Our mission at State Farm® is to help people manage the risks of everyday life, recover from the unexpected, and realize their dreams. While we achieve a good part of our mission through the products and services we offer, we also work hard to find ways to give back to the community.
Each year, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board (YAB) awards $5 million for large-scale, student-driven service-learning projects that address pressing social issues, including environmental responsibility. In 2010, the YAB directed $1.6 million of those funds to environmental innovation projects, including the testing of waterways near Woodstock, Georgia; the recycling of rainwater in Pomona, Kansas; and the development of an environmental education center in Orlando, Florida.
The Good Neighbor Citizenship® (GNC) program is the umbrella for State Farm and State Farm Companies Foundation® charitable efforts and is committed to volunteerism, raising the achievement levels of our nation's teachers and students, making homes and highways safe, and building stronger communities. We've given $1.2 million in program grants for green activities.
In 2009, the GNC program awarded $10,000 to an Eco Education project in St. Paul, Minnesota. Eco Education involves young people and their teachers with service-learning, field trips, community projects, neighborhood investigations, professional development workshops, curriculum and presentations. Over 285 teachers and 13,150 inner city children in the Twin Cities have benefitted from this program.
Investigation Field trips will help provide assistance, resources, equipment, field trip funds, and mini-grants to students and teachers as they carry out environmental service-learning projects in their neighborhoods. The field trips will give students the opportunity to have out-of-classroom experiences that relate to investigating community issues and provide students with the skills of planning and presenting a project, and writing grants for what they want to do.
State Farm® is committed to a future where environmental values are key to the way we do business. We will continue to find solutions to reduce our company impacts and help build safer and greener communities.
At State Farm, A Good Neighbor is a Green Neighbor.™