The Can Do Playground Needs Your Vote
Washington, D.C. (April 4, 2013) Milford, Delaware answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhood. Now the Can Do Playground needs your assist by voting them to the top and bringing money to Milford. From April 4 through April 22, anyone who has the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application can vote for the Can Do Playground to help win a $25,000 grant.
The Can Do Playground looks to create a Boundless Playground, where children and adults of all abilities can play together. The Can Do Playground at Milford will provide an opportunity for children with any disability mental, physical, or emotional to play, interact and exercise in a space designed specifically with their special needs in mind. In southern Delaware, several thousand children who are not institutionalized have some form of physical, cognitive or sensory disability, which limits their opportunity to use traditional playground equipment. Every area of the playground will be accessible, provide ramping for wheelchairs, a rubber surface so everyone can safely get in the middle of play, high back swings for those with hypotonia, low muscle tone and more.
The maximum 3,000 submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhood. At least one cause was received from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the cause submissions and selected the 200 finalists based on criteria they created.
Once the Youth Advisory Board selected the top 200, the program connected each cause with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem. Forty-three states and Canadian provinces have causes in the top 200.
The Can Do Playground has until April 22 to rally votes. Anyone voting is allowed up to 10 votes per day. On April 29, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced on the Facebook app and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.
The beauty of State Farm Neighborhood Assist is that it places decision-making power directly in the hands of the public, said State Farm Spokesperson Anna Bryant. We hope the 2013 program is able to increase last year's widespread positive impact on U.S. and Canadian communities.
For a complete list of the top 200 causes or to vote for The Can Do Playground, click here https://www.state-assist.com/cause/77/the-can-do-playground.
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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 2013. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.