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Neighbors to nominate community causes for a chance to win big

GENESEE COUNTY – 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 from Sept. 1-15. 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 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. – G.G.

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