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April 29, 2014

Decatur Township Fire looks to secure grant

Decatur Township answered the call from State Farm to help create a positive impact in its community by submitting causes as part of this year’s State Farm Neighborhood Assist.

Now the top 200 causes have been selected by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and Decatur Township Fire Department needs the public’s “assist” to help vote them into the top 40.

From April 28 through May 16, anyone who has the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application can vote daily for “Be Safe Decatur Township” and help bring $25,000 to the community.

To vote for “Be Safe Decatur Township,” click https://apps.facebook.com/sf_neighbor_assist/?fb_source=search&ref=br_tf.

The $25,000 grant would enable the Decatur Township Fire Department to purchase smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors to be distributed into the community. In addition, it would assist in the purchasing of basic emergency supply kits that are essential for older adults in the community.

These tools are essential in making Decatur Township a safer and more prepared community.

The grant would enable the department to educate multiple age groups in the areas of fire prevention, emergency preparedness, and overall wellness.

The community has more than 33,000 people.

“Be Safe Decatur Township” would provide emergency preparedness kits for residents which would be extremely useful during major disasters. In addition, by placing these kits in the community, it enables the fire department to educate and establish a relationship with community members before a disaster.

In its third year, State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a youth-led philanthropic program designed to empower individuals of all ages to identify the issues they feel are most important to their communities.

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, manages the program and reviewed each of the 4,000 cause submissions, selecting the top 200 finalists using a scoring criterion they created.

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