May 15, 2013 - After two and a half weeks of voting with more than 3.4 million votes, State Farm® is proud to announce that two Florida nonprofits rallied enough Facebook votes to receive a $25,000 grant to improve their communities of Orange City (near Orlando) and Melbourne.
Colin's Dream Park - sponsored by the Colin Anderson Skatepark Memorial Fund in Orange City near Orlando - earned a total of 46,968 Facebook votes to place in the top 40 State Farm Neighborhood Assist causes and win a $25,000 grant. The grant will help create Colin's Dream Park "CDP"- a free, safe, low maintenance and fun skate park for Orange City kids in memory of Colin, who was tragically killed after being struck by a vehicle while street skating with a friend.
"We are thrilled to have received so many votes, and winning this State Farm grant will go a long way in creating a place where anyone from our community can come and skate without restrictions and without limitations," said Casandra Sprague, coordinator of the Colin Anderson Skatepark Memorial Fund. "With everything from ramps to rails, the children of this community will have a freedom Colin never got to enjoy. Yet, with Colin's giving spirit, nothing would make him happier than knowing that in some way he might have been the provider of so much joy."
NOTE TO MEDIA: A special event to celebrate winning the State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant will be held during an auction/music festival and fundraiser to support Colin's Dream Park on Sunday, June 9, from 2-6 pm, at Cafe Da Vinci's in Deland. Interviews about Colin's Dream Park can be arranged.
Kids Helping Kids! - sponsored by Nerve2Serve Inc. in Melbourne - earned a total of 46,957 Facebook votes, also placing in the top 40 Neighborhood Assist causes and winning a $25,000 grant. Nerve2Serve, a youth-driven community service organization, will join forces with Feeding Children Everywhere to tackle the problem of childhood hunger by bringing together a community of caring youth and adults to assemble and package vitamin-enriched meals for students and families in need. The $25,000 Neighborhood Assist grant will provide 100,000 healthy meals that will be distributed to hungry children across Brevard county.
"It is so awesome to have an organization like State Farm offer communities the opportunity to come up with projects that meet a real need. State Farm truly is a good neighbor," said Paula McCabe, who, along with her husband Dennis, founded Nerve2Serve with her husband Dennis in 2010. "It has been both exciting and inspirational to see the support from our community as they voted for our project on Facebook. Kids Helping Kids is a win-win for everyone, and will mobilize local kids in the fight against childhood hunger. Being part of an effort to bring 100,000 meals to area children is a true blessing."
NOTE TO MEDIA: A sample of the meals and how they are assembled and packaged - along with interviews with the Nerve2Serve kids - can be arranged, and details of an upcoming check presentation to follow. The meals will be assembled and packaged during a special hunger project on July 20.
These Florida causes were two of 3,000 cause submissions received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist™, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative that relies on non-profit organizations to create solutions to community issues identified by Facebook users. Of the 3,000 submissions 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. From April 4 through April 22, the Facebook community was encouraged to vote for their favorite cause. Nearly 100,000 people took to Facebook during the nearly three week period.
"The strong engagement both these Florida causes received shows such an inspiring level of commitment and engagement within our communities as we work to solve local issues," said Julie Smith, State Farm Community Specialist for Florida. "We look forward to watching Colin's Dream Park and Kids Helping Kids make their Florida neighborhoods safer, stronger, and better educated with the help of State Farm Neighborhood Assist."
For a complete list of the top 40 causes or for more information about the program visit www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist
State Farm community contacts:
|Jose Soto||(786) 394-9688|
|Julie Smith||(863) 318-2885|
State Farm media contact:
|Florida State Farm Media Specialist|
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.
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