Albuquerque, NM (April 4, 2013) New Mexico residents answered the call from State Farm® to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhood. Now Albuquerque CASA needs your assist by voting them to the top and bringing grant money to this worthy cause. They are one of 200 selected causes vying for 40 $25,000 grants nationally.
Albuquerque CASAs goal is to provide emotional support for those children who find themselves involved in the court system with the initial focus on foster children. The $25,000 would ensure the purchase of a trained assistance dog, the necessary personnel training and required care of the dog for the first five years of the program. Albuquerque CASA plans to expand the program for additional canines to meet the need of the judicial community. In the child welfare department alone there are 600 children in states custody.
Anyone who has the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application can vote for Albuquerque CASA to help bring $25,000 to this great cause.
Facebook users have until April 22 to rally votes in their community, with anyone voting 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.
You can help Albuquerque CASA by casting your votes at https://www.state-assist.com/cause/4159/abq-courthouse-dog.
3,000 submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhood. 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.
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CASAs mission is to provide expressly trained volunteer advocates to preserve and protect the rights and interests of children involved in all aspects of the Children?s Court system. CASA volunteers are appointed by judges to watch over and advocate for abused and neglected children. Volunteers stay with each case until it is closed and the child is placed in a safe, permanent home. For many abused children, their CASA volunteer will be the one constant adult presence in their lives. Independent research has demonstrated that children with a CASA volunteer are substantially less likely to spend time in long-term foster care and less likely to reenter care. Since 1985, the Albuquerque CASA program has provided these valuable volunteers for children who have experienced trauma from abuse and/or neglect. For the past 26 years, over 1,150 community members have been trained to advocate for the safety and permanency for over 12,000 children from 0-18 years old. For more information please visit http://www.casaabq.org/.
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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