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State Farm encourages Mississippi communities to submit causes for a $25,000 grant to assist with neighborhood project

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JACKSON, MS (WDAM) -

This is a news release from State Farm

February 28, 2014 - Jackson MS   – Starting Monday, State Farm is accepting ideas from Mississippi residents that would help make their community a better place to live. From March 3 through March 23, people from the United States and Canada can submit a cause for a chance to win one of 40 $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist® grants. Last year Community Animal Rescue & Adoption (CARA) received a $25,000 grant and used it to build an off leash dog park in Jackson.

Now in its third year, Neighborhood Assist is a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers people to identify the issues they feel are the most important in their communities.  The program then connects them with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem and provides an opportunity to receive one of 40 $25,000 grants. 

"People are looking for ways to help their communities," said State Farm spokesman Roszell Gadson. "Neighborhood Assist empowers individuals to identify problems in their communities and provides funding to help create a positive impact."

Here's how it works.  Beginning on March 3rd, people are invited to submit causes via the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook app.  When a maximum of 4,000 cause submissions are received (deadline of March 23), the State Farm Youth Advisory Board will review all submissions and identify the top 200 based on a scoring rubric.  The top 200 causes will then be announced on April 28 and anyone who has the free Facebook app can vote for their favorite causes with up to 10 votes per day until May 16.  The top 40 vote-receiving causes will then each receive a $25,000 grant to help address the submitted cause.  The top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced via the Facebook app on May 27.

For more information on State Farm Neighborhood Assist or to submit a cause, get the free Facebook app at www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist.

About State Farm®
State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 18,000 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 44 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information, please visit http://www.statefarm.com or in Canada http://www.statefarm.ca.

About the Youth Advisory Board

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 2014. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.