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May 7, 2014

Decatur Township Fire hoping for 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 the Decatur Township Fire Department needs “assist”ance to help vote them into the top 40.

From now 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 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.

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

In its third year, State Farm Neighborhood Assist is a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers individuals of all ages to identify the issues they feel are the 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. The 200 finalists now move on to a public vote with the non-profits of the top 40 causes receiving a $25,000 grant. This year, 41 states and Canadian provinces have causes in the top 200.

“Be Safe Decatur Township” is looking to rally votes in the community.

On May 27, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced on the Facebook app and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated non-profits.

For a complete list of the top 200 causes or to get the free Facebook app, visit the website at www.statefarm.com/neighborhoodassist.

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