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Cornerstone Family Programs Wins $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist® Grant

Morristown Organization for Female Veterans is One of 100 Countrywide Winners

 

State Farm agents recently presented Cornerstone Family Programs with a $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, which will support female veterans in need.

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This past February, State Farm hosted its annual Neighborhood Assist program and accepted 4,000 applications for worthy causes, from throughout the country.  The applications focused on supporting communities in need.  The 4,000 applications were reviewed and narrowed down to the top 200.  The top 200 finalists were then posted online for the public to vote on throughout 10 days. 

 

In that time, 88,000 people cast more than 2 million votes in support of their favorite causes.  As a result, 100 communities in 34 states are getting an assist from State Farm®.  The 100 winners, including Cornerstone, are each receiving $25,000 grants to support local community causes.

 

Cornerstone is based in Morristown and provides programs and services for children, teens, adults, families, veterans, and senior citizens and their caregivers. 

 

The Neighborhood Assist grant will specifically support Operation Sisterhood, a Cornerstone program that supports female veterans.  Operation Sisterhood, a program for women by women, is a safe haven for hundreds of valiant female veterans, offering a place of camaraderie, nurturing and healing.  Returning from the battlefields of war, female troops have experienced many crises in their transition home that are unique to their community.  The funding will help provide free, supportive activities, such as equine therapy, life coaching, music, art and dance therapy, fitness, nutrition and cooking classes, as well as the annual summer camping trip.

 

Without proper support, female veterans can be prone to depression, economic instability and homelessness. 

 

“We are so excited Cornerstone gained enough votes to finish as one of the 100 grant winners and was one of six grant winners in New Jersey,” says State Farm Corporate Responsibility Analyst Jennifer Young.  “Their ability to earn enough support to win this grant demonstrates the strength and commitment of the community, as well as their passion to help neighbors in need.”

 

In the eleven years of the Neighborhood Assist program, nearly 500 causes have received a total of $12.5 million to enact change in their communities.

 

“We are thrilled to be a recipient of this State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant and be among 100 wonderful causes,” said Patrice Picard, Chief Executive Officer, Cornerstone Family Programs.

 

The check was presented to Cornerstone by local State Farm agents in Morristown. 

 

“We are celebrating State Farm’s 100th anniversary this year and providing 100 causes with a total of $2.5 million is a great way to celebrate,” adds Jennifer.  “We look forward to seeing the impact of this grant throughout the Morristown area.”

 

For a complete list of this year’s 100 winners, please visit: www.neighborhoodassist.com.

 

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