Local school receives a $25,000 grant to make a difference in the community
Bloomington, IL (June 21, 2012) -State Farm® is proud to announce a local school has received a $25,000 grant to improve their community.
Midland Elementary School (Lacon), was among 3,000 Cause submissions State Farm received through Cause An Effect, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that relies on non-profit organizations to create solutions to community issues identified by Facebook users.
“We couldn't have accomplished this without the overwhelming support from the community,” said Julie Albers, Midland School principal. “Because they voted each day AND shared the message with their Facebook family and friends around the country, we definitely are able to ‘Cause An Effect!’ It was truly a community effort. Teachers and district employees posted the message on their own Facebook pages. Our local businesses distributed flyers, reminding their own customers to vote, and local business owners like State Farm agent Jackie Padesky, also used social media to get our message out.”
State Senator Darin LaHood joined State Farm Agent Jackie Padesky this month at the school to present the grant money to Principal Julie Albers and congratulate Midland students.
The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students, reviewed the 3,000 Cause submissions and helped State Farm select the top 100 finalists. State Farm then identified and paired nonprofits with each Cause; the affiliated nonprofits of the top 40 Causes will each receive a $25,000 grant to create and execute a plan to address the Cause.
From April 27 through May 17, the Facebook community was encouraged to visit the Cause An Effect app and vote for their favorite Cause. More than 38,000 people took to Facebook during the three week period; Midland received 39,865 votes, the fourth most votes in the program, while Atlanta received 18,512 votes, coming in 22 in the program.
“The considerable amount of votes these Causes received shows the level of commitment and engagement within our community to solve local issues,” said Kellie Clapper, Assistant Vice President of Community Relations for State Farm. “We look forward to watching these nonprofits and the communities come together to make their neighborhood safer, stronger, and better educated with the help of Cause An Effect.”
For a complete list of the top 40 Causes or for more information about Cause An Effect, visit the State Farm Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/statefarm).
Holly Anderson, State Farm Insurance Media Relations Specialist, (309) 735-7745
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 Cause An Effect program with a portion of its $5 million funding in 2012. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmYouth Advisory Board.com.
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