State Farm representatives recently presented a $25,000 Neighborhood Assist check to students from Reidland Middle School.
Front row: students Brooklin Preston, Kush Patel, Cameron Quertermous, Molly Phillips, Esmeralda Lanus, Jay Martin
Back row: agent staff member Michael Jett, Paducah agent Mason Denton, Assistant Principal Dylan Sonnek, Principal Randy Layne, McCracken County Board of Education member Alice Shemwell, agent staff member Katelyn Austin and Paducah agent Kent Bohanon)
In just 10 days in August, more than 125,000 people cast more than 3 Million votes in support of their favorite causes. As a result, 40 communities, in 18 states, including Reidland Middle School in Paducah, will be getting an assist from State Farm®. State Farm is proud to announce the Top 40 vote-getting causes that have won $25,000 grants to improve their communities.
State Farm Neighborhood Assist® is a crowd-sourced philanthropic grant program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. Non-profits affiliated with each of the top 40 causes receive grants to address them.
Reidland Middle School will use the money to help prepare all kids for successful, fulfilling futures in high school and beyond. Their 21st Century before/after-school program offers students an extra 62 days-worth of instruction and support to counteract the odds stacked against them. In addition to tutoring and enrichment clubs, the program offers social-emotional support & meaningful connection with other kids and caring adults, plus an extra hot meal & 3 more hrs of safety every day.
“State Farm recognizes the good neighbor spirit in the organizations that will be implementing these community improvement projects,” said Rasheed Merritt, Assistant Vice President at State Farm. “We are proud to support their efforts.”
Two thousand cause submissions were accepted in June at www.neighborhoodassist.com. The State Farm Review Committee selected the Top 200 finalists and public voting determined the Top 40. In the ten years of the program, more than 380 causes have received a total of $10 million to enact change in their communities.