on the 2016 Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com.