Are You Ready to Assist Your Community?

Step up and vote to help your community win one of forty $25,000 State Farm Neighbourhood Assist® grants

Aurora, Ontario. April 29, 2014 – Communities across Canada and the United States answered the call to help create a positive impact in their community by submitting 4,000 causes as part of this year's State Farm Neighbourhood Assist.

Now the top 200 causes have been selected by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and they need your "assist" to help vote them into the top 40 and receive a $25,000 grant.

Toronto's "The Community Food Hub" is the sole Canadian cause looking for your assist. The Community Food Hub is collaboration between Skyline Farms and the Toronto Education Workers to provide healthier food choices to over 780 high school students. The $25,000 grant would be used to purchase 20 vertical aeroponic growing units, farming equipment and supplies. The Community Food Hub will provide hyper-local, nutritious and organic produce that youth will help grow and serve as a new learning environment for urban agriculture.

"A Neighbourhood Assist grant would help pave the way towards a generation of youth that are healthier, more environmentally conscious, and well-equipped for a future in sustainable agriculture," explains Gustavo Macias, co-founder of Skyline Farms. "With the help of the Youth Advisory Board, Skyline can build a model that can be replicated community-to-community, providing fresh, healthy food access and inspiring others towards what food culture should look like in 2014."

From April 28 through May 16, use the free State Farm Neighbourhood Assist Facebook application and vote up to 10 times a day for your favorite cause. On May 27, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced on Facebook and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to each of them.

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.

"After reviewing this year's cause submissions, I'm inspired by the variety of ways people are working every day to make their communities better places to live," said Youth Advisory Board member Jared Padgett, a Junior at the University of Florida. "This year we received at least one cause submission from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada; it's really exciting."

"The great thing about the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program is that it gives individuals the opportunity to really think about what can be done to make their communities stronger," said Kellie Clapper, State Farm Assistant Vice President. "State Farm is then able to 'assist' the top 40 vote receiving causes and positively impact the community by providing a $25,000 grant to a local partnering nonprofit organization."

For a complete list of the top 200 causes or to vote for a cause, get the free Facebook app at

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About the State Farm Youth Advisory Board

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board - is a diverse group of 30 youths, aged 17-20, who were chosen through a competitive process to lead and oversee a $5 million per year signature service-learning initiative. The Youth Board identified the issues, allocated competitive grants and will now provide technical assistance, communication and oversight to site grantees.