Jackson, MS (April 30, 2013) After two and a half weeks and more than 3.4 million votes, State FarmŽ is proud to announce that Community Animal Rescue and Adoption will receive a $25,000 grant to improve the Jackson community.
CARA is thrilled to receive this generous grant from State Farm Neighborhood Assist, said Executive Director, Laura Lillard. These funds will allow CARA to complete work on Bree's Bark Park, the Jackson metro area's first off-leash dog park. The park is designed to provide shelter dogs and other dogs in the community an open play and training area to get exercise, become more socialized, interact with potential adopters, and learn agility skills.
CARA was one 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; CARA received more than 51,000 votes, the 9th most votes in the program. CARA has the best supporters in the world. When we asked our 15,000 Facebook fans for votes during Neighborhood Assist, the response was overwhelming, said Lillard.
The strong engagement CARA received shows the level of commitment and engagement within the community to solve local issues and needs, said State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. We look forward to seeing pet owners and their pets enjoy the new dog park courtesy 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.
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.
CARA is a non-profit, true ?no-kill? animal rescue organization that cares for hundreds of abused, unwanted and stray animals in the Jackson metropolitan area. Since 2001, CARA has re-homed over 6000 companion animals. The primary goals of CARA are to: 1) place adoptable animals into loving, caring homes, thereby enhancing the bond between people and animals; 2) support spay/neuter programs; and 3) promote responsible pet ownership by educating the community on the benefits of ensuring the proper care of pets.
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