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April 9, 2013
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Help Lake Tahoe win a $25,000 grant for green business programs

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Lake Tahoe agencies answered the call from State Farm to submit causes that would make a positive impact in their neighborhood. The Keep the Sierra Green business program needs your “assist.” Vote them to the top to bring a $25,000 grant to the Lake Tahoe area. Through April 22, vote for the Keep the Sierra Green program with the free State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application.

With a State Farm Neighborhood Assist grant, Keep the Sierra Green would get funding to allow program expansion to the entire Lake Tahoe region, creating a more robust and sustainable program.

The grant would be used to educate the business community, students and consumers about environmentally sustainable best practices and promote businesses that are actively using eco-friendly best practices. Current partners of Keep the Sierra Green include the Incline Village General Improvement District, town of Truckee, Nevada County and Placer County.

Three thousand submissions were received through State Farm Neighborhood Assist, a youth-led philanthropic program that empowers communities to identify issues in their neighborhoods. At least one cause was received from every eligible state, district and province in the United States and Canada. Then, the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, a diverse group of 30 students who are passionate about social responsibility, reviewed the cause submissions and selected the 200 finalists based on criteria they created.

Once the Youth Advisory Board selected the top 200, the program connected each cause with a local nonprofit that can help solve the problem. Forty-three states and Canadian provinces have causes in the top 200.

Keep the Sierra Green has until April 22 to rally votes, with anyone voting allowed up to 10 votes per day on the State Farm Neighborhood Assist Facebook application. On April 29, the top 40 vote-receiving causes will be announced on the Facebook app and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits.

“The beauty of State Farm Neighborhood Assist is that it places decision-making power directly in the hands of the public,” said State Farm California Youth Advisory Board Member Brianna Pang. “We hope the 2013 program is able to increase last year’s widespread positive impact on U.S. and Canadian communities.”

For a complete list of the top 200 causes or to vote for the Incline Village General Improvement District, click here.

About State Farm

State Farm and its affiliates are the largest provider of car insurance in the U.S. and is a leading insurer in Canada. In addition to providing auto insurance quotes, their 17,800 agents and more than 65,000 employees serve 81 million policies and accounts – more than 79 million auto, home, life and health policies in the United States and Canada, and nearly 2 million bank accounts. Commercial auto insurance, along with coverage for renters, business owners, boats and motorcycles, is also available. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is the parent of the State Farm family of companies. State Farm is ranked No. 43 on the Fortune 500 list of largest companies. For more information visit www.statefarm.com or in Canada www.statefarm.ca.

About the Youth Advisory Board

The Youth Advisory Board is comprised of 30 students, ages 17-20, from across the United States and Canada who serve a two-year term. Their directive is to implement a $5 million-a-year signature service-learning initiative to address issues important to youth and communities. The Board is completely autonomous and youth-driven, and funds projects focused on issues selected by the board that impact youth. It consists of a diverse group of full-time students at high schools and universities. Each member commits about 15 hours a month to the Board and participates in three face-to-face meetings per calendar year. The Board will fund the 40 grants awarded through the State Farm Neighborhood Assist program with a portion of its $5 million funding in 2013. For more information on the Youth Advisory Board, visit www.statefarmyab.com.


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Tahoe Daily Tribune Updated Apr 9, 2013 05:55PM Published Apr 9, 2013 10:54AM Copyright 2013 Tahoe Daily Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.