Program for Low-Income, Sussex County Youth Receives $25,000
This past June, State Farm accepted 2,000 applications for the Neighborhood Assist grant program. These submissions represent causes from throughout the country which focus on supporting communities in need. A review committee narrowed down the submissions to the top 200 finalists which were posted online and voted on by the public. In just 10 days, 125,000 people cast more than 3 million votes in support of their favorite causes. The 40 causes with the most votes each wins a $25,000 grant.
We’re excited to share, Norwescap is a winner – in fact, the only winner in New Jersey! The $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant will support Norwescap’s Compadres program, which provides low-income, at-risk children throughout Sussex County with experiences, skills, support, and guidance needed to reach their highest potential. You can learn more by visiting Norwescap’s Neighborhood Assist page.
“We are thrilled Norwescap was able to compete at the national level through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program - and be a top vote-getter in support of our youth programming through Compadres,” says Norwescap CEO Mark Valli. “It is so important to expose kids to exciting learning opportunities and to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at an early age. State Farm’s funding will support our work to spark their imaginations and inspire them to explore the world around them.”
Compadres helps break the cycle of poverty by empowering and educating youth in a fun, supportive environment. Sussex County has significant pockets of poverty; for example, approximately 24.3% of children in Sussex Borough live in poverty, nearly double the New Jersey average. According to state tests scores, only 44% of children in the area school district are proficient in math and 55% in reading. By engaging Compadres youth in interactive experiences, career exploration and peer mentoring, in a safe environment, students can increase their chances of educational success, and develop resiliency, social-emotional skills, and build confidence.
“State Farm recognizes the good neighbor spirit in the organizations that will be implementing these community improvement projects,” said Rasheed Merritt, State Farm Corporate Responsibility Assistant Vice President. “We are proud to support their efforts.”
A total of 40 communities, in 18 states, are receiving a $25,000 assist from State Farm. The full list of winners can be found here.