The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, May. 28, 2020

State Farm seeking community ’causes’

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Neighbors across the country, and here in Van Wert County, will soon have an exciting opportunity to help change their communities for the better through State Farm Insurance Company’s Neighborhood Assist® program, according to local agent Tisha Fast.

Van Wert State Farm agent Tisha Fast is promoting the company’s Good Neighbor program.
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As a company, State Farm® continues the effort through its Neighborhood of Good® program to inspire and empower people to turn caring into doing. As part of this platform, State Farm Neighborhood Assist is back for its eighth year in 2019.

“State Farm was founded on being that good neighbor, so giving back is in their nature,” Fast noted. “The State Farm motto is ‘Here to help life go right’; in this case, they say ‘here to help communities go right’.”

State Farm invites people to submit a community cause about which they’re passionate and to rally behind that cause for a chance to win a $25,000 grant through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, Fast noted. Anyone 18 years of age and older in the U.S. can participate.

Here’s what people need to know:

  • The cause submission phase opens June 5.
  • Area residents can submit one cause in one of three categories: safety, community development, or education.
  • All people have to do is submit the cause; they don’t have to “run the program.”

State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a crowd-sourced philanthropic initiative, lets communities determine where grant funding is awarded. The application is short and simple, and State Farm encourages people to learn more by visiting

Applications will be judged, based on answers to the following three questions:

  • How much does the “cause” focus on an unmet need in a community?
  • Why does an applicant feel the $25,000 would address the unmet need?
  • How much of a lasting impact on the community would the proposal have?

After the submission phase ends, the State Farm Review Committee will read and narrow down all the submissions to the top 200 finalists.

Once the top 200 causes are identified, they will appear on the website above to be voted on by community members. The voting phase will last from August 14-August 23 and each person gets up to 10 votes per day, every day during those 10 days.

The top 40 causes with the most votes will each receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm.

Winners will be announced September 25 on the website.

“We have a lot of people that have great ideas to support our community, so I am hopeful that we can earn a $25,000 grant for this community,” Fast said.

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