State Farm Neighborhood Assist Needs Your Help Choosing Their $25,000 Grant Recipients #MC #Sponsored

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for State Farm. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

When I was a child, I was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout with my troop 114 until I was in high school. During that time, we did our part to help out our community in many ways, including helping the local Boy Scouts build a nature trail at a park that is still there today and flourishing with flowers and wildlife. Throughout high school and college, I continued donating time and volunteering. I remember picking up trash along highways, visiting nursing homes and spending time with the elderly and, one of my favorites, volunteering time in the emergency room at a nearby hospital each week. Now that I have children, it's been very important for me to share my love of volunteer work and giving back to others. I very much believe in paying it forward even in very small ways. I've tried to teach them through my own actions over the years, whether giving money to the homeless or even buying a meal for someone who does not have enough money. Then, my own children were the recipients of an amazing gift through Make A Wish Foundation when my son's wish to visit Disney World was granted. Since then, they've met many other families, had the change to raise money for cancer research and have joined wholeheartedly the fight against cancer. In addition, my boys just recently walked in the March for Babies in Atlanta, which was a huge fundraiser event for the prevention of premature birth, helping mothers and their babies.

With my history of volunteer work, it's no wonder I was very excited to write about the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program once again. Each year communities submit their ideas to State Farm for bettering their community and 200 submissions are selected. Then, State Farm needs our help narrowing down those submissions to 40. It's a very tough decision, so it's very important for everyone to take a look at all of the communities, read their ideas and choose your favorites. Why? Because the 40 communities with the most votes will receive a $25,000 grant, making their dream become a reality! You can vote for your favorite cause or causes daily through May 16th, so you have 4 more days to help communities get one vote closer to their final total.
There were a total of 4 community ideas submitted for Georgia and all of them sound amazing and worthy of the $25,000 grant, but the one that resonates the most with me is Project H.O.P.E. It currently supplies kindergarten through third grade with tutors and mentors to help them succeed and reach their educational goals. Those who are part of the program know that success does not stop at 3rd grade and many students continue to need extra help throughout school. The grant would help them expand the program to include fourth and fifth grade, provide free lunches and much, much more. As a mom who needed tutoring in school and has a special needs child who will need special attention once in school, I think this project is a great one to support and, for that reason, we gave many votes to this cause!

In which ways have you gotten your family involved in the community? Be sure to take a few minutes to vote for these great ideas via the State Farm Facebook app. They can make such a difference for so many people and communities. The possibilities really are endless with $25,000 in grant money!

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for State Farm. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.


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