WESTFIELD, NJ — State Farm Insurance is kicking off its seventh annual Neighborhood Assist grant program this week. In the past six years, four New Jersey nonprofits have won $25,000 in State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants to support community initiatives. So far, none of them are from Westfield. Agent Christine Cosenza, whose office is located on Elm Street, hopes to change that.
“State Farm is here to help life go right in neighborhoods all across the country,” Cosenza said. “We look forward to seeing positive changes in 40 communities because of these Neighborhood Assist grants and hopefully we can bring some of that money to a deserving cause in Westfield.”
Part of the State Farm Neighborhood of Good initiative, which inspires and empowers people to turn caring into doing, the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program awards $25,000 grants to 40 nonprofit organizations to help fund neighborhood projects involved in education, safety and community development.
Individuals can submit a cause at www.neighborhoodassist.com starting Wednesday, June 6 until June 15 or when 2,000 submissions are reached, whichever comes first. The State Farm Review Committee will then narrow down the field, using a scoring rubric to identify the top 200 submissions.
Ultimately, voters will decide which community improvement projects win big. The public will have a chance to vote 10 times a day, every day for 10 days from Aug.15 to Aug. 24 for their favorite causes from the list of finalists. Voting will take place at www.neighborhoodassist.com.
The 40 causes that receive the most votes will each win a $25,000 grant and winners will be announced on Tuesday, Sept. 25 at www.neighborhoodassist.com.
“Neighborhood Assist is another example of how State Farm is successfully turning caring into doing in communities all across the U.S.,” said Ed Woods, State Farm director-human resources. “From identifying an important cause, to rallying your community to vote for it, this program is all about neighbors helping neighbors.”
Last year, 119,000 people cast 3.1 Million votes in support of their favorite causes, selecting winners from small towns and big cities.
Since the program began, State Farm has awarded $6 million to more than 200 organizations.