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This Year’s Neighborhood Assist Literacy Contestants
Posted by Jennifer Paulding on August 22, 2017 in categoryStories from the FieldcategoryNews
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Have you heard of Neighborhood Assist®?

For the sixth year now, residents in all 50 states have the unique opportunity to help their communities thrive through State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants.

How it Works

State Farm asks individuals who wish to participate in the chance to win $25,000 to submit entries that fall under one of three broad areas: education, safety, and community development. Each entry must identify ways that will make a community safer, stronger, and smarter. Once all submissions are received, least 2,000 submissions are made, the State Farm Review Committee scores each entry narrow down the selection to 200 submissions.

Then the public can vote. The top 40 vote getters receive $25,000 grants for their cause. This year, the public has a chance to vote up to 10 times a day until August 25.

We are excited that seven of the 200 finalists are causes that focus on different types of literacy and span all age groups. If you want to vote and be a part of this amazing effort to make change for communities across the country, vote here or click the links below. 

Vote for Adult Literacy

We would like to tell you a little bit more about one cause in particular who reached out to ProLiteracy and made us aware of this unique event. 

The READ Center  is a community-based nonprofit organization in Richmond, VA, that helps adults with low-literacy develop basic reading and communication skills so they can fulfill their roles as citizens, workers, and family members. The organization has been helping learners since 1982 by providing a number of services, including small classroom instruction, one-to-one tutoring, and health literacy.

We want to share this note from The READ Center.

An individual named Alicia came to The READ Center with goals to enhance her writing, increase her word knowledge, and possibly enroll in a college course. Since coming to a class, she reports feeling better about her reading ability. Alicia shared that she no longer feels uncomfortable presenting information to her work colleagues. She is working on enrolling in her first college class this fall.

Stories like these are the heart of The READ Center. The READ Center is a community-based adult literacy organization in Richmond, Virginia. Through instructor-led classes, and one-to-one tutoring, the organization helps local adults work on their personal learning goals – like job attainment, getting a driver’s license, furthering their education, reading food labels, or just reading for pleasure. Ten percent of adults in metro Richmond struggle with literacy issues. READ serves just over 200 students a year, and demand for services remains constant. 

The [State Farm] Neighborhood Assist grant would be used to provide funding for The READ Center classes, including for a new class in the Southside of Richmond, a high-poverty neighborhood.

Without basic literacy skills, people cannot succeed in education or job training. We hope the community will vote for The READ Center in the Neighborhood Assist contest so we can help more adults who want to improve their literacy and their lives.

You can support this cause and vote for The READ Center here.

Other State Farm Neighborhood Assist literacy contestants:





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