Online Charity and State Farm® Help Students in Need, Doubles Donor Dollars
Lexington, KY., April 2, 2012 - The storms that ripped thru Eastern Kentucky just a few weeks ago devastated schools in West Liberty and Salyersville. The buildings were badly damaged and students were unable to resume learning until administrators found temporary classroom space.
Thanks to their efforts, school is resuming, but many teachers lost their essential classroom supplies in the storms. DonorsChoose.org and State Farm can help.
State Farm® has joined with the innovative philanthropic program to get the children of West Liberty Elementary School, Salyersville Elementary School and Herald Whitaker Middle School in Salyersville learning again. Teachers post their classroom needs on DonorsChoose.org - such as a reading rug, computers, and chairs. Then, you can browse requests and give any amount to the one that inspires you. State Farm is providing a 50 percent match for all contributions. State Farm is providing a 50 percent match for all contributions, up to $15,000 per school.
"This is an instance in which donating a little can go a long way," says Pat Warren, State Farm’s Vice President-Agency. "This program really speaks to our mission—to be like a good neighbor to those who need our help."
The area’s state representatives are also appreciative of State Farm’s efforts.
"The State Farm contribution to our school districts will go a long way in helping replenish lost supplies and support projects that need to be restored in our classrooms," said Rep. John Will Stacy, who represents West Liberty. "While it will take a long time for us to recover from the March 2 tornadoes, efforts such as ‘Double your Dollars’ give West Liberty and other communities hope and encouragement that we will."
"This outpouring of support sends us a clear message others care; this gives us hope," said Rep. John Short. "I am grateful to State Farm for their generous donation to our damaged schools. I’m hopeful many others will follow their lead by participating in the ‘Double Your Dollars’ campaign, raising funds to replenish essential school supplies."
"There will be many expenses neither FEMA or insurance will cover and State Farm’s initiative will go a long way to helping the recovery efforts in these devastated communities," said Sen. Robert Stivers. "These school supplies will help our kids return to relative normalcy even as their surrounding towns are being rebuilt."
To find out more about the projects and to donate, go to http://www.donorschoose.org/blog/2012/03/13/state-farm-supports-disaster-relief/
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